Increasing tension with Tehran and accelerated breakdown in Washington
Tehran, The nature and quality of confronting Iran has created an evident gap in the US ruling body. In addition to the split in the government and different voices, there are serious differences between the White House and members of the Congress; the differences that arise from absence of a tangible logical strategy in the foreign policy of Trump against Iran.
After a heated debate, US President Donald Trump finally agreed to deploy 1,500 new troops to the Middle East. An increase in the US military presence in the region under the pretext of what is called "countering Iran's threats", as analysts say, can strengthen the possibility of tension between the two sides.
While Trump agreed with dispatching this number of forces to the region, the US media had previously reported the possibility of sending 5,000 to 10,000 troops. The media also announce the Pentagon and the White House's controversy over the rise of the US military forces in the region.
This is while that Washington has increased the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia on the pretext of confronting its selfproclaimed "illwishing behaviors of Iran" without obtaining permission from Congress.
Iran's issue seems to have raised fundamental differences between the US governing body and among members of Congress with the government.
The recent agreement by the president of the United States to deploy 1,500 troops to the Middle East has prompted analysts once again to focus on the relationship between Trump and his Pentagon's and foreign policy teams.
The president has repeatedly expressed his opposition to increasing the US military spending, especially in the Middle East, but the foreign policy team is headed by John Bolton, National Security Advisor, and Mike Pompeo, the Secretary of State and of Patrick Shanahan, the caretaker of Department of Defense is in the pursuit of different plan and runs another plan in the foreign arena.
Trump told reporters earlier this week about Pentagon's request to send additional troops to the Middle East, saying he did not think it needed to be, but if it is "really needed", he would agree. It seems that the Department of Defense has been successful in proving the "necessity" of sending troops to the Middle East to Trump.
There are still fundamental doubts about the nature and accuracy of what were called "alarming behaviors" and "threats of Iran" about a month ago which paved the ground for sending the US troops and patriot systems to the Middle East.
The Pentagon, after sending modern military equipment to the Middle East, has put an increasing number of troops on the agenda, and this time the plan is sending more people to the region on the pretext of "increasing the protection of American forces in the region." According to some military sources, the strengthening of what is known as "cover and defense" in the region is to be provided through the development of Patriot antimissile systems and fighter planes is another program that the Department of Defense has put in place and if With the same command, it will not be a problem for Tramp to agree on their implementation.
The Pentagon, after sending modern military equipment to the Middle East, has put an increase in number of troops on the agenda, and this time the plan is sending more troops to the region on the pretext of "increasing the protection of American forces in the region".
According to some military sources, the strengthening of what is called as "cover and defensive power" in the region and is to be provided through the development of Patriot antimissile systems and fighter planes is among other plans that the Department of Defense has put on the agenda and if it proceeds in this direction, it will have no problem to get Trump to agree on their implementation.
From the viewpoint of the observers, the lack of a specific strategy towards Tehran has led the president of the United States into confusion in this area. Although Trump himself recognizes the dangers of the policy of his hardline cadre towards Tehran, the lack of a clear strategy has made him puppet of the hardliners in his cabinet.
As a result, on the one hand, the confused Trump claims to support the people of Iran, and on the other hand, he targets the people via economic sanctions, calls them "terrorists" and at the same time speaks of "the end of Iran".
American politicians are incapable of understanding Trump's attitude towards Iran. The former secretary of defense recently expressed surprise at Trump's contradictory statements about Iran in a media interview and said, "I am working hard to understand the foreign policy of this government, but I cannot. It seems that there is no definite strategy. There is only the president who sends a Twitter message, he's bullying, and he says whatever he wants, without any comprehensive strategy on how to deal with these sensitive points in the world.
According to James Mattis, the president is trying to tear apart everything and then think of what he can do. He also applies it to Iran. He abolished the nuclear deal and did not know what to do.
Trump also bypasses congress
Iran's issue has not only widened the gap between the former and current members of the White House, but has also heightened split between the congress and the government. Members of congress are particularly skeptical about the issue of militarism in the Middle East. The president, after agreeing to send 1,500 military troops to the region, issued permission to sell Saudi Arabia billions of dollars of weapons without getting Congressional assertion.
As a result, Trump moved around the usual procedures for reviewing arms deals in Congress, referring to a federal law. By introducing tension with Iran as an "emergency", he has personally signed permission for 22 arms deal worth $8 billion with Saudi Arabia. However, the sale of any weapons, including guided bombs and all kinds of bombs to other countries, should be licensed by the Congress.
In the eyes of American senators, if the issue of the $8 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia was raised in Congress, it would certainly not have been approved by the MPs, and Trump, for this reason, circumvented Congress with an "emergency" plan, and once again accompanies with the hawkish members of his cabinet.
American senators express concern about such practices in the Trump government. Sen. Bob Menendez, a senior Democrat member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has expressed regret on Trump's prioritization with the autocratic governments (Saudi Arabia) against national security and respect for human rights.
Recently, there have been reports of the possibility of selling weapons to the UAE and Jordan, according to the same law.
From the viewpoint of the observers, Trump and his entourage, by overstating what is calling Iran's threats in the region, with bypassing the congress, are proceeding military plans and plans for their weapons sales in the region.
Growing threat of militarism in the Middle East
Trump's acknowledgment of Bolton's warmongering dynamism as a symbol of extremism at the White House has not prevented the escalation of his militarism in the region. However, many observers are warning about the unfortunate consequences of strengthening the presence and indeed the military intervention of the United States in the region.
Though Trump has repeatedly stated that he was not favoring the war with Iran, and Iranian officials have also emphasized that the United States does not want war, nor can it do it, and of course, Iran does not want war, but, from the viewpoint of many analysts, this does not rule out the possibility of conflict between the two sides.
From the experts' point of view, the occurrence of a miscalculation in a tense atmosphere that the military forces have lined up against each other could lead to an unplanned and widespread war.
In addition, as many terrorist groups are considering exploiting the conditions of instability in the region, the escalation of militarism and the rule of the tensions in the region can provide a good basis for sabotaging by the third party and paving the ground of possible war between the two countries.
Source: Islamic Republic News Agency IRNA