What are Trump's intentions for the Middle East?
Trump has spent his relatively brief political career as a critic of U.S. adventures across the Middle East.
"Let someone else fight over this long bloodstained sand," he said in October when announcing a drawback of American forces in Syria.
During a Thanksgiving visit, the president told American forces in Afghanistan he had restarted peace talks with the Taliban — having abandoned them a few months before — and that he hoped they might all be home to celebrate Thanksgiving next year at home.
At the same time, however, the United States has only scaled up its military deployments across the region, including with troops posted to Saudi Arabia and elsewhere in response to previous violence by Iran, including its attack on a major Saudi oil refinery.
Now American forces are on high alert poised to try to defend embassies, bases and other facilities from an Iranian response to Soleimani's death.
Does Trump have a road map to align the facts on the ground with his own aspirations?
https://www.thedailybeast.com/why-obama-bush-and-bibi-all-passed-on-killing-qassem-soleimani?ref=scrollWhy Obama, Bush, and Bibi All Passed on Killing Soleimani
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2013/09/30/the-shadow-commanderThe Shadow Commander
Qassem Suleimani is the Iranian operative who has been reshaping the Middle East. Now he’s directing Assad’s war in Syria.
September 23, 2013
There is no strategy other than feeding his ego and trying to keep himself in power; as soon as he's out of office, he's fair game for a host of charges. He told guests at his resorts more than he told Congress.What is, exactly, Trump's strategy for the Middle-East?
Makes perfect sense. The best way to make sure that no idiot (GWB) or nutcase (DJT) in the White House will order an invasion of your country is to actually have WMDs at your disposal, as Saddam Hussein found out.Edit 2:
Iran abandons the nuclear deal with the world, announces it will enrich as much uranium as they need.
Ukraine is a perfect example of what happens when a country no longer has nuclear weapons.Makes perfect sense. The best way to make sure that no idiot (GWB) or nutcase (DJT) in the White House will order an invasion of your country is to actually have WMDs at your disposal, as Saddam Hussein found out.