Yesterday, the U.S. military conducted a missile strike at Baghdad International Airport that took the life of Qasem Soleimani, one of Iran’s most powerful men and head of the Ayatollah’s Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force, the elite unit that handles Iran’s overseas operations. Under U.N. sanctions, Soleimani was barred from international travel, especially within the hostile region of the Middle East. A day after Iran backed U.S. Embassy attack in Iraq, Trump decided to up the ante and took out Soleimani, who has been a thorn in the side of so many Middle Easterners since the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s.
Since the end of the Obama Administration’s pandering foreign policy that consisted of payoffs for no nuclear proliferation, the Islamic State of Iran has reverted to its old ways; threatening the instability of the Middle East, while swearing allegiance to extremism and all the while screaming, “Death to America.” Like so many of his conservative predecessors, President Trump sees the nation of Iran as a can that has been kicked down the road too many times. For far too long, administrations, both Democrat and Republican, have taken a more passive approach when dealing with the Ayatollah and its so-called, President.
It would seem now that due to Iran’s actions, and the sudden assassination of Soleimani, the United States and Iran are closer to the brink of a military conflict than has been the case over the last 30 years. At noon today, the U.S. announced that it was sending approximately 3,000 soldiers to the Middle East to thwart any Iranian response. So, is Trump preparing for war? Is the U.S. ready for another military conflict, particularly in the hostile Middle East?
For decades, Iran has supported various state-sponsored military and terrorist groups. One is the Shite militia group, Hezbollah, who was deemed responsible for the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad earlier this week. The State Department and Department of Homeland Security have issued a caution to Americans abroad, particularly in Iraq, whereby they have told them to flee immediately. Meanwhile back at home, local, state and federal agencies are on high alert, preparing for any terrorist attack prompted or sponsored by Iran.
The world is a safer place without Soleimani, mainly due to his involvement in overseas assassinations and warfare that lead to the hundreds of deaths of American soldiers stationed in the region. However, with Soleimani’s love and allegiance throughout Iran, to what extent will the Ayatollah go to revenge his death? Are Iran’s threats valid, or is it just more saber-rattling from this rogue nation that has engaged in such behavior for the last 60 years?
Looking around the globe, many wonder if the U.S. is fully prepared for another military engagement should Iran decide to escalate this matter. According to Axios.com, since Trump’s decision to pull out of Syria, dynamic shifts of U.S. military personnel have resulted. The U.S. has nearly 800 military bases around the world, and U.S. Central Command says that between 60,000 and 70,000 U.S. troops are in the Middle East. With possible skirmishes or responses needed in Asia to thwart additional provocation from North Korea, some would argue that the United States is spread too thin to appropriately respond to military action against any nation, especially Iran who bolsters the 8th largest military in the world with over 523,000 active and 350,000 reserve military personnel.
Trump has stated over and over that he is a man of peace and that war doesn’t benefit the U.S. Liberal-Democrats, particularly those in the House or running for President, have come out swinging, attacking the President on his military response and the murder of Soleimani. While the world will be watching to see what happens next, it is undeniable that the U.S. has taken a harder stance against rogue nations, especially those who use proxy military, militia, or terrorist organizations to attack Americans and their allies.
What will the Iranian response be? No one is for sure; however, it cannot be argued that President Trump is and has been cleaning up the disastrous foreign policy of the Obama Administration. For far too long, America has denied it’s right to protect itself, its allies, and its global interests. Do I want war? No. Does Trump want war? I don’t think so. Does Iran want war? All indications point to yes. Can America handle another war? I guess we shall all see.
God bless the United States!
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