Max Boot: Remarkable That Iran Leadership ‘Seems More Stable and Rational’ Than Trump
President Donald Trump‘s all-caps Iran tweet worried many, including CNN Global Affairs Analyst Max Boot.
“If anybody is issuing ‘demented words of violence and death,’ I would say it’s the President of the United States,” Boot said to Wolf Blitzer, referring to the language Trump used in his tweet. “It’s quite a pass we’ve come to when the leadership of a country like Iran seems more stable and rational than the president of the United States.”
“I don’t think he’s planning to attack Iran,” Boot clarified. “I think this is really a ploy to distract the tension from the horrible publicity he got for his subservience to Russia.”
“I think it underlines his extraordinary his conduct towards Putin is,” he added. “He’s threatening Rouhani with death, consequences nobody’s ever seen before… [Rouhani] gave a speech in which he said if the U.S. attacks Iran, it’ll be the mother of all wars… So this was not some true attack on the United States. It was just some rhetoric, whereas Vladimir Putin is actually attacking the United States as we know from [Trump’s] own Director of National Intelligence, and Trump has nothing to say about that.”
“[Secretary of State] Mike Pompeo, you know, gave a tough speech about Iran at the Ronald Reagan Library, a lot of which I agree with,” Boot continued. “He was pointing out the corruption and human rights abuses in Iran, which he’s right to do, but how come Pompeo and Trump and nobody in the administration ever points out the corruption and human rights abuses in Russia? There’s a clear double standard here, Wolf.”
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