US President Donald Trump delivers a statement about Iran, flanked by Secretary of Defence Mark Esper, Vice-President Mike Pence and military leaders, in the grand foyer of the White House on January 8. Photo: Reuters US President Donald Trump delivers a statement about Iran, flanked by Secretary of Defence Mark Esper, Vice-President Mike Pence and military leaders, in the grand foyer of the White House on January 8. Photo: Reuters
US President Donald Trump delivers a statement about Iran, flanked by Secretary of Defence Mark Esper, Vice-President Mike Pence and military leaders, in the grand foyer of the White House on January 8. Photo: Reuters
Philip Bowring
Opinion

Opinion

Philip Bowring

Under Trump, the US’ interventionist policy towards the Middle East has reached a new low

  • The assassination of Iran’s Soleimani was carried out in Iraq against the wishes of the Iraqi government. For sure, Iran has been interfering in Iraq, but no more than the US. The US is out of control, and must return to established norms

US President Donald Trump delivers a statement about Iran, flanked by Secretary of Defence Mark Esper, Vice-President Mike Pence and military leaders, in the grand foyer of the White House on January 8. Photo: Reuters US President Donald Trump delivers a statement about Iran, flanked by Secretary of Defence Mark Esper, Vice-President Mike Pence and military leaders, in the grand foyer of the White House on January 8. Photo: Reuters
US President Donald Trump delivers a statement about Iran, flanked by Secretary of Defence Mark Esper, Vice-President Mike Pence and military leaders, in the grand foyer of the White House on January 8. Photo: Reuters
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Philip Bowring

Philip Bowring

Philip Bowring has been based in Asia for 39 years writing on regional financial and political issues. He has been a columnist for the South China Morning Post since the mid-1990s and for the International Herald Tribune from 1992 to 2011. He also contributes regularly to the Wall Street Journal, www.asiasentinel.com, a website of which he is a founder, and elsewhere. Prior to 1992 he was with the weekly Far Eastern Economic Review, latterly as editor.