Huh? A threat of war over a verbal threat to export oil? And who would be our allies in a Trump-inspired future? NATO? Anybody? And where would we get our electronics to execute war in the modern age? China? And tungsten? And... oil? Trump's slogan of "America First" has turned into "America Alone". Who of you can support this lunatic who is marching us to Putin's drum?
President Trump, in a tweet in capital letters late Sunday, warned Iranian President Hassan Rouhani that if Iran threatened the United States again, it would face severe consequences. Trump's message came after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States would step up broadcasts into Iran critical of the country's theocratic rulers.
"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!" Trump tweeted.
Iran's state-owned Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) replied within hours, dismissing Trump's tweet and describing it as a "passive reaction" to Rouhani's remarks.
Earlier Sunday, Rouhani said the United States should avoid inciting Iranians against the government as the Trump administration is poised to reimpose sanctions suspended under a 2015 nuclear deal that Trump withdrew from in May. "America should know that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace, and war with Iran is the mother of all wars," Rouhani told a meeting of Iranian diplomats, according to IRNA.
"You are not in a position to incite the Iranian nation against Iran's security and interests," Rouhani said. Pompeo said the administration has concluded that Tehran has no statesmen willing to moderate its policies, a sharp break from the Obama administration, which negotiated the nuclear deal hoping that an improving economy would give relative pragmatists such as Rouhani a boost.
But Pompeo said Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif are "merely polished frontmen for the ayatollah's international con artistry. Their nuclear deal didn't make them moderates; it made them wolves in sheep's clothing." He referred to Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Pompeo stopped short of calling for regime change, but he announced stepped-up U.S. government broadcasting in Farsi that is likely to foment further unrest against the government. He said the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors is taking steps to circumvent Internet censorship in Iran and creating a round-the-clock Farsi channel across television, radio, digital and social media formats, "so that ordinary Iranians inside Iran and around the globe will know that America stands with them."
When a member of the audience asked him whether the Iranian people might gain control of their country in the foreseeable future, Pompeo replied swiftly, "Of course." "We don't know the right moment," he said. "We don't know the day that the behavior of the regime will change. But we do know the things that the world is obligated to do, so that when the right time comes, when the right moment comes, that opportunity is even more likely to find its fulfillment."