On Monday, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough tore into President Donald Trump for escalating conflict with Iran — which had faced internal political dissent until the U.S. assassinated general Qassim Suleimani.
Scarborough said Trump has failed to respond to previous provocations by Iran, and instead chose the most extreme option available after an attack on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad.
Scarborough said the action was completely disproportionate and made little strategic sense.
“Yes, the killing of the American contractor was a great tragedy, but there’s nobody in the Middle East, there’s nobody in the United States that doesn’t suggest the killing of Suleimani will lead to many more deaths than just one,” he said.
“It seemed that the United States had Iran on the run. Again, the protests may not have been destabilizing to the government in the long run, but the Iranians were facing the worst internal dissent since 1979, since their founding 40 years ago — worse than the dissent in 2009,” he added.
“Instead of facing internal dissent now they’re facing a more unified country than ever before,” Scarborough added. “Instead of facing pushback from the Iraqis, who were actually starting to tire of Iranian influence, it is now the Iraqis who are turning on the United States of America. Why this brinkmanship? Why now? What will be the rewards politically over the next 10 years?”