-Robert Gates, former Defense Secretary
The United States going to war with Iran is senseless, needless, it's folly, and the triangulated mess we're now in with Iran and Saudi Arabia is all Donald Trump's fault.
In 2015 an agreement was reached among Iran, the United States, China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the European Union, the terms of which were that Iran was to cease its development of nuclear weapons in exchange for the lifting of U.S. economic sanctions. As part of the deal Iran was also allowed access to its financial assets that had been frozen by foreign banks.
The deal likely wasn't one-hundred percent of what any of the sides wanted, but it was a compromise, it simmered down tensions, calmed hostilities between the United States and Iran, eased the hardship of the Iranian people and, most important, took the world one giant step back from the potentiality of a nuclear war. In other words, it worked.
Except for Saudi Arabia, mortal enemy of Iran, whose leaders were infuriated at U.S. President Barack Obama for making a deal with Iran.
However the Iran nuclear deal worked well, and all the countries involved played by its rules for three years.
But, though Trump may have thought he was giving Iran an offer it couldn't refuse, he overlooked the fact that Iran was perfectly capable of refusing his offer, which its leaders did, and, in their anger over what they saw as a double-cross on the part of the Americans, subsequently vowed to never again trust the United States.
And the Iranians, in retaliation for what they see as American attacks on their economy, have been retaliating with attacks of their own, on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman,
Donald Trump has said that our military is "locked and loaded" to attack Iran, but in the meantime his initial retaliation for the attack on Saudi Arabia's oil has been to press a new round of sanctions, this time on Iran's National Bank.
So if Saudi Arabia wants to retaliate against Iran, let it use its own billions and the bodies of its own young people to defend is oil.
In the meantime any fool could predict that more U.S. sanctions against Iran are going to bring on more attacks by Iran against Saudi Arabian oil.
Donald Trump, whose recklessness started this war, could end it today by agreeing to lift his sanctions against Iran and re-entering the Iran nuclear deal.
Then the rest of us wouldn't have to be wondering why in the world we're at war with Iran.