In response to Iran’s failure to comply and on the heels of another attack of an oil facility in Saudi Arabia Trump orders increased sanctions sending a clear and hard message to Tehran. It appears that President Trump is done playing games with Iran. One story covering the President’s latest measures against Iran said that he ordered Steven Mnuchin, the Treasury Secretary to “substantially increase sanctions.”
Don’t let us forget, this is the same Iran that has a history of such radical behavior and the tensions between the U.S. and Iran have been strained for a very long time. Before this attack, tensions increased when President Trump withdrew the United States from a nuclear-pact they had with several countries including Iran. Why? Because of non-compliance with the agreement from countries like – you guessed it – Iran.
The reality is that it wasn’t going to take much to push the President into action and this wasn’t the straw that broke the camels back, this was a bomb. Oh yes, and it just happened to not only be the largest crude oil production plant in Saudia Arabia but the world. It disrupted production, impacted prices and cost nearly everyone something.
Just to add fuel to the fire, while Iran was denying any responsibility for the attack on the oil field, another group did step up. As our story reported, that was “Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi group…” who said they were behind the attack. Does anyone else see a problem with this?
To take this one step farther, assuming Iran wasn’t involved in any way, wouldn’t they have denied, rebuffed or condemned these actions from this radical group of wannabe terrorist? When a group claims to be in line with your beliefs, ideals, and methods then commits a bombing, that might be a good time to announce your disagreement with those actions!
Now, raise your hands if you think that’s what Iran did. Okay, all of you who raised your hands can now leave the conversation. No, Iran didn’t speak out against the Houthi group but they also didn’t stay quiet either. Nope, not Iran. They did what any country would do when asked about their involvement with a bombing that was claimed by a group of people who claim to support your country. They threatened us!
Another report that picked up the story following the attack said,: ‘Iran warned the U.S. that any action taken against it following an attack on Saudi oil installations will “immediately” be met with a response from Tehran… .’ Which is exactly what you would expect them to say – if they were crazy.
It must be an aggravating fly in the ointment for the President and his administration. Iran has no real leverage and outside of being able to create some turbulence in the oil industry, they can do very little to the United States. This is essentially playing with a bully who knows they can make the field trip more uncomfortable for everyone but can do nothing else.
It also may be the President’s biggest foreign challenge because finding peace in the middle east has been hard to find for any sitting President. What Iran may not be aware of, however, is that our current sitting President isn’t like anyone else before him. To think that he wouldn’t hesitate to put a stranglehold on Iran and cripple the entire country could be a mistake on their part.
China is already feeling the power of President Trump and others have also been introduced to the Commander and Chief’s willingness to throw a punch. That is likely a punch that Iran doesn’t want to experience and it is obvious that they could only absorb so many hits before hitting the canvas.
This is the second jab the President has thrown and it seems his patience with playing games is running thin. The United States has never been a bully and we are the protector of the weak and innocent but at least we are big and strong enough to be one. That may be something Iran might have to learn the hard way.