June 19, 2019

Opinion | Tankers on Fire: The Specter of a Conflict With Iran

Opinion | Tankers on Fire: The Specter of a Conflict With Iran


To the Editor:

RePompeo Blames Tehran for Blasts on 2 Tankers and Sees ‘Clear Threat’” (front page, June 14):

The push for military conflict with Iran, led by Mike Pompeo and John Bolton, is a very dangerous escalation of tensions in the area, and seems to be based on somewhat unclear evidence. It is the responsibility of Congress to carefully examine the claimed evidence, and be absolutely sure of what happened to the two tankers before allowing any military action. We have seen this kind of government-incited hysteria before, and it has led to the deaths of many young Americans, for no reason.

I think back to the Gulf of Tonkin incident, an excuse used for greater American involvement in Vietnam. Years after the war, it came out that government officials distorted facts and deceived the American public. And, of course, there are the “weapons of mass destruction” lies, presented with great gravitas by, among others, Secretary of State Colin Powell.

Both Mr. Pompeo and Mr. Bolton seem intent on a military conflict with Iran, but before the United States puts its young men and women in harm’s way, the country has an obligation to fully understand their reasons for this, whether they are in fact valid, and what, if anything, is at stake for America.

Jaroslav Havel
West Caldwell, N.J.

To the Editor:

Given his poor showing in recent polls, it’s not beyond reason to suppose that President Trump would welcome a major distraction. The situation in the Gulf of Oman would seem tailor-made for this. Other players (our “allies”) in the region appear to favor an American strike on Iran, and they possess the means to instigate a situation in which Mr. Trump would feel validated ordering a strike.

Haven’t we seen other instances where hostilities have begun based on lies and distortions? Haven’t we learned anything? A hard look at who’s behind these recent shipping attacks is warranted.

Gerald L. Pane
Amagansett, N.Y.

To the Editor:

As an international incident that could bring the United States and Iran toward war intensifies, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo cites American intelligence agencies as evidence that Tehran was behind the disabling of both ships. This is a dangerous situation, especially after President Trump has sown seeds of doubt concerning American intelligence agencies, which are being investigated right now by the Justice Department for their role in the inquiry into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Believing the evidence from intelligence agencies when it suits the administration will not sell. Mr. Trump’s frequent attacks on these intelligence agencies as compromised will haunt him when action might be necessary.

Larry Hoffner
New York



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