This morning, President Trump was asked by reporters a simple question of world-shattering consequence — and his response was disturbing, to say the least:
Q: "Mr. President, are we going to war with Iran?
President Trump: "I hope not." pic.twitter.com/DpF8sJTMLq
— CSPAN (@cspan) May 16, 2019
I hope not.
The most powerful man in the world could not give a concrete answer about the increasingly likely prospect of an entirely avoidable and US-provoked war with one of the most powerful nations in the Middle East in the wake of a serious of deliberate provocations by the military and diplomatic forces that he is in charge of.
Last Sunday, the US military’s recently moved B-52 bombers began conducting “deterrence sorties” against Iran — a display of proverbial chest-beating that accomplishes nothing but inflame tensions (not to mention wasting copious amounts of fuel and money).
On Monday, the Trump team baselessly accused Iran and their nebulous but omnipresent“Iranian proxies” of attacking four Saudi, UAE, and Norwegian ships in the Gulf, even though they did not have “any definitive evidence linking Iran or its proxies to the reported attacks.”
These provocations are the latest in the deliberate efforts of the Trump administration to poison relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran, which kicked off with President Trump unilaterally withdrawing from President Obama’s historic nuclear peace treaty with Iran and reimposing the crippling sanctions that weigh heavily on the Iranian people.
For Trump to say that he “hopes not” indicates that the decision isn’t even fully in his hands, which is a terrifying thing to hear when you consider that his national security advisor John Bolton is one of the most virulent Iran hawks in Washington on top of being a war criminal.
As Bolton and the rest of the national security ghouls in Trump’s cabinet push us closer and closer to the war that Bolton’s wanted for forty years, we can only hope that Trump’s fear of being seen as weak and his astonishing laziness will keep him from allowing anything drastic to happen.