Speaking on state TV of the prospect of a war in the Gulf, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei seemed to dismiss the idea. “There won’t be any war. …We don’t seek a war, and [the Americans] don’t either. They know it’s not in their interests.”
In Venezuela, Bolton showed none of the ruthless, devious subtlety of a Dwight D. Eisenhower in masterminding a coup and fragrant breach of international law without appearing to have anything to do with it.
Iran is serving as a useful distraction to Trump’s foreign policy failures in North Korea, China, Venezuela and the European Union. This is a US president who simply can’t negotiate effectively with other countries and world leaders.
Mostly, Trump acts in foreign policy as a New York real-estate mogul, with care only for ‘the deal’ and his image, and with zero emotional or moral engagement. But is this so for Iran?