How can Iran — America’s main political millstone in the Middle East — be beleaguered without forcing it out of Syria, wearing down its influence in Iraq, defying it in Lebanon, using Israeli air power to pressure it, preventing Turkey from opening up to it, thwarting Qatar from cooperating with it, and persuading Saudi Arabia to produce more oil to meet the world’s needs without resorting to Iran’s oil?
These are the tasks entrusted to Pompeo, and truth
His purpose is clear: To build a huge international coalition against Iran of more than 70 countries. Tehran is confident that US efforts are doomed to
Pompeo’s unprecedented efforts have come a long way in putting forth measures and actions against Iran. Tehran is absolutely right to worry, especially since European governments have found themselves in an awkward position in the past two months after receiving more data about Iranian operations that killed two opposition members, and a foiled bomb attack against an Iranian opposition rally near Paris last June.
Add to this the failure of Europe’s appeasement of Iran, and Brussels’ justifications in continuing to enforce the nuclear deal. The Iranian regime has not changed. It is still a wicked and dangerous regime that poses a great threat to the entire world, not only to Saudis, Bahrainis, Syrians
The odds of the success of the conference in Poland are high, especially, in light of recent events in Europe, Syria, Iraq
A big challenge, however, awaits Pompeo in trying to build a strong alliance against Iran — including the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states along with Egypt and Jordan — while also calming regional tensions. This is an almost impossible quest that requires him to adopt a different way of thinking and forge bilateral and multilateral brainstorming sessions.