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Iran’s latest threats must be taken seriously

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Iran's latest threats must be taken seriously

It’s unlikely that Pres­i­dent Trump will cer­tify that Iran is in com­pli­ance with the nuclear deal signed by his pre­de­ces­sor, which means Con­gress will be able to impose new sanc­tions on the Islamic state. Iran has now threat­ened to attack any Amer­i­can bases within a 2,000 km range if we impose these sanc­tions. These shouldn’t be viewed as idle threats.

This is a deal that never should have hap­pened and the Pres­i­dent would be wise to do what he can to end it. How­ever, we can­not go into this think­ing there will be no con­se­quences. Instead, we should pre­pare for the inevitabil­ity that Iran will strike U.S. forces, bases, ships, and allies. They’ve been itch­ing for a good fight for a while and sup­port­ing Bashar al-​Assad in Syria hasn’t quenched their thirst for blood.

Unlike North Korea, which is run by a nar­cis­sis­tic mad­man, Iran is prag­matic. That should worry us all because it actu­ally behooves them to draw Amer­ica into an iso­lated con­flict. They have diplo­matic sup­port from nearly all of our allies other than Israel and Saudi Ara­bia. More­over, they have mil­i­tary sup­port from Rus­sia and pos­si­bly China and North Korea. This is not a sit­u­a­tion like Iraq where we’ll be able to send in some coali­tion forces and have troops sur­ren­der­ing to jour­nal­ists. This is a ded­i­cated and pas­sion­ate group of Shi­ite Mus­lims who wor­ship their lead­ers. They’re also adept at cybert­er­ror­ism and pos­sess and shock­ingly advanced military.

Accord­ing to Streiff at Red­State:

Given the Iran­ian direct and indi­rect provo­ca­tions in the Per­sian Gulf and along the decon­flic­tion line sep­a­rat­ing US sup­ported Syr­ian rebels from pro-​Assad forces, it is very likely that Iran will try retal­i­a­tion of some type to see what it can get away with.

Not since the Cold War has Amer­ica been tar­geted by those who can actu­ally harm us and our allies. We already have one dan­ger­ous enemy that wants to strike us in North Korea. Add Iran to that mix and we need to be cog­nizant of the risks. We shouldn’t fear them and pro­vok­ing them seems unavoid­able in light of the actions of the pre­vi­ous Pres­i­dent, but we shouldn’t dis­miss them as harm­less. They’re not.

It’s unlikely that President Trump will certify that Iran is in compliance with the nuclear deal signed by his predecessor, which means Congress will be able to impose new sanctions on the Islamic state. Iran has now threatened to attack any American bases within a 2,000 km range if we impose these sanctions. These shouldn’t be viewed as idle threats.

This is a deal that never should have happened and the President would be wise to do what he can to end it. However, we cannot go into this thinking there will be no consequences. Instead, we should prepare for the inevitability that Iran will strike U.S. forces, bases, ships, and allies. They’ve been itching for a good fight for a while and supporting Bashar al-Assad in Syria hasn’t quenched their thirst for blood.

Unlike North Korea, which is run by a narcissistic madman, Iran is pragmatic. That should worry us all because it actually behooves them to draw America into an isolated conflict. They have diplomatic support from nearly all of our allies other than Israel and Saudi Arabia. Moreover, they have military support from Russia and possibly China and North Korea. This is not a situation like Iraq where we’ll be able to send in some coalition forces and have troops surrendering to journalists. This is a dedicated and passionate group of Shiite Muslims who worship their leaders. They’re also adept at cyberterrorism and possess and shockingly advanced military.

According to Streiff at RedState:

Given the Iranian direct and indirect provocations in the Persian Gulf and along the deconfliction line separating US supported Syrian rebels from pro-Assad forces, it is very likely that Iran will try retaliation of some type to see what it can get away with.

Not since the Cold War has America been targeted by those who can actually harm us and our allies. We already have one dangerous enemy that wants to strike us in North Korea. Add Iran to that mix and we need to be cognizant of the risks. We shouldn’t fear them and provoking them seems unavoidable in light of the actions of the previous President, but we shouldn’t dismiss them as harmless. They’re not.