President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal hurts US national security and risks a large conflict in the Middle East, infers Michael H Fuchs of The Guardian. Without limits, Iran could choose to reignite its nuclear program and increase support for terrorist groups. Its rivalry with Saudi Arabia could lead to the latter also choosing to arm itself with nuclear weapons. Such tensions might result in a war that includes Israel, which would likely draw in the US as well. Trump has mentioned creating an improved Iran deal, but the country has little reason to trust him after showing how little giving one’s word means to him.
After diplomatic softness under the Obama administration, President Trump’s tougher approach sent the world a much-needed reminder of America’s strength, believes Michael Graham of the Boston Herald. In ending the Iran deal, Trump has punished it for having transgressed boundaries, such as funding terrorists and sending troops to Syria. He is showing that such behavior won’t be tolerated anymore. Already, Iran has said it won’t restart its nuclear program. Trump’s strong approach has made clear that misdeeds will be punished. Unlike his predecessor, Trump is making full use of US strength to further Middle Eastern peace.