In his charming and inimitable way, the Donald has threatened to attack Iran if it restarts its civilian nuclear program.
Iran is not behind the bad things happening in the Middle East, as Trump said. That prize goes to Saudi Arabia and its Wahhabi bastard children, from al-Qaeda to the Islamic State.
There is no need to argue this point. It is obvious as the fact the sun rises every morning. Trump, however, lives in perpetual shade, a darkness slung like a net by his neocon cast of characters, most notably John Bolton and Mike Pompeo.
Donald is a creature driven by his ego and the challenges he perceives directed against it. Iran’s response to his threats represent just such a challenge.
Iran has pledged to take action if the United States walks away from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. It will restart its nuclear program.
“If the United States were to withdraw from the nuclear deal, the immediate consequence in all likelihood would be that Iran would reciprocate and withdraw,” said Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as Trump picked dandruff off French President Emmanuel Macron’s suit jacket. “There won’t be any deal for Iran to stay in.”
Freshly installed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the deal will likely by DOA by the middle of May. That’s when Trump expects the European signatories to “fix the terrible flaws” he and the neocons perceive Obama and John Kerry baked into the deal.
Back in March, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu if the US pulls out of the deal it “will put us, the Brits, and the French on the same side with Russia, China, and Iran when the U.S. and Israel will be on the other side. Is this what you want?”
Israel wants war with Iran, no mater the price.
She stands behind Trump, beating the drums of war. Israel (again—for the umpteenth time) issued stern warnings about Iran’s behavior in Syria, a country that invited Iran to help fight the “rebels” (al-Qaeda, al-Nusra, various head chopper factions) supported by Israel, the United States, and Saudi Arabia.
On Thursday, Defense Secretary Mattis said direct conflict between Israeli and Iranian forces is increasingly likely in Syria as Tehran pursues a permanent military presence there.
He made his ominous prediction before meeting with the staunch Likudite, Israeli defense minister Avigdor Liberman, who said earlier that day by way of a Saudi newspaper that Israeli forces would strike Tehran if Iranian missiles ever hit Tel Aviv.
By Iranian missiles, Liberman means Hezbollah, which has that capability.
Now that Little Rocket Man, Kim Jung Un, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in are holding hands and threatening peace, Trump and crew have turned their attention to Iran, which is the primary target.
Mohammad Javad Zarif said there will be nastiness if the US backs out. “Iran has several options if the United States leaves the nuclear deal. Tehran’s reaction to America’s withdrawal of the deal will be unpleasant,” he said last week.
Neocons revel in unpleasantness, that is so long as it is played out on Iranian civilians, a handful of mullahs, and US soldiers.