Our Middle East policy is not in our best interest

To the editor:

As a survivor of the hostile takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran, in 1979, I am very interested in monitoring Middle Eastern political policies. By backing out of the Iran Nuclear Accord, an agreement that the UN Security Council, along with 90 independent nations and 29 of America’s top nuclear scientists supported, the Trump Administration appears to want push Iran into open hostilities in order to give America an excuse to attack. I believe this is why UN Ambassador Niki Halley is resigning along with rumors that Defense Secretary Gen. Mattis and Chief of Staff Gen. Kelly are considering calling it quits also. I fear that John Bolton, Trump’s National Security Advisor (a well-known “war hawk”), wants the U.S. to start a war with Iran. Open hostilities between the U.S. and Iran will not only benefit Israel, Russia, Saudi Arabia and the American Petroleum Institute, it will divert negative news regarding Trump.

Two former heads of Mossad (the Israeli CIA) along with Gen. Colin Powell, Secretary of State under George W. Bush, and Gen. Petraeus, Bush’s former head of the CIA, were in agreement with the accord. Intelligence circles know Israel planned an attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities in 2012, but were thwarted by the Obama Administration. It appears Israel (and Saudi Arabia) still want the U.S. to aggravate Iran and enter into another Israeli-inspired Middle East war, just so Israel can remain the only nuclear armed country in the region and Islamic hardliner Saudi Arabia can weaken its arch enemy, Islamic moderate Iran. I feel that blindly following the political desires of Israel and Saudi Arabia is not in the best long-term interests of the U.S.A.

—Dan Barrett

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