Trump Has a $259 million Reason to Bomb Iran

by Eli Clifton On Thursday, the United States came perilously close to a military confrontation with Iran after it downed a U.S. drone that may or may not have entered the country’s air space. President Donald Trump reportedly ordered a… Continue Reading  

Two Linked Crises in the Persian Gulf

by Robert E. Hunter Iran shot down a Global Hawk U.S. surveillance drone and crowed about it. President Donald Trump says that he decided to strike back at Iran but called it off with 10 minutes to spare. Thus, the… Continue Reading  

Trump Is Misleading America into a New War

by Joe Cirincione and Mary Kaszynski This is not a drill. A new Middle East war is coming, perhaps soon. Only dramatic political action by the American people and their political leaders can stop it. President Trump says he does… Continue Reading  

The Maximum Pressure Campaign Presses Toward War

by Paul R. Pillar The statement by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the latest incident involving tankers in the Gulf of Oman is questionable on multiple counts, beginning with his immediate, semi-automatic attribution of responsibility to Iran. The origin… Continue Reading  

The Pentagon’s Spoiling for a Fight, But With China, Not Iran

by Michael T. Klare The recent White House decision to speed the deployment of an aircraft carrier battle group and other military assets to the Persian Gulf has led many in Washington and elsewhere to assume that the U.S. is… Continue Reading