Which one of these statements sends a clear message?
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javid Zarif:
“I’m making a very serious statement that we don’t want war; we don’t want to engage in a military confrontation,” Mr. Zarif told CNN in an interview. “But we won’t blink to defend our territory.
President Donald J. Trump:
“There are many options. There’s the ultimate option, and there are options a lot less than that,” the president told reporters in Los Angeles, while announcing a move to increase sanctions on Iran.
I feel pretty confident that the Iranians are not bluffing. But how confident can anyone be about American intentions?
You tell me how all this is going to play out.