The U.S. embarked on an uncertain course when it elected Donald Trump in 2016. With every passing day, it seems the nation is becoming unglued from its principles: domestic and foreign. Trump has gone out of his way to trash the legacy of his predecessor, Barack Obama, simply because he was a black man.

He lacks the gravitas of the genuine statesman, one who puts the values of his (or her) country above partisan politics or petty grievances. The Iran Nuclear Agreement, although imperfect, was working.

Remember? Trump, having tilted at windmills as he fought the acceptable and verifiable because it was not all that he — or his Neo-con hawks, in particular — thought that it should've been.

Their puerile thinking isn't supposed to be how major league diplomacy is conducted.

Iran hasn't returned to a broken deal. Indeed, the ayatollahs have welcomed this abrogation of honor on Trump's part.

His base, once delighted, have now found themselves staring at prices at the pump. Oil prices have gone up, and the international dynamic has turned upon its head.

With Trump, only needless escalation of hostilities that could reach the nuclear stage, can be expected.

Ed Sullivan

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Randy Chapman

Yes Ed, the sky is falling. Carry on...

Carlos Ponce

"Trump has gone out of his way to trash the legacy of his predecessor, Barack Obama, simply because he was a black man."
Playing the race card, Eddie?
Trump, Republicans and Conservatives have a disagreement with Obama's policies and NOT because he is half Black.
In Iran they chant "DEATH TO AMERICA! DEATH TO ISRAEL!" That's not good. Many in Iran are good decent people. But their leadership is pure evil.
Want to know what Iran is really like? Look it up in a Bible. They're listed under "Persia".

Bailey Jones

"Trump has gone out of his way to trash the legacy of his predecessor, Barack Obama, simply because he was a black man." No - Trump trashes Obama for the same reason he trashes McCain - because they are rightly admired and respected, and refuse to show deference to Trump. As for Iran, I can't for the life of me understand why Trump can sit down with Kim Jong Un, but not Iran. They're both terrorist states, both led by nasty people, both destabilizing influences, both huuuuge problems waiting for some deal making super hero to solve. I can only assume that either Trump is simply carrying water for his buds in Saudi Arabia, or Trump is afraid of Kim, because Kim's got nukes and missiles (which sends a pretty clear message to Iran about what they need to do). BTW - best TV show ever. [thumbup]

Carlos Ponce

"Trump is simply carrying water for his buds in Saudi Arabia, or Trump is afraid of Kim.." Neither, Bailey. The "treaty with Iran was One Big A*** Mistake for America!

Gary Miller

Iran is and always will be a threat until someone puts them down. Trump should close the Straits of Hormuse and strangle Iran. No need for any oil shortage. The US, Saudi Arabia and Russia can increase output by far more than Iran's total.

Jim Forsythe

The price of oil has already started to go up. Since Tran's oil is mostly heavy oil, it will hard to replace the amount they place on the world market.
Iran has threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz, so that threat is not in play .

The realities are not likely to play out as the U.S. assumes. Saudi Arabia and the UAE are unlikely to sustain higher production levels for very long, out of concern for stability in oil markets. Iran's "heavy oil," which many countries need for refined oil products, cannot be replaced by Saudi light crude. Turkey, China, India and possibly some European allies will find ways to work around U.S. sanctions for both economic and geopolitical reasons. And Iran can reduce oil supplies leaving the Persian Gulf. It has threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz, and could conduct cyber operations against oil infrastructure on the other side of the Gulf.

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