More than 50 prominent US foreign policy, intelligence and national security figures have urged the administration of President Donald Trump to change its strategy toward Iran, saying any desire for “regime change” in the country is “wishful thinking.”
In a statement released on Sunday, the national security leaders said that the current administration’s strategy of pressure campaign against the Islamic Republic could lead to military conflict.
“The Trump Administration’s Iran strategy is to assert maximum economic, political and military pressure to change Iran’s behavior and threaten, if not cause, collapse of the regime. But since it has not undertaken diplomatic engagement on any of its twelve demands on Iran, the Administration has left Iran the option of either capitulation or war,” the authors wrote.
The signatories of the letter, which include former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, former Director of…