I wanted to thank Charles Thomas for his intelligent and well-reasoned letter of July 20, “Don’t be fooled by Trump rhetoric.”
I would like to add that Trump’s blind hatred for anything Obama has now placed the U.S. in danger of war with Iran. His irrational withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Deal in May 2018 started the tension. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is an agreement on Iran’s nuclear program reached in July 2015 by Iran, the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council — China, France, Russia, United Kingdom and United States — plus Germany) and the European Union.
The withdrawal caused concerns in Iran due to its impact on the economy. The withdrawal was praised by American conservatives in the United States, who saw the deal as weak. Others in the U.S., including former president Barack Obama and his vice president, Joe Biden, criticized the decision, while various European countries that were signatories, including the UK, France and Germany, expressed regret at the decision.
An explanation by Karim Sadjadpour, a senior analyst at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, from July 20 on NPR available online, sums up the current situation. In it, he states that “the message out of Washington is total incoherence.”