Is there anybody that Donald Trump does not piss off?
Well, besides Vladimir Putin that is.
Courtesy of the AP:
Iran’s president is warning President Donald Trump against provoking his country while indicating peace between the two nations might still be possible.
Trump earlier this year pulled the United States out of the international deal meant to prevent Tehran from developing a nuclear weapon and ordered increased American sanctions.
Iran’s semi-official ISNA news agency quoted President Hassan Rouhani as warning Trump on Sunday: “Do not play with the lion’s tail or else you will regret it.”
Trump has suggested Iranian leaders are “going to call me and say ‘let’s make a deal’” but Iran has rejected talks.
Rouhani suggests peace is still possible and says “America must understand well that peace with Iran is the mother of all of peace, and war with Iran is the mother of all wars.”
Look, Iran does not have the capability to engage in a prolonged ground war with America, so this mother of all wars talk is just bluster.
However, they certainly can ramp up the number of Jihadists they sic on America and her allies while increasing the number of terrorist attacks exponentially.
I am not suggesting that America should give in to threats of terrorism, but if a former adversary is offering to talk peace then it is criminal to not at least send diplomats to engage in those talks.
However, by pulling out of the deal that Obama made to prevent further work on nuclear weapons, Trump has signaled that he is not a reliable negotiator.
If Trump is willing to talk face to face with Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un it seems crazy that he would not also be willing to do the same with the leaders of Iran.
P.S. After I wrote this post last night, Trump tweeted this:
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
Oh yeah, that seems like the response of a man who claims he does not believe in “stupid wars.”
By the way, Iran has blocked Twitter since 2009.