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OpinionUS-Iran: Trump has blown America's credibility

18:10  17 june  2019
18:10  17 june  2019 Source:   cnn.com

Trump warns Iran over tanker attack: ‘We don’t take it lightly’

Trump warns Iran over tanker attack: ‘We don’t take it lightly’ President Trump on Friday warned Iran over this week's attacks on tankers in the Gulf of Oman that the U.S. blames directly on Tehran, saying in an interview with “Fox & Friends” that, “We don’t take it lightly.”

(CNN)Sowing mistrust has consequences. President Donald Trump has sown mistrust by questioning his own intelligence community, withdrawing from critical intern. And now, as questions about US intelligence regarding Iran abound, Trump is seeing the fruits of his labor.

WASHINGTON — To President Trump , the question of culpability in the explosions that crippled two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman is no question at all. “It’ s probably got essentially Iran written all over it,” he declared on Friday. The question is whether the writing is clear to everyone else.

US-Iran: Trump has blown America's credibility© Mark Wilson/Getty Images North America/Getty Images WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 13: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the media during a meeting with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, in the Oval Office on May 13, 2019 in Washington, DC. President Trump took questions on trade with China, Iran and other topics. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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Sowing mistrust has consequences. President Donald Trump has sown mistrust by questioning his own intelligence community, withdrawing from critical international coalitions and spreading disdain for the media.

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America is now in violation of a nukes accord with which Iran complied, even as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo heads to North Korea: Our view. America ' s credibility on the world stage suffered a severe blow Tuesday when President Trump pulled out of the 3-year-old Iran nuclear deal, signaling

Donald Trump Middle East US Politics World. America has a credibility problem on Iran . Who trusts the agencies that Trump doesn’t trust? Trump may now resume his previous hard line, but it’ll be messy. His administration is chock full of regime-changers, but the president, as he repeatedly insists

And now, as questions about US intelligence regarding Iran abound, Trump is seeing the fruits of his labor. After all, if Trump doesn't trust his own intelligence community or the media, why should we?

Trump's made his bed

As tensions with Iran escalate, doubts over whether to trust the intelligence community are percolating. But this isn't a new phenomenon. Last month, the State Department withdrew personnel from Iraq, citing an increased threat from Iran. Shortly after the announcement, there were questions, including from members of Congress, about whether the intelligence cited held water.

Now, fresh debate has ensued regarding Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's rapid assessment that Iran was responsible for recent attacks on commercial vessels in the Gulf of Oman. The United Kingdom has supported the US assessment, while other allies, like Germany, have taken a more cautious approach.

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President Donald Trump has blamed Iran for attacks on oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, but he also held out hope that implicit U . S . threats to use force A day after explosions blew holes in two oil tankers just outside Iran ' s territorial waters, rattling international oil markets, the administration

But the truth is, much of this doubt existed even before Trump became President. Ever since the Iraq War, when the United States launched a military invasion and roped our allies into it based on faulty intelligence, the trust deficit over US intelligence has been high when it comes to the Middle East.

Of course, Trump has not helped matters. He has openly questioned the intelligence community's assessments on numerous occasions. And his doubts make convincing our allies to trust us that much harder.

Here's just a few examples. He sided with Russian President Vladimir Putin over the Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and called his own intelligence community "extremely passive and naive" when they assessed that Iran was not taking steps toward a nuclear bomb and that North Korea will not denuclearize.

And in his recent ABC interview, Trump even threw his FBI director under the bus, saying that Christopher Wray was wrong when he said candidates should call the FBI if foreign governments contact them.

Ilhan Omar blames Trump for Iran-linked attacks on oil tankers

Ilhan Omar blames Trump for Iran-linked attacks on oil tankers Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn, is placing blame on President Trump for last Thursday's attacks on two oil tankers, which the U.S. has linked to Iran. "None of this would be happening if Trump didn't back out of the Iran nuclear deal," Omar tweeted. "America’s response should be to return to the table and reinstate the Iran nuclear deal. Increasing tensions and threats of war serve nobody's interests." President Trump declared Iran was responsible for the attacks in the Gulf of Oman, pointing to video released by the U.S. Navy showing an Iranian vessel removing an unexploded mine.

Mr. Trump ’s decision, while long anticipated and widely telegraphed, plunges America ’ s relations with President Trump said pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal sends a message that “the United He has told aides and foreign leaders that his policy of maximum pressure had forced Mr. Kim to the

The United Kingdom has supported the US assessment, while other allies, like Germany, have taken a more cautious approach. But the truth is, much of this doubt existed even before Trump became President. Ever since the Iraq War, when the United States launched a military invasion and roped

Because he questions the intelligence community's analysis on everything that doesn't align with his personal agenda, he may be leading by example on Iran. In fact, Trump has called previous assessments on Iran "naive," but this time around, when their assessments match his personal views – and desire to take decisive action against Iran – he now trusts the intelligence community and expects everyone else to do so, too.

When it comes to sowing mistrust in the intelligence community, Trump's made his bed. But lying in it may be more uncomfortable than he anticipated.

The morning after

Trump hasn't just sown mistrust of the intelligence community – he's also sown mistrust of American reliability.

If the administration can overcome the challenges that Trump has created, the difficult job of figuring out how to hold Iran accountable for what the administration says they did – without escalating the situation further – will be the immediate task at hand. Here too, however, Trump's own record of sowing mistrust will make his team's jobs more difficult.

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The United Kingdom has supported the US assessment, while other allies, like Germany, have taken a more cautious approach. But the truth is, much of this doubt existed even before Trump became President. Ever since the Iraq War, when the United States launched a military invasion and roped

The United Kingdom has supported the US assessment, while other allies, like Germany, have taken a more cautious approach. But the truth is, much of this doubt existed even before Trump became President. Ever since the Iraq War, when the United States launched a military invasion and roped

Once an intelligence assessment is agreed upon, policy experts typically try to punish bad behavior and deter more of it going forward. Any US efforts are bolstered if we can get other countries to work with us. We often try to build coalitions of countries to do things like issue sanctions or even move more of their own military resources. We do this because multilateral efforts send a stronger symbol of resolve, and benefit from greater resources.

In this case, for example, we could try to encourage other countries to mirror US sanctions which prohibit things like purchasing Iranian oil and also target Iran's export revenues from metals and petrochemical exports.

But because of Trump's own track record of wielding big sticks when it personally suits him, and then putting them down based on his mood that day, we are no longer viewed as a trustworthy partner. Since assuming office, Trump has withdrawn from the Paris Climate Accord, the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty – just to name a few.

In other words, the cost-benefit analysis of supporting US foreign policy initiatives is far more complex. Countries may question whether working with the United States is a lot of pain and no gain. And consider this: we asked our allies to work with us on the Iran deal. They did, and then we withdrew from it – so getting them on board with more coordinated action on Iran will be more difficult.

Trump officials will brief Congress on Iran as tensions escalate

Trump officials will brief Congress on Iran as tensions escalate Trump administration officials will brief congressional leaders on Thursday about Iran amid escalating tensions between Washington and Tehran. Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said at her weekly press conference that officials would brief leadership and senior members of both parties and both chambers of Congress along with members of committees with jurisdiction over the issue. The briefing comes after the U.S. military said Iran shot down an American drone in international waters in an "unprovoked attack." "So, we'll learn more in that briefing as to what is happening there.

The move by Trump was part of his “ America First” approach to international agreements which has “ Iran and the deal are stronger than ever.” European allies have warned of a split with the United Trump warned that if “ we are not able to reach a solution working with Congress and our allies, then

President Donald Trump says Iran has not lived up to its part of the deal, and " America will not be held hostage to nuclear blackmail.". USA TODAY.

Words matter

One of Trump's favorite hobbies is urging distrust of the mainstream media. Just this weekend, Trump accused the New York Times of crimes that are punishable by death, tweeting that the New York Times engaged in "virtual treason" when it published a story on our cyber operations against Russia.

Saying that the news is "fake" when it doesn't parrot his personal talking points means he's encouraging others not to believe what they're seeing or reading in the media.

But that creates problems for his team. When there is an actual policy they are trying to push out, or an intelligence assessment the administration wants people to believe, they have a harder time convincing Americans that what the media is reporting is something they should believe.

To mitigate the unintended consequences of Trump's mistrust mission, our intelligence community, our diplomats and our journalists are going to have to work harder behind the scenes. They'll have to make an even stronger intelligence case regarding what we know Iran has done – and is planning to do – while somehow trying to convince our usual partners that Trump can be trusted this time.

Trump says any war with Iran 'would not last very long,' but he still hopes for no conflict.
President Trump says "I hope we don't" have a war with Iran but it "would not last very long." In an interview on Fox Business, Trump also says "I decided not to kill a lot of Iranians," referring to his decision to call off military strikes on Iran after it shot down a U.S. military surveillance drone last week. On Tuesday, Trump warned that any Iranian attack on Americans would be met with "great and overwhelming force" and "obliteration.

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