The United States was quick to blame Iran for last week’s attack on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman. If the United States cannot provide clinching evidence of Iranian culpability, its eagerness to assign blame looks like a ruse to start a war. President Trump may not want war, but he will get one unless he balances coercion with diplomacy. He has discredited moderate voices in Tehran who had fought for the nuclear deal and the promise of engagement with the West. President Trump’s goal all along has been to negotiate a more stringent nuclear deal with Iran, scuttle its missile program and reduce its regional footprint.
Source: New York Times June 17, 2019 15:00 UTC