US should rethink Middle East policy to avoid war with Iran

By Daniel DePetris

U.S. foreign policy should be designed with one constituency in mind: the American public. The public expects policymakers and lawmakers in Washington to always keep their interests, not global abstractions, front-of-mind and do what is best for the country’s national security. When decisions are made that unnecessarily complicate conflict resolution or shut the door on diplomacy (sanctioning the Iranian foreign minister, to take the most recent example) the public expects Washington to reassess, think about the long-term, and correct the mistake.

Just as important, the public trusts Washington to understand when the interests of the United States diverge from those of its friends around the world and when they align with competitors.

This piece was originally published by The Washington Examiner on August 4, 2019. Read more HERE.

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