Why Trump made surprise visit to Iraq

The US forces stationed in Iraq saw president Trump in action on Wednesday with his surprise visit and hovering presidential responsibilities though it was his first erstwhile war zone visit.

Probably the Baghdad visit would increase the confidence of new Iraqi government in the US amid Trump’s recent shocking announcement to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan and Syria.

Trump may have lately realized his administration need to do some hard work overseas and Middle East in this regard is a complicated place where his predecessors have struggled for generations to prioritize competing interests, manage inevitable trade-offs and balance delicate relationships.

Last week the point was clear why a visit to Iraq so important when the Trump administration prioritized punishing Iran and get Tehran to negotiating table to reach a new agreement on nuclear program and destabilizing behavior in the region.

Trump is also seeking to have Saudi Arabia as a partner in containing Iran and this has been important in shaping calculation toward Riyadh. The murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was a near paas. The same was its conduct in the Yemen war.

Iraq has just two choices. It can either become subject to US sanctions or lose source of energy that powers more than 30 percent of the country’s electricity.

Paul Linus