War rhetoric has been ratcheted up over the past few days between Iran and the United States.
Tensions are mounting between the two nations. The U.S. has accused Iran of carrying out drone attacks against U.S. ally Saudi Arabia.
According to CBS News, “Four oil tankers anchored in the Mideast were damaged by what Saudi and U.S. officials say were ‘sabotage’ attacks, though images of the ships have shown clear visible damage to only one of the vessels. Details of the alleged sabotage to two Saudi, one Norwegian and one
Emirati oil tanker on Sunday remained unclear, and none of the nations to which the vessels belong had assigned blame.
“However, on Monday American officials told CBS News senior national security correspondent David Martin that the initial assessment of a U.S. team sent to investigate the incidents was that Iran or Iranian-backed proxies had used explosives to blow holes in the four ships.”
The U.S. has deployed four B-52 bombers, as well as the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier and other vessels, to the Persian Gulf.
A meeting was held recently by President Trump’s national security team to present the president with war plans in case of Iranian aggression. One of the plans called for 120,000 troops to be deployed to the region.
President Trump denied that war was imminent with Iran when he told reporters, “I think it’s fake news, OK? Now, would I do that? Absolutely. But we have not planned for that. Hopefully we’re not going to have to plan for that. If we did that, we would send a hell of a lot more troops than that.”
President Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, justified the ramping up of forces in the region by claiming the actions were needed to prevent Iran from carrying out possible attacks against U.S. forces or allies in the Middle East.
Bolton said, “The United States is not seeking war with the Iranian regime, but we are fully prepared to respond to any attack, whether by proxy, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or regular Iranian forces.”
In response to the reports that Iran is planning an attack on Americans in the region, President Trump said, “It’s going to be a bad problem for Iran if something happens.”
Last month, Trump announced his decision to label Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) a foreign terror organization. Iran’s Parliament then opened a session shouting, “Death to America.”
Iran is fond of calling Israel the “little Satan” and the U.S the “big Satan.”
They have been a thorn in America’s side since the Islamic regime came to power in 1979. The regime took Americans hostage for 444 days, until they were freed during the inauguration of former President Ronald Reagan.
That is what happens when you play tough with Iran: they fold. President Reagan was tough. He played hardball with Iran and they blinked. President
Trump is using similar rhetoric.
He is not going to back down to Iran, like former President Obama did when he made the horrendous mistake of brokering the Iran nuclear deal.
President Trump is also not a warmonger. He pulled troops out of Syria in the face of opposition from his advisers. He campaigned against the war in Iraq and has called for limited U.S. involvement in foreign conflicts.
However, he has shown the ability to pull the trigger when he believes it’s necessary, such as he did when he ordered the bombing of chemical weapons facilities in Syria. He has also threatened North Korea with “fire and fury” if they ever attack America.
Time will tell if war happens in Iran. Hopefully it doesn’t come to that. However, if it does, President Trump won’t be afraid to take action to defend Americans.