Source: Foreign Policy in Focus
A range of U.S. policies have been deliberately designed to provoke an Iranian response.
Some things are still unclear about Trump’s recent decision to bomb Iran — and his rapid-fire follow-up decision not to.
We still don’t know what he or his bomb-Iran cheerleaders — National Security Adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo — thought the bombing would actually accomplish. We also don’t know why Trump decided to recall the bombers. (Trump claimed it’s because a general told him 150 people would die in the attack. But given Trump’s indifference to civilian casualties in Yemen and elsewhere, I’m willing to bet the store that had little to do with it.)