“The fear is that Mr. Trump’s demonizing of Iran, and his unwillingness to engage its government, could result in a broadening of the American military mission from defeating ISIS to preventing Iranian influence from expanding. This would be dangerous. Iran is a vexing state to be smartly managed, not assumed to be an implacable enemy.”
Well said, NYT. And, here is a comment I support:
We are being played by the Saudis as well as the Russians (not to mention the Israelis). Whatever we do, it will be in the interests of one or the other of those countries interests.
Going against Iran, our most natural ally in the area, would be the natural culmination of a fools analysis of the chess board called Middle East geopolitics.