Iran threatened the United States. President Trump told them not to do that.
To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 23, 2018
“America should know that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace, and war with Iran is the mother of all wars,” Rouhani had told a meeting of Iranian diplomats.
While it certainly feels great to respond so forcefully, I’d like to know if Trump is ready for a war with Iran. I’m certainly not. Unless Iran is on the verge of making nuclear weapons, there’s no reason to start a war at the very moment protests within Iran are gaining strength.
The difference here is that Iran makes idle threats we can ignore. The United States should never make idle threats, because doing so undermines the legitimacy of what we say and destroys our ability to influence world events.
I assume Iran will shut up, because they don’t know what Trump will do. Because if we don’t know what Trump will do, then they don’t.
But Trump should not be threatening war in any case. Now that he has ended the Iran nuclear deal, let the sanctions have their effect, step up propganda toward average Iranians, and see if the Ayatollahs are overthrown.