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June 20, 2019

The Morning Rant: Minimalist Edition

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I (and most of the people around these parts) haven't been a neo-con for a very long time. But the Leftist/Democrat disinformation engine has been put into overdrive...the usual suspects are claiming that Pompeo and Bolton and Trump are provoking Iran because they are frantic for war.

Well, we have been at war with Iran for 40 years...the problem is that we didn't admit it. Iran has been the world's leader in fomenting terrorism against America and its allies, and is directly responsible for many of the American combat deaths in Iraq, via their roadside bomb technology.

Iran Shoots Down U.S. Spy Drone; CENTCOM Says It Was In International Airspace

So this is not surprising at all. If the drone was over Iranian territory, which is what the Mullahs claim (and I don't believe), then that's the cost of intelligence gathering. However, if the drone was truly over international airspace then we must respond. But contrary to the hopes and masturbatory dreams of the Democrats, we do not need to send armored columns into Iran. it is a fragile country, with many targets of opportunity that can be destroyed from afar, without risking American lives. Electric grids, their single gasoline refinery, military communications...all are excellent targets. And outside their borders they are even more vulnerable. Lebanon, Syria, Yemen (and others) have Iranian troops, advisors, military equipment, or all three.

And what is the argument against an American response? Well, the Iranian navy could close the straits of Hormuz, at least temporarily. That would send shock waves throughout the world. But who buys the most Mideast oil? China. And who can ramp up production, courtesy of fracking? America. However, any closure of the straits would demand a world-wide response, so both the closure and the Iranian navy's days would be numbered.

Iran is clearly testing the resolve of the current administration, and hoping that internal political pressure will force President Trump to moderate the sanctions because of the threat of war. But President Trump has shown that when threatened, he tends to punch back...harder. So Iran's typical game might not work now.

One option would be to keep any response under the radar, so Iran won't know for sure what happened. I like the idea of keeping them off balance and unable to point to American "provocation" and play the victim card.


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