President Donald Trump has placed himself in a situation that he cannot easily pull out. His strongman persona is under threat by his response to Iran’s decision to down a US drone. While Trump made the correct decision, the situation with Iran demonstrated weakness and indecision. The combination of tough talk and his hawkish advisers led the US towards a war no one wants.
Sanders Jett-Folk | United States
Amid increasing tensions with Iran, Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan announced that 1,500 additional United States troops will be sent to the Middle East. Shanahan remarked in a statement that the extra forces are being sent to combat the “ongoing threat posed by Iranian forces.”
After gradually stepping up pressures against Iran, many believe that President Trump is looking for war. The New York Times recently released a report that confirmed many of these suspicions; it claimed that the Pentagon sent a plan to high-ranking government officials which would, if they approve it, send 120,000 troops to the Middle East if Iran continued progressing their nuclear program. Trump, however, denied that any officials were considering this plan shortly before noon Tuesday.
Since his campaign began in 2015, President Trump has taken an aggressive stance towards the country of Iran. Originally disliking the nuclear deal that President Obama had made with the country. Just one year ago, he withdrew from the deal entirely. Since then, he has declared Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization and placed sanctions on the nation. His hardline stance has some calling the country “Trump’s Iraq“, believing an unjust war is imminent. Now, the military appears to be taking action towards war with Iran.