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Why Trump Won’t Bomb Iran

Author Lawrence J. Korb argues that President Donald Trump should look to his presidential predecessors for lessons on how to avoid conflict with Iran.

After President Donald Trump decided not to “bomb Iran” in retaliation for shooting down an unmanned Navy drone that was either very close to Iranian air space, many of his conservative critics accused him of acting more like President Barack Obama rather than President Ronald Reagan.

According to critics like Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AK), Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), President Donald Trump’s decision to call off the air strikes, which he had apparently approved, was a replay of Obama’s refusal to bomb Syria after Syrian president Bashar al-Assad had crossed Obama’s red line by using chemical weapons against the rebels who were trying to get him to leave office.

The above excerpt was originally published in The National Interest. Click here to view the full article.

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Lawrence J. Korb

Senior Fellow