Take It from 3 Former Ambassadors: Neglecting Diplomacy Will Hurt America

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks flanked by (L-R) Senior Advisor Jared Kushner, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (2nd R) and Secretary of Defense James Mattis (C) as he meets with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., June 26, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

The military can't solve all of America's international problems.

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.

Image: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks flanked by (L-R) Senior Advisor Jared Kushner, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (2nd R) and Secretary of Defense James Mattis (C) as he meets with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., June 26, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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