With the United States Congress on the verge of expanding its sanctions against the pro-Iranian Hizbollah militia, it would seem that Washington is dead set on countering Tehran’s expanding influence in the Middle East. But not so fast. While the Trump administration may be sincere in its desire to contain the Islamic Republic, its policies in Syria and Iraq have sown confusion, hardly an oddity for the current White House.
Rex Tillerson may be skipping the NATO meeting next month -- a move that will clearly annoy the European allies. But on Wednesday, in a move that puts at least one foot of the Trump administration in the traditional diplomacy camp, he's hosting foreign ministers and officials of the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS, originally organized by the Obama administration in the fall of 2014 as an alignment of nations and international organizations committed to defeating the terrorist group.