Donald Trump has taken to warning Iran of “consequences” on Twitter.
It seems mysterious that the President is giving the media a way of ignoring the ongoing scandal of FISA fraud by the FBI by visibly warning Iran. Why give them an excuse to change the news cycle?
I don’t know if something made it more important to publicly deal with Iran, distract the media while Trump deals with a criminal FBI, or if the President got upset by the words of the Iranian president. But I do know that Trump has been trying to get Iran to negotiate with him and, so far, they are resisting.
Leonid Bershidsky writes at Bloomberg, “Iran Faces the Consequences of Snubbing Trump.”
Trump’s latest tweet telling Iran it would suffer “consequences the likes of which few throughout history have ever suffered before” is an almost-verbatim rehash of his August 2017 threat to North Korea; then, Trump promised “fire, fury and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before.” It’s about as serious this time around, but there’s more bad blood behind Trump’s deployment of all caps […].
Trump’s tweet is a response to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s speech on Sunday, in which Rouhani warned the U.S. president not to “twist the lion’s tail.” “The Americans,” Rouhani said, need to realize that making peace with Iran is the mother of all peaces and waging war against Iran is the mother of all wars.”
Rouhani, of course, wasn’t threatening to attack the U.S. but warning it against attacking Iran. The rhetoric is not particularly different from North Korea’s, if more hollow: Iran, unlike North Korea, has no nuclear weapons and there’s no way it can hold off the U.S. conventional military might. But the Iranians make Trump madder than […] Kim Jong Un – not because they are more dangerous but because they refuse to play along with him.[…]
The Iranian leaders, for their part, have been adamant about not wanting to talk to Trump. The Mehr news agency, one of the Iranian regime’s international voices, reported recently, citing Rouhani’s chief of staff Mahmoud Vaezi, that Trump asked “eight times” to meet with Rouhani while the latter attended the United Nations General Assembly in New York last year but was rebuffed. The “eight times” could be a bit of poetic license, but The Washington Post, too, reported last year that Trump had been interested in a meeting and asked French President Emmanuel Macron to broker it; that didn’t work either.
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