Jarrett Blanc

Jarrett Blanc is a senior fellow in Geoeconomics and Strategy at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He was the State Department lead for Iran nuclear implementation under President Obama and was previously Acting Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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In the Gulf of Oman, the U.S. Must Lead from Behind

Desperately short of credibility on the world stage, the Trump administration must step back to avert war with Iran.

Kamran Jebreili
Kamran Jebreili/AP Photo A U.S. Navy patrol boat leaves a U.S. Navy 5th Fleet base near Fujairah, United Arab Emirates. The United States has accused Iran of attacking civilian commercial ships in the Gulf of Oman, just outside the Persian Gulf—four ships in May, and two last week. There is evidence, even if inconclusive, to support the claim, and Iran or its proxies are the most likely culprit by simple inference. The situation is escalating quickly, with Iran shooting down a U.S. drone and President Trump reportedly ordering retaliatory strikes before calling them off at the last moment. We can be grateful that conflict was averted Thursday night, but both sides are demonstrating an alarmingly high risk tolerance. Despite running against new adventures in the Middle East, Trump seems to be staggering toward war. What should Washington do next? The right answer is as little as possible. Republicans pilloried President Obama for “leading from behind” when Europe took...