Take It from 3 Former Ambassadors: Neglecting Diplomacy Will Hurt America
Secretaries Mattis and Tillerson, who appear to be building an important partnership, should urgently encourage the White House to match increased American military power in the region with an equally robust diplomatic and political strategy that points toward defined end games in the violent Middle East.
William Luers, a former U.S. ambassador to Venezuela and Czechoslovakia, is the director of the Iran Project. Thomas Pickering is a former under secretary of state and ambassador to Israel, Russia and the UN. Frank Wisner is a former under secretary of defense and U.S. ambassador to Egypt and India.