Report: Allies Blame the US for Escalating Tensions in Iran
Tensions between the United States and Iran were escalated this week as the US ordered an evacuation from the embassy. The idea of an increased threat in Iran has been heavily pushed by both John Bolton and Mike Pompeo.
The rhetoric from American officials, however, has largely been discounted by the country’s allies. According to a new report from The New York Times, European countries feel the US is completely to blame for the recent conflict.
Reporter Steven Erlanger spoke with former Pentagon official, Kori Schake. Schake told him, ““Every single European government believes that the increased threat we’re seeing from Iran now is a reaction to the United States leaving the Iran nuclear agreement and trying to force Iranian capitulation on other issues.”
Schake, who currently serves as the deputy director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, continued, “They believe that the U.S. is the provocateur and they worry that the U.S. is reacting so stridently to predictable Iranian actions in order to provide a pretext for a U.S. attack on Iran.”
Typically, in cases of recent wars, the United States has had allies that supported the action. During the Iraq War, America was supported by the United Kingdom and especially Prime Minister, Tony Blair. Poland also provided 2,500 troops to the war effort.
That sort of support, though, hasn’t existed during the conflict with Iran. Tomas Valasek, a former ambassador to Nato, told The Times, “This is a case of all European governments saying to Washington that this is insane, we shouldn’t be here, and it’s your fault that we’re actually talking of war.”