I’ve been pondering this thread for some time, but held back because for a time, the rest of the world managed to hold back too, particularly after the Iranian nuclear deal brokered during Obama’s tenure as US President.
Trump is a different ball game. Heavily influenced by elements of the Israeli government and lobby, creating worse relations with Iran was something that was always on his to-do list. He campaigned on it, calling the Obama deal the “worst deal in history”. I’m sure any graduates of Trump University would disagree.
There are some elements of the US Administration that have never gotten over the 1979 revolution in Iran. Before then, everything regarding Western interests was nice and cushty. A friendly dictator of the West’s choice in charge since the democratically elected Prime Minister was deposed in a 1953 Anglo-US coup, only to be replaced with a militant theocracy that was inherently opposed to anything the West might have been interested in.
The real shame is that if we’d just left alone in 1953, we could have got the same outcomes in terms of access to resources, and Iran might be a mature democracy today. As things stand, it’s a mature revolutionary state and a permanent reminder that the US doesn’t always get its own way.
Depressingly, it looks like it is back on, and another war of aggression is on the way. I suppose we need a place to discuss it.