The Trump administration could actually exploit the current crisis with Tehran to negotiate a peace deal if the State Department was not led by a rapture-seeking zealot, former United Kingdom (UK) ambassador to Syria Peter Ford told Sputnik.
The United States and Iran appeared close to war after President Donald Trump ordered the drone assassination of top Iranian general and Quds Force Commander Qasem Soleimani at Baghdad International Airport on January 3.
“[Former US Secretary of State Henry] Kissinger used to say never waste a good crisis. A statesman would see mortal danger but also opportunity to strike a grand deal. With deterrence momentarily established a wise US would cash in its chips while it is ahead and do a backstairs deal,” he said. “Somehow I don’t see rapture-seeking [US Secretary of State] Mike Pompeo as today’s Kissinger.”
At a religious summit in 2015, then-congressman Pompeo, apparently in reference to the fight against same-sex marriage, said Christians would continue the struggle until the rapture, which is the moment many evangelicals believe they will ascend to heaven.
Trump’s established record of reckless risk-taking did not offer reassuring prospects for the maintenance of stability and peace in the region, Ford commented.
“Given that the US war machine is now manifestly in the hands of an easily manipulated, reckless gambler, that is not a soothing prospect,” he said.
“Just maybe, the hawks working the Trump puppet, or Israel, engineered the opportunity because they were afraid Japanese diplomacy might have been about to bear fruit with a Trump tempted to strike a deal with Iran,” he said.
The New York Times reported on Monday, citing five Trump administration officials speaking on condition of anonymity, that the plans to assassinate Soleimani had been developed at least since June 2019.