Pompeo’s Bombastic Iran Threats: A Sign Of Weakness?

Secretary of State Michael Pompeo threatened Iran with annihilation in a speech yesterday at the neoconservative Heritage Foundation. His twelve demands of Iran read like the demands made of Serbia in 1914 — they are designed not to reduce tensions but to lead to war. But is all the bombast in the Trump Administration on Iran just a sign of weakness? The claims in Pompeo’s speech are demonstrably false. Why lie when the lies are so easy to refute?