President Obama is withdrawing American troops from Iraq after one of the longest wars in U.S. history. Senior Fellow Michael O’Hanlon says Iraq remains far from stable, and that a continued U.S. presence as advisors to Iraq on building a democracy would have been preferable. However, O’Hanlon says the Iraqis failed to deliver the assurances that could have kept American advisors on the ground, despite creditable efforts by the Obama administration.
[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.