The Trump Administration’s Magical Thinking About Iran

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivering a speech on Iran at the Heritage Foundation, Washington, May 21, 2018 (AP photo by J. Scott Applewhite).
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivering a speech on Iran at the Heritage Foundation, Washington, May 21, 2018 (AP photo by J. Scott Applewhite).

In his first major policy address since becoming secretary of state, Mike Pompeo on Monday outlined the Trump administration’s “Plan B” for dealing with Iran now that the U.S. has decided to no longer comply with the terms of the nuclear deal it negotiated with Tehran and five other world powers in 2015. At the heart of Pompeo’s approach is a list of 12 demands that Iran would have to meet in exchange for the U.S. concluding a formal Senate-ratified treaty guaranteeing Iran’s unfettered return to the global economy. As far as demands for international behavior go, Pompeo’s are reasonable: […]

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