Pompeo: World Has Responsibility to Confront Iran

Doubles down on blaming Iran for 'act of war'

The leading hawk in the Trump Administration when it comes to Iran, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo continues to use every media appearance to push the idea of a major confrontation with Iran as all but inevitable.

On Fox News Sunday, Pompeo was quick to declare that it is the “world’s responsibility” to unite into a global coalition and confront Iran, declaring the Iranians the “evil force in the region.”

Pompeo added that the “whole world understands” that Iran is totally at fault, and solely to blame for what he described as a “state-on-state act of war.” He said Iran has been behaving this way for 40 years.

The Secretary of State has been angling for direct US intervention in Iran for months, and while President Trump has expressed an aversion to a war with Iran, as have a number of other officials, he seems interested in using every pretext to push for more such measures.

Other officials are emphasizing the number of US sanctions being imposed against Iran, and vowing that there will be more sanctions in the future. In reality, the US is sanctioning almost every aspect of Iran already, and the new sanctions have so far just been to reiterate the old sanctions.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.