For those who follow the “Twitter diplomacy” currently being used by President Donald Trump, Sunday evening’s tweet sent pretty directly at Iran was unmistakable. He and his administration have the nuclear power wannabe in the crosshairs, and saber rattling is not taken lightly.
To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 23, 2018
“To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!”
That’s a message that should be read and pretty easily understood. The thing about it, though, is that this approach has never been tried by previous administrations, and according to the “experts,” the talking heads on the various news reading networks, it could very well backfire since it smacks to them of trying to change the subject from the Putin summit last week. (Which is causing a lot of consternation since Trump and Putin are being coy about what they really said in their private meeting.)
Maybe, but this kind of message is the same sort of thing that Trump sent North Korean Chairman Kim Jung Un in November. That Tweet was part of the lead up to Trump’s public meeting with Kim in Singapore last month. If it worked then, maybe Trump thinks it will work now?
CNN’s Editor-at-Large, Chris Cillizza, has his doubts.
Regardless of why Trump did it, here’s *what* he did: Taunted an aspiring nuclear power with some of the harshest words we’ve heard from an American president.
Trump’s thinking in regard to Iran is almost entirely informed by how he handled “negotiations” with North Korea. Trump called North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un “Little Rocket Man” and made clear that America’s “nuclear button” was far larger than North Korea’s. Fears ran rampant that Trump was tweeting the US into a war on the Korean peninsula. Then, somehow, Kim decided that a summit with Trump would make sense — and the two sat down in Singapore last month, a meeting that Trump claimed had gone terrifically.
If it worked on Kim, Trump seems to believe, it will work on Rouhani. And it might! (To be clear: The summit “worked” in the sense it happened; denuclearization by the North Koreans is far from a done deal.)
But Twitter diplomacy — which is one of the many things that Trump has ushered in as President — isn’t a tried-and-true approach to geopolitics. Especially since it’s not entirely clear whether Trump actually checked with anyone in his administration before issuing the threat again Iran.
What CNN and many other “news” outlets never admit is that President Trump and his team are always several steps ahead of just about everyone else. We do not know what is going on behind the scenes, so we do not know if a deal has already been cut if threats have been made if the people are ready to revolt, or what is going on. And the entire idea that Trump doesn’t consult with his advisors is ludicrous. Absolutely nuts since the man surrounds himself with the best and brightest he can.
Donald Trump is nobody’s fool. He’s been around the block plenty of times and knows how the world works. Trust him to take a different approach to get things done, since the previous diplomatic efforts got us into the mess he is trying to straighten out.