Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made clear on Monday that the Obama administration’s policy of détente toward Iran is dead.
Now that President Donald Trump has withdrawn from the Iran nuclear deal, the United States’ is finished offering the Iranian government carrots, according to the former CIA director. Instead, It’s time to bring out the stick.
“We will track down Iranian operatives and their Hezbollah proxies operating around the world and we will crush them,” Pompeo said at the Heritage Foundation think tank in Washington, his first public remarks since assuming the role of the country’s top dip “Iran will never again have carte blanche to dominate the Middle East.”
“And I’d remind the leadership in Iran what President Trump said: If they restart their nuclear program, it will mean bigger problems – bigger problems than they’d ever had before,” Pompeo said.
Trump has ordered the U.S. government to create an international coalition to pressure Iran to abandon its support for terrorist groups and its development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, a State Department official told Task & Purpose.
In contrast to the State Department’s tough talk, the Pentagon is taking a more nuanced approach by stressing that the entire U.S. government is part of the new Iran strategy and not just the U.S. military.
But that didn’t stop reporters from repeatedly asked Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Rob Manning when Operation Persian Freedom will kick off.
“As far as specific actions that we’re going to take, I’m not going to get into those,” Manning said at a Monday Pentagon press gaggle. “Iran remains a destabilizing force in the region and we’re going to do everything we can to avert that.”
Reporters pressed on, asking Manning what new actions the U.S. military will take against Iran.
“We are going to take all necessary steps to confront and address Iran’s malign influence in the region,” Manning said. “If that means doubling down on steps and actions that are currently being taken now; or, as a planning organization – obviously, I’m not going to talk about future operations – that could possibly entail new actions as well.”
The gaggle of reporters latched onto the words “new actions” as an indication that the Pentagon might actually do something that it hasn’t done before to deter Iran, but Manning clarified that the Defense Department is “still assessing” what to do.
The war will have to wait — at least for this news cycle.
SEOUL (Reuters) - The South Korean military fired two warning shots at a Russian military aircraft that entered South Korean airspace on Tuesday, the Ministry of National Defense in Seoul said, and Chinese military aircraft had also entered South Korean airspace.
It was the first time a Russian military aircraft had violated South Korean airspace, a ministry official said.
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In a not-so-veiled threat to the Taliban, President Donald Trump argued on Monday the United States has the capacity to bring a swift end to the 17-year-old war in Afghanistan, but he is seeking a different solution to avoid killing "10 million people."
"I have plans on Afghanistan that if I wanted to win that war, Afghanistan would be wiped off the face of the Earth," Trump said on Monday at the White House. "It would be gone. It would be over in – literally in 10 days. And I don't want to do that. I don't want to go that route."