'For all the reasons to be concerned about President Trump's nomination of current CIA director Mike Pompeo to replace Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State, experts on Tuesday warn that an increase risk of a U.S.-initiated war with Iran should be at the top of the list.
In a reaction on Tuesday, the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), worried openly that Trump's nomination of Pompeo "could have profound implications for the fate of the Iran nuclear deal and the prospect of a new war in the Middle East."
Jon Rainwater, executive director of Peace Action, also expressed grave concerns. "By tapping Mike Pompeo to be Secretary of State," said Rainwater, "Trump is handing over the reigns of U.S. diplomacy to one of the most hawkish members of his administration. For all of Tillerson's flaws, he served as a check on Trump's more hawkish positions. With Pompeo, Trump's worst instincts on Iran and North Korea will be reinforced."
In November of 2016, as CNBC notes, Pompeo warned that the Iranian government was "intent of destroying America," characterized the nuclear deal forged by the Obama administration as "disastrous," and said he was looking forward to "rolling back" the agreement.
At a time when Trump has repeatedly threatened to rip up or nullify the deal, Rainater lamented how Pompeo's "extreme policy views threaten to gut U.S. diplomatic capacity further by making war the go-to option rather a last resort."'
Read more: 'Recipe for War': Experts Warn Pick of Pompeo Intensifies Risk of US Attack on Iran
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