In an earlier editorial, we asked that the Trump administration in Washington D.C. steadfastly keep us out of war.
Apparently, they didn’t get the message.
We were motivated by the historic fact that the Iraq War was started because of misinformation that said Saddam Hussein had chemical weapons. An expensive study by 1,200 investigators over a 15-month period, checking 1,700 sites revealed that Hussein had destroyed the weapons a decade before.
Nearly 5,000 American men and women died in the conflict, begun only on false rumors.
The revelation was badly timed for President George W. Bush’s re-election bid in 2004, but he won anyway.
On Monday evening, it was announced by the Department of Defense that 1,000 U.S. troops are being sent to the Middle East in response to attacks on two Japanese-related oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. The order was given by acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan.
On Tuesday, President Trump announced that Shanahan has “decided not to go forward with his confirmation process … so that he can devote more time to his family.”
Iran said on Monday, that its stockpile of enriched uranium will surpass limits set by the 2015 international nuclear deal, unless European partners, in the agreement, do more to help it circumvent U.S. sanctions, a step by Tehran likely to add to growing U.S.-Iran tensions.
Trump has said repeatedly, that his goal in Iran is “no nuclear weapons” and that he does not want war. But events seem to be quickly moving in the opposite directions on both counts.
European allies, partners in the nuclear agreement that Trump dropped out of last year, remain stuck in the middle.
President Trump’s administration has said that it is considering a “full range of options” beyond the crippling sanctions it already imposed, including on Iran’s oil exports.
“Of course, of course,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday, when asked if those options include military actions.
If Iran breaches the nuclear agreement, it would be almost impossible for them to stay in it.
While they are exasperated with Iran, the Europeans are perhaps even more annoyed with Trump, who has repeatedly tested their allegiance and trust.
Iran, France, Germany and the European Union believe the U.S. president put them in an impossible position and made the Iranian threat far worse than it was a year ago for no good reason.
In Washington, Trump has derided the nuclear deal with Iran as a failure of the Obama administration and that his own pressure is designed to bring Tehran to the negotiating table to forge a new agreement.
Once more, we ask the president of the United States and commander in chief to keep us out of war.
Americans don’t want to lose more military men and women in the Middle East, which is half a world away from our nation. There is no evidence that Iran could launch a long-range intercontinental missile from their geographical position that would reach the shores of America.
Peace in the Middle East has long been sought and it’s achievable this time in the 21st century. Let’s keep it that way.