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Trump’s real red line on Iran is recognizing the regime

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Commentary. The central issue in the US-Iran relationship is the existence of a red line that has been truly insurmountable for every US administration so far: the official recognition of the Islamic Republic.

written by Alberto Negri

Topic U.S. Politics


June 25, 2019

Although Trump declined not to cross a ‘red line’ when he decided not to order a strike against Iran, it was not based on humanitarian considerations, as the US president is dishonestly claiming. “I thought about it for a second and I said, you know what, they shot down an unmanned drone … and here we are sitting with 150 dead people that would have taken place probably within a half an hour,” said Trump, laying it on thick for the cameras.

There was nothing particularly noble about this decision, which was actually based on the cold calculations by the generals in the Pentagon regarding possible US casualties and losses to their Gulf allies and to Israel in case Iran struck back. There’s not a whit of nobility to be found among them: in 1980, the Gulf monarchies offered Saddam Hussein $55 billion in financing as he attacked the Islamic republic and started an eight-year war that left a million dead.

The French provided Super Etendard fighters to the Iraqis to bomb Iranian refineries, while Reagan’s envoy to Baghdad, Donald Rumsfeld, was seen giving the Iraqi rais a warm........

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