I see Trump is ending the year like he started it, trying to provoke a disastrous war with Iran. — Derek Johnson, CEO of the anti-nuclear weapons group Global Zero
I see Trump is ending the year like he started it, trying to provoke a disastrous war with Iran. — Derek Johnson, CEO of the anti-nuclear weapons group Global Zero
Trump is threatening Iran and Biden says the Pentagon is stonewalling him on 'many things' with less than a month until inauguration
  • Lame duck presidents typically avoid doing anything too provocative in their last days, particularly regarding national security. But Donald Trump is anything but typical.
  • Trump has issued new threats against Iran in the wake of a rocket attack on the US Embassy in Baghdad, which the US has blamed on Iranian-backed militias.
  • Meanwhile, President-elect Joe Biden says he's not receiving extensive briefings from the Pentagon.
  • It's unclear whether Biden has been briefed on the situation with Iran, which he inherits in 27 days.
President Donald Trump is leaving the White House in less than a month, but you wouldn't know it from his behavior.

Beyond refusing to concede to President-elect Joe Biden, the president has continued to threaten Iran with military action and his administration has reportedly discussed potential responses to recent rocket attacks on the US Embassy in Baghdad thought to have been carried out by Iranian-backed militias.

Meanwhile, Biden says he's being stonewalled by the Pentagon and hasn't been thoroughly briefed on a number of crucial issues.


... Trump's threats toward Iran after the rocket attack in Baghdad came nearly a year after he ordered a drone strike that killed the country's top general, Qassem Soleimani, which pushed Washington and Tehran to the brink of war. The Soleimani assasination was partly inspired by a rocket attack in Iraq that killed an American contractor in late December 2019.

But tensions between the US and Iran had reached historic heights before that, largely due to Trump's controversial decision to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal and re-impose sanctions as part of a "maximum pressure" campaign to hammer the Iranian economy.

In November, a top Iranian nuclear scientist was assassinated. Iran accused Israel of orchestrating the killing. Meanwhile, experts have suggested that the US was also involved, stating that the assassination was part of Trump's desire to derail Biden's ambitions of returning to the 2015 deal. Some analysts suspect Trump might take further actions to tie Biden's hands.

"Friendly reminder before Trump does whatever crazy thing he's about to do to Iran, this is all his fault," Stephen Miles, executive director of Win Without War, tweeted on Wednesday. "He inherited a working diplomatic nuclear deal and thawing relations, blew that all up to try out 'maximum pressure' which predictably failed, and now here we are yet again."

Derek Johnson, CEO of the anti-nuclear weapons group Global Zero, in a tweet said, "I see Trump is ending the year like he started it, trying to provoke a disastrous war with Iran."