War Averted? Trump Has Few Good Options, Announces New Iran Sanctions Instead

Since the early Saturday attacks on Saudi Aramco facilities talk of war has been on the table, especially given President Trump’s initial “locked and loaded” threat – however, Trump has since walked back his bravado and has instead announced new sanctions.

“I have just instructed the Secretary of the Treasury to substantially increase Sanctions on the country of Iran!” Trump tweeted Wednesday morning.


The president’s announcement of new sanctions is the clearest indicator yet he’s holding onto alternatives to war, this despite claims by the Saudi defense ministry spokesman stating that the strikes on its oil infrastructure were “unquestionably” sponsored by IranTrump’s ‘maximum pressure’ policy to bring Iran to its knees appears to have failed, with maximum pressure having now shifted on allies Saudi Arabia, the UAE and a president up for re-election who wants to avoid getting embroiled in a predictable conflict he created by pulling the US out of the nuclear deal. 

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