May 12, 2019, 7:11 PM
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Washington’s double-standard confirming Zarif’s analysis

Tehran, May 12, IRNA - The escalation of US militarism in the region under the pretext of confronting 'Iran's threats' and repeated requests by President Donald Trump on Iran to contact and negotiate with him is depicting a clear dichotomy in the White House’s closed circle; a dichotomy that Bolton has stood on one side of and Trump on the other side.

The US increasing militarism, on the pretext of confronting what is called Iran's movements against the US forces, on the one hand, and Trump’s frequent demand of the Iranians to call and contact him on the other, has exposed the conflicting dimensions of Washington's foreign policy towards Tehran; the dimensions of which are the products of a variety of American policy makers and strategists at the White House and in the circle of Trump.

These days, while US National Security Adviser John Bolton has been at loggerheads against Iran and has been sending out all kinds of heavy military equipment to the region to confront Iran, Trump is talking about his interactive approach with Iran.

Although few observers analyze these days policies of Washington towards Tehran within the framework of a defined and planned strategy, many experts, pointing to specific indications, evaluate Washington's foreign policy toward Tehran as double-standard and contradictory.

** US militarism in region and game that may be out of control

Aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln late last week, passed through the Suez Canal and is heading to the Persian Gulf which US National Security Adviser John Bolton claims has departed for the region on the US concerns about Iran's move toward US forces based in the region.

Bolton called the goal of sending Lincoln as to send this 'clear message' to Iran that any attack on the interests of the United States or its allies would face 'unrelenting force'.

While Lincoln has not yet reached its destination, the United States has sent its second warship to the Gulf for the same reasons as the one mentioned above. According to US officials such as Bolton, Iran's threats have advanced deployment of Arlington aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf.

On the other hand, Commander of the US Navy's Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet Jim Malloy says that warning by intelligence agencies that there are threats by Iran will not prevent the carriers not to be sent to the Strait of Hormuz.

US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has also agreed to deploy more Patriot missile systems.

Thanks to the presence of war-mongering politicians such as Bolton and the Foreign Secretary Mike Pompeo, at the top of the American decision-making body, Washington has put escalation of the militarism the Middle East on the agenda under the pretext of addressing what is called Tehran's worrying threats and behaviors.

However, according to many analysts, although the military confrontation option between Iran and the United States is weak and, the escalation of militarism in the region may lead to a somewhat limited conflict; an issue that can put in danger the security and stability of the Middle East and the strategic Strait of Hormuz, and this is not in the interest of the United States and the will of Trump. However, politicians such as Bolton and Pompeo are imposing their demand on Trump and continue to strengthen US military presence in the region.

**call me

On the other side of this double-standard approach is Trump, which in various ways reveals his willingness to negotiate with Tehran's leaders. Trump had said Thursday amid the sending of B-52 bomber to Qatar that “What I'd like to see with Iran, I'd like to see them call me,' the President said.

'What they should be doing is calling me up, sitting down; we can make a deal, a fair deal. ... We're not looking to hurt Iran,' Trump said in remarks to reporters at the White House. 'I want them to be strong and great and have a great economy. But they should call, and if they do, we're open to talk to them.'

Though as observers says Trump's desire to attract and negotiate with Iran can be evaluated in his efforts to achieve a diplomatic achievement for the 2020 election, this represents a kind of dichotomy in the US foreign policy towards Tehran.

Iranian officials have repeatedly emphasized that negotiation under pressure means the defeat of the Islamic Republic's resistance and is a rejected option. Bolton and Pompeo know that American militarism in the region will not lead Iran to negotiations with the United States.

Now, the maximum pressure to pursue the US policy towards Tehran from Washington's leaders is different. While Trump repeatedly emphasized that his goal of 'maximum pressure' on Iran is to change the behavior of Tehran's leaders, people like Bolton prefer military option.

This is the issue that Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, said in a recent interview with Fox News, referring to 'B-team' actions under Bolton to push Trump to a military encounter With Iran. Although this analysis was initially rejected by some experts, Washington's policies toward Tehran in recent weeks has proved the depth and accuracy of this analysis.


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