Foreign Policy Expert Admits to CNN That Iran Situation Is ‘Win for Trump’

Foreign Policy Expert Admits to CNN That Iran Situation Is ‘Win for Trump’


Foreign policy expert Ian Bremmer told CNN
on Wednesday that President Donald Trump and the United States notched a win against Iran
in the recent exchange of hostilities between the two countries. “There’s no ‘mission accomplished’
moment, God forbid. No one should be taking victory laps here,”
Bremmer said, according to The Hill. “But this is a win for Trump. And it’s clear that it is.” Bremmer — who is president of the Eurasia
Group and an adjunct professor at the Columbia University School of International Public
Affairs — added that “Iran is weaker today than it was when Trump became president.” Regarding Iran’s Tuesday night missile strikes
against two Iraqi bases housing American troops, the policy expert said, “Their response
has been the minimum possible military engagement against the Americans.” “That is wildly de-escalatory,” Bremmer
argued. The Iranian attack was in response to the
U.S. taking out Iranian Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani on Friday in Baghdad. “The United States has killed the head of
Iran’s military in the Cabinet and the response has been, you know, virtually nothing,”
Bremmer said. “There’s a real opportunity for diplomacy
if Trump wants it and is capable of taking it,” he said. “But for now, let’s be clear, this is
a much more powerful United States showing the Iranians that you are not going to come
after the U.S. directly.” Bremmer contended that the president is now
in a position of strength to push for a new Iranian nuclear deal, which would likely include
an agreement that would not end after a set number of years, as well an improved inspection
regime, and address Tehran’s ballistic missile development. The professor also tweeted Wednesday, “I’m
far from a Trump supporter. But impossible not to call Iran outcome a
win for US president and a big opportunity going forward.” James Carafano — a national security expert
with the Heritage Foundation and adjunct professor at Georgetown University — agrees with Bremmer’s
assessment. “Trump clearly emerges from this last round
of confrontation the winner,” Carafano told The Western Journal. “The administration has not backed off its
maximum pressure strategy at all, and the longer it remains in place, the more the regime
is isolated; the weaker the economy; the more internal domestic discord; the more the surrogates
are undercut; the more support the U.S. has in the region — the more the regime is humiliated
that it is powerless to break the American stranglehold,” he explained. Carafano tweeted Wednesday, “Taking out
the world’s most notorious terrorist seems like a fair trade for [Iran] wasting 15 short-range
ballistic missiles.” Appearing on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle”
Tuesday night, Carafano characterized Iran’s missile strikes as a “massive fireworks
demonstration.” Trump addressed Iran’s retaliatory missile
strikes in remarks from the White House on Wednesday. “No Americans were harmed in last night’s
attack by the Iranian regime,” the president said. “We suffered no casualties. All of our soldiers are safe and only minimal
damages were sustained at our military bases.” He added, “Iran appears to be standing down,
which is a good thing for all parties concerned.”

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