At the same time let this be a message to the little North Korean fat boy that Donald Trump is not Hussein Obama.
The mad men of Tehran have tried to go nuclear and it’s not a matter of if they will, but when.
The Iranians mullahs are every bit as evil as and twisted as Assad and his backers.
Below, what’s left of the bottom of a Syrian jet following the use of a MOAB on a hardened bunker in Syria.
If the United States is serious about dealing with ISIS and al Qaeda and the weapons of mass terror they supply to jihadists worldwide, then the first strike by a coalition of peace-loving countries must be ready to go.
Most of the most moderate countries in the Middle-East view Iran as a pest whose acquisition of nuclear weapons would lead to a nuclear arms race within the entire region, predictably leading to an apocalypse.
It is no secret that the arrangements with Tehran signed by John Kerry and the Iranian government were likely one of the words agreements made in U.S. History.
Iran had no intentions of allowing for IAEA peacekeeping teams to monitor their activity.
On the evening of Thursday, April 6, Washington time, President Donald Trump ordered the US military to respond to the Assad regime’s recent use of chemical weapons which had “choked out the lives of helpless men, women, and children.” In so doing, the US launched 59
In so doing, the US launched 59 Tomahawk Land Attack Cruise Missiles at the Shayrat Airfield in Homs belonging to the Syrian government.
The strikes, according to a Pentagon press statement, were delivered from two US destroyers stationed in the Eastern Mediterranean.
According to a more recent Department of Defense evaluation, “20 percent of Syria’s operational aircraft” were wrecked by the strike.
To date, international reactions have been somewhat predictable. US partners and allies in the Middle East, such as Israel and Saudi Arabia, endorsed the kinetic action. Conversely, government officials from the
Conversely, government officials from the Syrian Arab Republic and the Islamic Republic of Iran admonished the move.
Such censures nonetheless provide insight into Iran’s framing of the war in Syria, as well as the methods of argumentation Iran has long used to support the Assad regime. As always, vitriolic anti-Americanism featured prominently in Tehran’s diplomatic response.
As always, vitriolic anti-Americanism featured prominently in Tehran’s diplomatic response.
Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, called the strike a “strategic mistake.”
He also ominously warned that the US was about “to repeat their past mistakes” in the region.
“Former American officials created DAESH or helped it, and current American officials are in a state of strengthening DAESH or groups like it,” he alleged.
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The conspiracy theory that the US has had a hand in the creation of the Islamic State is as old as the group itself and is a narrative both favored and promoted by regime elites in Tehran.
Over time it has even made itself manifest in elements of the Iranian population. On April 8, part of the headline above the fold on the front cover of the hardline Kayhan newspaper, whose editor-in-chief is a close Khamenei confidant – read: “America formally stood beside DAESH.”
Several other Iranian officials also framed American involvement in the region as a boost to such groups.
Seyyed Hossein Taghavi-Hosseini, the spokesperson for the Iranian parliament’s hawkish National Security and Foreign Policy Committee exclaimed:
“The truth is that the Americans and some regional countries which are supporters of terrorism and terrorist groups were defeated in the Syrian arena, the Americans entered to revive the terrorists and develop a support umbrella for them.”
Taghavi-Hosseini’s comments are designed to alter international public opinion.
Should Taghavi-Hosseini’s erroneous narrative go unchecked, Iran, along with its Russian partners, could more aggressively look to offer themselves as guarantors of the regional order.
Alaeddin Boroujerdi, the Chairman of the same parliamentary committee, cited themes about perceived US desperation in his post-strike commentary.
He told members of the Iranian press that, “The recent American action in Syria is indicative of the defeat of the statesmen and government of this arrogant country in the region and in the world.”
Despite the obvious imbalance in ability, Iranian officials have often sought to position themselves as more adept than the US in the region, whom they accuse of being in retreat and decline.
While Iran’s military assistance has been critical in the form of money, men, and munitions to the Assad regime, Iran lacks the conventional military power to project force in the region and had to rely on tried and true asymmetric methods.
For conventional force projection, Iran has turned to another state: the Russian Federation.