Well, this is interesting.
Courtesy of Reuters:
President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday Iran would not wage war against any nation, while Russia told the United States it should drop what it called provocative plans to deploy more troops to the Middle East.
Fears of a confrontation between Iran and the United States have mounted since Washington blamed its long-time foe for Thursday’s attacks on two oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz shipping lane.
Later in the day, Trump sat down for an interview with Time Magazine and he seemed to be singing a different tune.
Courtesy of Time:
Last week, U.S. officials blamed Iran for attacks against Norwegian and Japanese oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman. Trump described those and other recent attacks attributed by administration officials to Iran as limited. “So far, it’s been very minor,” Trump told TIME.
Trump’s comments, made in a nearly hour-long interview with TIME, struck a different tone than the public stance of the Pentagon and other Republicans in Washington. They also cut against a series of recent diplomatic and military moves that his Administration has made amid escalating tensions with Tehran.
Only a few days ago Trump was talking like Iran had just declared war, and now he is calling the incident “minor.”
Gee, I wonder what changed his mind?
The Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan still announced plans to send 1,000 troops into the region, but now I am wondering if they will follow through with that posture?
I don’t think it is possible to draw a direct correlation at this time between the comments from Russia and Trump’s change of attitude, but I will suggest that if we avoid a military confrontation with Iran that we may have Vladimir Putin to thank for that.
Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.