President Trump’s administration has made it very clear that U.S. forces are to respond to Iranian attacks with force if needed.
“What they found out very quickly,” said an official, was “us responding by defending ourselves. What was established was that we’re determined to defend ourselves.”
The actions by U.S. forces are part of a broader pushback against Iran, ranging from battlefield responses to diplomatic action, according to a veteran Iran policy analyst who has been briefed by the White House both on parts of the Syria strategy and on parts of an ongoing Iran policy review being conducted by the administration.
The Free Beacon first reported many details of the review several weeks ago, including actions by the Trump administration to potentially block the sale of U.S. commercial aircraft to Tehran.
“For the first time since the U.S. intervened into the Syrian conflict, American forces have been authorized to do take all measures to defend U.S. interests against Iranian provocations and aggression,” said the source.
As the Islamic State recedes into obscurity (at least in its previous strongholds in Syria), we knew it was only a matter of time before Iran would capitalize on the terror organization’s losses in Syria and enter the fray as a belligerent force. Using its proxies, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and Hezbollah, to disrupt U.S. efforts in coordinating a peaceful resolution to the six-year civil war, Iran has now crossed a “red-line” that has the Trump administration on a war-footing.
From the Washington Free Beacon:
“U.S. forces have been instructed to take all measures needed to protect American interests in Syria…”
This includes “military measures, as part of a new strategy that comes after top officials in the Trump administration assessed that Iran is deliberately probing American weaknesses and reactions on the Syrian battlefield.”
“Iran-backed forces, including Hezbollah, have already initiated multiple encounters with the United States by violating agreements worked out between Washington and Moscow aimed at preventing the various factions targeting ISIS inside Syria from coming into conflict.”
“This is part of a campaign that analysts inside and outside the White House believe is aimed at testing the Trump administration’s resolve.”
The Trump administration indicated its response to this event is part of a more comprehensive plan to reverse eight years of appeasement and weakness under Obama:
“This is part of a concrete strategy that has already been implemented in part, and is being bolstered every day. No more watching U.S. forces get rolled in Syria, and also no more of thanking Iran after they seize our sailors in the Gulf.”
While red-lines were accorded little to no significance under Obama, Trump has bucked that trend. Trump’s zero tolerance approach to rogue actors should be lauded as a sign of renewed American strength.
Praise the Lord!
What a difference a Good Leader can make.
I am so thankful our President has a backbone and won’t be in the business of “drawing lines in the sand,” instead he will be “dropping bombs and leveling the sand!!”