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Now that President Donald Trump has withdrawn from the Iran nuclear deal, the United States’ is finished offering the Iranian government carrots, according to the former CIA director.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.
In a scathing letter, a top Navy legal official on Sunday expressed "grave ethical concerns" over revelations that government prosecutors used tracking software in emails to defense lawyers in ongoing cases involving two Navy SEALs in San Diego.
The letter, written by David G. Wilson, Chief of Staff of the Navy's Defense Service Offices, requested a response by Tuesday from the Chief of the Navy's regional law offices detailing exactly what type of software was used and what it could do, who authorized it, and what controls were put in place to limit its spread on government networks.
"As our clients learn about these extraordinary events in the media, we are left unarmed with any facts to answer their understandable concerns about our ability to secure the information they must trust us to maintain. This situation has become untenable," Wilson wrote in the letter, which was obtained by Task & Purpose on Monday.
Rebekah "Moani" Daniel and her husband Walter Daniel. (Walter Daniel/Luvera Law Firm)
The Supreme Court on Monday denied a petition to hear a wrongful death case involving the controversial Feres Doctrine — a major blow to advocates seeking to undo the 69-year-old legal rule that bars U.S. service members and their families from suing the government for injury or death deemed to have been brought on by military service.
FORT IRWIN, California -- Anyone who's been here has seen it: the field of brightly painted boulders surrounding a small mountain of rocks that symbolizes unit pride at the Army's National Training Center.
For nearly four decades, combat units have painted their insignias on boulders near the road into this post. It's known as Painted Rocks.