Trump is touting his success in brokering a normalization agreement between Israel and the countries of UAE and Bahrain, suggesting more peace deals will come with up to nine more countries.
While many peace accords in the Middle East have fallen apart over the years, I would love to see any effort succeed that brings together all the inhabitants of the Middle East, including the Palestinians, in a way that leaves everyone satisfied and at peace.
But as Trump brings countries together, he continues to tear apart our country’s relationship with Iran. Trump has imposed harsh sanctions, which Iranian president Hassan Brouhaha says has harmed the country’s ability to deal with the coronavirus outbreak.
Trump ordered the assassination of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani last January. And now, intelligence reports suggest a possible counter-assassination by Iran to avenge the U.S. If that happens, President Trump has promised a retaliation that is “1,000 times larger.”
If I am elected president, I promise an approach that will be 1,000 times more prudent.
U.S. politicians have a long history of getting things wrong in Iran, starting with the 1953 coup that replaced a functioning democracy with a hated dictatorship, leading to the Islamic revolution and the despotic regime that afflicts Iran today. The current problems in Iran were very much made in America by blundering U.S. politicians. This must end.
I will stop trying to fix Iran. I will divorce the U.S. from Iran entirely. No more sanctions. No more saber-rattling. No more threats and counter-threats.
Peace in the Middle East cannot be assured unless we are at peace with every country in the region.