A spokesman for Iran’s Foreign Ministry claimed in a tweet Tuesday that the latest US sanctions on Iran permanently end the possibility of diplomacy between the two countries. Following this comment was Iranian President Rouhani who, in a live televised address on Tuesday, stated that the White House is “afflicted by mental retardation.”
The US sanctions have been increasingly strict in the past few weeks due to three separate Iranian attacks on the United States in the Strait of Hormuz, the last being the downing of a $100 million US Navy Drone.
Even though Iran, unprovoked, has been regularly attacking US ships in the Strait of Hormuz, the claim that the Trump administration “is destroying the established international mechanisms for maintaining world peace and security.” They make these claims as Trump continues to push for negotiations, even calling off a planned attack because the number of casualties would make it a “disproportionate” response to Iran’s attacks.
Despite the repeated attempts by the United States to conduct negotiations between the two countries, Iran insists on escalating tensions. I am not sure if Iran recognizes the bear they are poking. They have literally handed President Trump the keys to war that he can start whenever he wants. Iran is a child throwing pebbles at a giant, and the giant will only be merciful for so long.
In a session of parliament on Sunday, a speaker called the United States the “real world terrorist,” according to Reuters. Following the speech, Iranian lawmakers began to chant “death to America.”
To start off a live broadcast on the radio, the parliament’s deputy speaker, Masoud Pezeshkian, said “America is the real terrorist in the world by spreading chaos in countries, giving advanced weapons to terrorist groups, causing insecurity, and still it says ‘Come, let’s negotiate.’”
Following this, the Iranian lawmakers chanted “death to America,” which has been a slogan of the radicals since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, and the chant comes weeks after Trump stated in a television interview “They (Iranians) haven’t screamed ‘death to America’ lately.”
This comes directly after President Trump called off a military strike on Iran because the strike would cause too many casualties. The strike would have been the response to Iran’s three separate attacks in the span of just over a month on United States oil tankers and an unmanned drone. Trump instead signaled he would like negotiations with Tehran.
President Trump confirmed early Friday that he called off a retaliatory strike on Iran citing that the number of casualties expected from the attack would not be “proportionate” to what Iran did. In a thread on Twitter, Trump explained what happened, “… I asked, how many will die. 150 people, sir, was the answer from a General. 10 minutes before the strike I stopped it, not … proportionate to shooting down an unmanned drone. I am in no hurry, our Military is rebuilt, new, and ready to go, by far the best in the world,” Trump said.
“Sanctions are biting & more added last night. Iran can NEVER have Nuclear Weapons, not against the USA, and not against the WORLD!”
….On Monday they shot down an unmanned drone flying in International Waters. We were cocked & loaded to retaliate last night on 3 different sights when I asked, how many will die. 150 people, sir, was the answer from a General. 10 minutes before the strike I stopped it, not….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 21, 2019
This comes after three separate attacks from Iran in the last month and a half. The first and second were on oil tankers and the third was on an unmanned drone. While retaliation against Iran is certainly warranted, it is important for people to understand that tactical retaliations vs strategic plans can call for very different responses that may be difficult to understand.
As much as I rail against politics ruining our warfighting process, I am supportive of President Trump in hopes that his operational sense will prevail and crushing our enemies will take presidency over politics.
A U.S. official says Iran has shot down a Navy drone flying in international air space over the Strait of Hormuz. The official spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday on condition of anonymity as the information had yet to be cleared for release to the public.
Gen. Hossein Salami, commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, said the drone had violated Iranian airspace. But US military said it had been over international waters.
Salami gave a speech on Iranian state television today where he said the drone shoot down sent “a clear message” to the U.S. “Shooting down the American spy drone had a clear, decisive, firm and accurate message,” he said, translated from Farsi. “The message is that the guardians of the borders of Islamic Iran will decisively respond to the violation of any stranger to this land. The only solution for the enemies is to respect the territorial integrity and national interests of Iran.”
Mr. President, do what your predecessors failed to do. Meet this threat with overwhelming might and push them back to the Stone Age…
The incident is sure to trigger serious discussions within the Trump administration about how to respond to a direct attack on a U.S. military asset that goes beyond recent attacks in the Middle East that the U.S. has blamed on Iran.
Mr. President, do what your predecessors failed to do. Meet this threat with overwhelming might and push them back to the Stone Age and defeat this enemy once and for all. Otherwise, we will be saying in twenty years “Trump should have stopped them before they became a nuclear power.”
On Saturday, President Donald Trump denied a report from the New York Times that claimed the U.S. is ramping up cyber attacks against Russia. Trump called the decision to post the article as a “virtual act of treason.” According to the New York Times report, the U.S. has installed debilitating code inside Russia’s electric power grid.
Trump does have precedent to call for the prosecution of someone who undermines the military operations of the U.S. government. Throughout American history, from the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798 to the Espionage and Sedition Acts in 1918, the government has regularly restricted speech in the name of national security. Nowhere in the Constitution is the sharing of national security secrets a protected action for media or anyone else. It is time that those who divulge our secrets to the enemy pay the same price as someone that is caught killing Americans on the battlefield.
The Times claim that President Trump was not even disclosed the information of the cyber attacks. If the information in their report is true, and the New York Times is releasing highly classified information then they are knowingly and willingly damaging our national security. If the information is false then they are negligently damaging international relations with Russia, and therefore damaging our national security.