President Barack Obama delivered a long-anticipated speech to the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims touching on extremism, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as the strife between Palestinians and Israelis. This speech represents an important milestone in the president’s broader efforts to heal the rift in U.S.-Muslim world relations. Nonresident Senior Fellow Shibley Telhami says the president’s address largely achieved its objective.
[Trump has] given Iran the moral high ground and that is an exceptionally difficult thing to do given the history and reality of Iran's misdeeds at home and in the region. It's just malpractice on the part of an American president.
The way the Trump administration is moving forward [with its Iran policy] is just so hostile to all aspects of Iran that it’s unlikely to produce any traction with the Iranian people or to encourage divisions within the system.
The intent of [any U.S. action] to do with the IRGC is basically to cast a very broad shadow over sectors of the Iranian economy and exacerbate the compliance nightmare for foreign businesses that may be considering trade and investment with Iran.