President Trump Donald John Trump The global economy is a soap opera, expects some plot terms Huawei sues United States government over seized equipment Trump defends scheduled ICE deportations MORE for next week's G20 summit for Resetting US relations with close allies is particularly timely because Washington is suffering from the weakness of one of its major global challenges at the moment ̵
Having launched a press campaign against Iran by withdrawing from the 2015 global nuclear agreement and reintroducing economic sanctions that push Iran's economy and causing serious difficulties among its peoples, Washington now blames Tehran for the latest attacks on tankers in the Gulf of Oman and sends another 1,000 troops to the region to monitor Iranian activities and already protect the troops there.
And yet in his efforts to force Tehran to negotiate new ones, his nuclear and ballistic missile programs emerge and leave his wicked ways in the region and beyond, Washington is largely alone.
Special narrative is the suspicions of European capitals and elsewhere that Trump's fingers in Tehran to Tanker attacks look honestly like the events of 1964 that led to the dissolution of the Tonkin Bay – giving President Lyndon Johnson a broad authority educate the Vietnam War but who later raised suspicions that he invented or exaggerated the North Vietnamese attack that ran the decision.  "There is much suspicion in Europe about American motives," a French defense analyst told the New York Times in a point of view echoed by others. "The maritime environment is particularly susceptible to manipulation – remember the Tonkins bay."
The core of Trump's unilateralism, his efforts to push US allies to back his policies rather than convince them to do so, are his threats to introducing tariffs for them if he does not get his way, sometimes. Substantial fluctuations in policy on issues such as North Korea's nuclear program and its propensity to facilitate the leaders of Allied nations on a personal level come home to all.
It is quite clear that the United States and its allies agree that Iran is a dangerous regional player, that it will be far more dangerous if it develops nuclear weapons and that the global community should contain it. But on every major aspect of the Iranian challenge, the United States and its allies are moving in different directions.
About nuclear power, Tehran spread sharply beyond the break between America and its allies by stating that at the end of this month, it would exceed the deal's boundaries for Iranian low-enriched uranium stocks – unless Europeans find a way to Iran evade US sanctions. The regime also threatened to enrich its uranium to a higher purity, which would make it much easier to convert the fuel to a nuclear level.
Washington and Europe's signatories to the agreement (UK, France and Germany) have moved in strongly different directions on the agreement for some time. As Trump retired, Europeans tried to work with Iran to save the deal. When Trump reinstated sanctions, European leaders (but so far unsuccessfully) sought to create a system that would allow its businesses to continue doing business with Iran and to evade the sanctions by participating in a barter system.
As for the Tanker attacks, one does not have to be a Trump supporter or a hard Iranian critic to believe that Tehran was behind them.
For one thing, such attacks would signal a return to Iran's maritime accident for decades earlier, which led to the US Navy destroying half of Iran's fleet in 1988, after an Iranian naval ministry almost sank an American frigate in the Persian Gulf. . Adam Schiff Adam Bennett SchiffHouse Intelligence Committee for summons Trump associates Felix Sater Schiff introduces bills to strengthen law-closing campaigns from accepting foreign dirt Lawmakers save by testy Mueller hearing MORE a violent drummer criticized the overwhelming evidence that Iran blamed.
Nevertheless, Trump's credibility problems and America's needy credibility problems with Iraq and the unhappy search for weapons of mass destruction have left our closest ally on guard. of believing American claims.
Such caution could complicate any American effort to protect ships passing through the Hormuz Sound. As the US lacks the required number of ships to carry out the job itself, it would be necessary to build a coalition of nations that our cunning and distrusted ally may be reluctant to join.
We are far from the day of the Cuban missile crisis when French President Charles de Gaulle told former Prime Minister Dean Acheson that he did not need to see the proof of Soviet missile activity in Cuba because "The words of the President of the United States are good enough to me. "
At next week's G20 session in Osaka, Trump would be wise to start repairing the damage of recent times.
Lawrence J. Haas, senior friend of the US Foreign Policy Council, is the author of the latest " Harry and Arthur: Truman, Vandenberg and the Partnership that created the free world ."