Believe it or not, Trump isn’t a warmonger
ANALYSIS | He may be managing it badly, but US president wants to withdraw from conflict in the Middle East
In the hours after the assassination of Qassim Soleimani, a lot of people assumed Donald Trump was trying to start a war with Iran to win re-election. Not true, said Trump: “We took action to stop a war.”
I think that’s correct.
Fundamentally, Trump is a peace president and he wants to be able to prove that under his leadership, America has withdrawn from the Middle East. The process has to be managed and there’s a strong argument that Trump is managing it haphazardly, even badly – but the intended direction of travel is out, not in...