Tensions Continue to Flare Between Iran & the US 💪

Carlos Barria / Reuters

Carlos Barria / Reuters

Barrage of sanctions

US president Donald Trump announced new sanctions against Iran this week, targeting Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard, who control a significant part of Iran’s economy. In addition, the US launched a Cyber Strike on the Revolutionary Guard. 

Looming war?

Trump decided last minute to abort airstrikes on Iran after its forces downed an unmanned drone. The president said resulting Iranian casualties would not be “proportionate to shooting down an unmanned drone.” But the two governments continue to exchange barbs about the prospect of war. 


LEANING RIGHT:

Daily Wire: Iran calls Trump ‘mentally retarded.’ Trump gives them a friendly reminder. 

Fox News: James Carafano: Trump adopts shrewd Iran strategy 

The right largely covers how Trump is dealing with Iran and how Iran has responded. Articles capitalize onIrananian President Hassan Rouhani’s insult that the White House is “afflicted by mental retardation.” Opinion pieces will side with Trump, justifying his rationale for attacking Iran. 

LEANING LEFT:

Al Jazeera: The US: The bully who cried wolf 

Politico: What Trump really just told the Iranians: he’s out of ideas

The left tends to focus on why tensions between the US and Iran have intensified. Articles will specifically report how foreign powers such as Saudi Arabia benefit from an Iranian war. Other news outlets will portray White House figures as jingoistic. These articles take aim at individuals like National Security Advisor John Bolton. Analytical pieces portray the US as riling Iran, arguing that the US is the bellicose country. 


Where's the common ground?

Common ground is minimal. While conservative outlets report this news in a tone sympathetic to the Trump Administration, the left faults the White House for escalating tensions. But both sides will generally concede that war between Iran and the US is worrisome. Center right publications will agree with the left that the Trump Administration is acting hawkishly towards Iran. 

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