Thursday, January 09, 2020

New Trump Doctrine

"The Kerfuffle War – Trump’s Iran De-escalation Succeeds" (Flores).  I'm not sure I agree with all the details, but this is an interesting consideration of the complexity of Washington politics.  The resignation of two high Pentagon officials, both going to the private sector but without any details of where (indicating the departures were not voluntary, and not planned), is interesting (though it may be a coincidence connected to the Ukraine military funding/impeachment imbroglio).  This seems to be the New Trump Doctrine:
"Here, in the aftermath of the drone incident, a Trump policy was formulated – and it’s a policy that figures prominently in de-escalation in the aftermath of the assassination of Soleimani and Iran’s measured response.

The policy is this – if Iran kills Americans, then the U.S escalates. If the U.S does something provocative, then Iran is actually allowed to respond militarily, so long as American personnel are not killed."
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