President Trump has changed the rules of engagement. Excerpt:
On Wednesday morning, Earth Day no less, when any responsible president would have been hectoring people about global warming, President Trump had other concerns on his mind. “I have instructed the United States Navy,” he tweeted, “to shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships at sea.”
Predictable scorn ensued from the Left. Writer Nick Jack Pappas was just one of the many who focused on Trump’s choice of words, tweeting, “Trump is giving the order to shoot down boats. I didn’t realize Iran had flying boats now.” They ignored the fact that one can shoot a man down without his being able to fly, but anything will do for a dig at the President. Iranian freedom activist and journalist Heshmat Alavi was more focused, tweeting: “The mullahs’ regime ruling #Iran harasses UN [sic] Navy ships for propaganda purposes. Thank you, President Trump, for reminding this regime that the Obama years are gone. And BTW, this regime does not represent the Iranian people.”
Alavi was right. The Iranian mullahs, apparently having forgotten that Barack Obama is no longer President, were at it again just last week. According to Business Insider, “nearly a dozen Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy vessels sailed out Wednesday to harass a collection of US Navy and Coast Guard vessels conducting operations in international waters.”
The U.S. Navy stated that eleven Iranian boats of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Navy (IRGCN) “conducted dangerous and harassing approaches,” and added that “the IRGCN’s dangerous and provocative actions increased the risk of miscalculation and collision.” The Iranians, said the Navy statement, were violating the “rules of the road.”
As an old soldier myself, I’m inclined to think, “Fine, if you little pricks want to play, we’ll damn well play.”
One suspects the Iranian regime, beset on one side by renewed sanctions, on the other by the Kung Flu, are acting out like a bunch of neglected four-year-olds. And that’s not an inapt analogy for a country run by a cabal of Bronze Age savages.
And here’s the real laugh line:
The deputy commander of the IRGC, Hossain Salami, said in May 2015 that Iran actually wanted war with the United States: “We have prepared ourselves for the most dangerous scenarios and this is no big deal and is simple to digest for U.S.; we welcome war with the U.S. as we do believe that it will be the scene for our success to display the real potentials of our power.”
Yeah. The real potential to have your “Navy” sunk, the pitiful collection of Vietnam-era relics you call an air force destroyed, your army walked over, probably with a matter of hours. Granted the Iranian regime could wage an atrocious (in the original sense of the word) irregular campaign against the U.S. and American citizens all over the world for decades; but here’s the thing: Iran is also home to many young people who were educated in the United States and Western Europe, who would love to see the mullahs gone and their country finally returning to the modern world.
It is they, not the U.S. military, that the Iranian regime really needs to worry about. If another Green Revolution happens today, President Trump won’t throw them under the bus, as his predecessor did.