"In my book, Trump has earned his place on Mount Rushmore if he does two things - get North Korea under control, and then Iran. North Korea is on the road to redemption. Hopefully, Iran is right behind them."
The recent bromance of record seems to have a fissure in it. Like, how to treat Iran. France and the US seem to have a much different view on this issue. Since the overthrow of the Shah in 1979, Iran has gone from an allie to the US, to an adversary. Today, they are not only a problem child for us, but also for Israel, and much of the more normal nations in the Middle East. To throw a bit of gas on the fire, President Trump has been a truth teller on the Obama Iran deal. Worst - deal - ever. Amen, Mr. President, amen.
So what does President Hassan Rouhani of Iran intend to do? Teach the "Great Satan" a lesson, of course. One of Rouhani's admirals said Iran will "sink all of our ships". My comment - just try.
Rouhani himself, is trying to rally all the Muslims in the world to rise up against the United States. All Muslims? Really? How would have played if President Trump asked every Christian in the world to rise up against Iran. Not well, since we are civilized. Note to Rouhani - the Crusades are over. This is not a war against two major world religions - or is it?
Can we please set all the BS aside? Iran is a bad actor. Not the people, just the government. They are spreading hate and discontent all over the region. They are flush with money (thank you Obama!), and are not bashful in using it. If they could nuke Israel tomorrow and get away with it, they would do it without ever looking back. So long as this regime exists, they are a clear and present existential threat to Israel, and and near term existential threat to America.
I worked at Sperry Univac from 1975 to 1980. We had a team from Iran who were on site to learn how to operate the ships and system the US was selling them. In 1979, when the revolution happened, these young men were lost. They did not know what to do, or where to go.
In my book, Trump has earned his place on Mount Rushmore if he does two things - get North Korea under control, and then Iran. North Korea is currently on the road to redemption. The next few weeks will tell the story. If they are, and the North Korean issue is solved, hopefully, Iran is right behind them.