The White House suggested that Iran is, in fact, planning attacks against American interests or personnel in the region. There has been, obviously, a response in terms of pulling nonessential personnel from the US embassy in Baghdad and there are, of course, reports that the White House is studying military options on Iran.
I think what we see in all of this—and it’s reassuring in some respects; it creates other problems in others—is that Iran doesn’t have very many good options for managing the pressure that it’s been put under, and for retaliating in a way that actually advances its own interests
The Iranians made this gesture [threatening to cease complying with a pair of key provisions of the nuclear deal], because they’re not prepared to fully breach the deal, yet they’re still looking for some other way out.
It’s a standard part of the Iranian playbook: Under pressure, you don’t give in, you don’t submit, you strike back...The fact is we can’t put any faith in what this administration says, and that’s what really scares me