White House adviser Jared Kushner is making strong moves against Iran as the United States finds itself involved in a conflict in Yemen in which Iran is backing a rebel force.
Kushner and other Trump administration geopolitical strategists have been seeking for more than a month to undermine Iran, both in their opposition to the pro-Iran Houthi militia in Yemen and to counter the propaganda of the Iranian regime.
But establishmentarian foreign policy experts featured in Newsweek are expressing their concern about Jared’s stance on Iran — which, like the president’s, seems to be focused on undermining the regime politically. Anti-Islamic Republic protests continue to engulf the nation as the government steps up a pressure campaign to resist the peaceful rebellion.
Kushner visited Saudi Arabia in the aftermath of the mysterious Las Vegas shooting and almost immediately thereafter a purge of largely Iran-sympathetic Islamic financial figures took place in the kingdom.
“In a rare public appearance at the Brookings Institution on Sunday, Kushner said brokering peace between the Israelis and Palestinians would help counter Iranian aggression in the region. Kushner has been dispatched as the face of the administration’s diplomatic efforts in the Middle East, but experts say his rhetoric against Iran might do more harm than good.
“Making such statements could up the ante for Tehran and its adversaries alike in all of its regional proxy wars,” Amanda Kadlec, a national security expert at the Rand Corporation, told Newsweek. “In Yemen, for example, Saudi Arabia’s response to Iranian-backed Houthis could get worse if that is possible, or more incursions across Saudi borders could heighten.””
“He also helped lead RAND’s diversification and expansion into international markets—including the establishment of RAND Europe, the RAND Qatar Policy Institute, and RAND Australia.”
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