As radio host Mark Levin likes to state, “I’m not a Code-Pink conservative”…
I’m all for leaving Syria and Afghanistan, returning with cruise missiles, airstrikes, and limited ground assaults if they step out of line. What I’m not for, however, is abdicating US military strength. It needs to be used only when US interests are threatened. Keeping valuable trade routes and ocean choke-points open is crucial if you want to have a free America. Sending a message to the Iranian despots is a good thing, and violence, if necessary, and acceptable thing as long as the measures have clear cut goals and end date.
NOTE: Also, it sends an equal message to Rocket-man in N.Korea.
Pompeo: ‘Absolutely’ the Case We’ve Seen Escalatory Action from Iran
ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday evening that it is “absolutely” the case that the United States has seen “escalatory action” from Iran, prompting the deployment of a carrier strike group and a bomber task force.
“It is absolutely the case that we’ve seen escalatory action from the Iranians. That is equally the case that we will hold the Iranians accountable for attacks on American interests,” Pompeo told reporters from Breitbart News and other outlets traveling with him to Finland.
“And the fact that if those actions take place if they do by some third party proxy, whether that’s a Shia militia group, the Houthis or Hezbollah, we will hold the Iranians — the Iranian leadership directly accountable for that,” he said.
Asked if he could clarify what the escalatory actions are, he responded, “No I can’t.”
“I don’t want to talk about what underlays it, but make no mistake we have good reason to want to communicate clearly about how the Iranians should understand about how we will respond to actions that they may take,” he added.
The Wall Street Journal reported that the move was in response to “new intelligence that suggests allied interests and American forces could be imperiled,” according to multiple U.S. officials. The outlet reported that the deployment has been “under discussion in recent days.”