“U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, while talking to American troops during an unannounced visit to Iraq on Thursday, cast doubt on whether Iran will abide by the terms of a nuclear agreement between Tehran and U.S.-led world powers.”

“Carter told a staff sergeant who asked how the deal will affect U.S. troops in Iraq:  I continue to be concerned about Iranian malign activity in the region to include here [in Iraq], and the possibility of Iranian aggression and the possibility that Iran will not obey the agreement, which we’ll find out, because there’s got to be inspections and [verification] and so forth.”

“He added, “We will keep the military option, which was the alternative to a deal.”

Their are times that less said is better for all involved in the Middle East.  As people are dying on a daily basis this is the last thing you want to hear from the Defense Secretary especially within a week after the deal was struck with Iran making it the only super power in the Middle East.


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