Pompeo’s rise will make Mideast war more likely

The newly-nominated Mike Pompeo is hawkish and opposes the Iran nuclear deal, writes BU Pardee School lecturer

By Gregory Aftandilian | Boston University Pardee School of Global Studies

Why Tillerson had to go

The outgoing secretary of state was fired for a host of reasons, some of them personal.

Rex Tillerson’s ouster was both personal and political. Leah Millis/Reuters

Iran deal in danger

Perhaps most importantly, though, Tillerson defied Trump on Iran. Trump has been highly critical of the international nuclear agreement since his 2016 presidential campaign, calling it “the worst deal ever negotiated.”

Pompeo’s dangerous instincts

In October 2017, Trump finally decertified the Iran deal, which effectively opened the door for the U.S. Congress to reimpose sanctions. In his January 2018 State of the Union address, he was more direct, calling on lawmakers to “address the fundamental flaws in the terrible Iran nuclear deal.”

Destabilizing the Mideast

This could unleash a dangerous chain of events in the volatile Middle East.

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