"Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard." - Anne Spencer
I've been reading articles for the last two days researching what's happening between the U.S. and Iran, and why the two nations are nearing a conflict no one wants.
It's scarily simple; a lack of communication. Yes, it's that mundane.
Iran has watched as the U.S. sent a carrier group and heavy duty bombers to their area, threatening to kick their ass big time if any American troops are attacked by Iran or their proxies because of a rumor.
Meanwhile, Iran saw this buildup in military power as a threat and began taking actions to defend itself.
What started the whole thing anyway?
Again, it's very simple, and could have been avoided by communicating.
Rumors began circulating that Iran was arming it's attack boats with missiles and were planning to attack American troops in Iraq and Syria, despite skepticism on the part of our European allies.
If the Trump regime hadn't gone after Iran like a honey badger the moment he slunk into office, there's a good chance communication would have avoided any sudden military buildups.
It's no surprise the Iranian regime refuses to communicate with the Trump regime now. They don't trust him. The orange ape's lack of a transparent foreign policy has rattled nations across the planet.
The result of this failure is playing out right now. Both sides are struggling not to go to war. Trump has said he doesn't want one. The Iranians said they don't want one.
But, there's wheels in motion on both sides preparing for one.
Which brings me to another worrisome example of lack of communication: Congress has been held in the dark over the whole foreign policy mess.
Members are getting briefed next week on Iran. Apparently, there's no hurry for what could be a worldwide crisis.
Going forward, we're going to have to hope cooler heads do prevail, and that someday a line of communication between the two rivals will be established with diplomacy.
Time for me to walk on down the road...