According to the AP, “A U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer fired a warning flare toward an Iranian Revolutionary Guard vessel coming near it in the Persian Gulf, an American official said on Wednesday, the latest tense naval encounter between the two countries.”
The incident occurred less than three months after POTUS Donald Trump was inaugurated.
We noted at the time that the Iranians were making a grave miscalculation:
U.S. and Iranian naval vessels routinely engage in tense standoffs, with the latter most often the provocateur. Worse, the incidents have really increased since the Obama administration made its “nuclear deal” with Iran, which essentially gave Tehran everything while the U.S. and the world got a slight delay on a nuclear-armed Iran (maybe).
What is interesting to note is that, judging by these continued provocations, the Iranians still don’t understand that they’re not dealing with Obama and his limp-wristed Middle East foreign policy anymore. In President Donald J. Trump, they are dealing with a commander-in-chief who is well-briefed on American military capabilities and willing to let his generals and admirals flex some muscle when needed.
That came after a February 2017 report when we noted:
The fact is, the Iranians have been empowered by Obama to believe they’re something more than they are. And should Tehran’s mullahs be stupid enough to think that they can attack a U.S. ship or base in the Middle East with impunity – because they think President Donald Trump is a buffoon leading an administration full of buffoons, they’ll quickly find out that’s not the case.
On Sunday we reported that Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei came out and publicly supported a “suggestion” made by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who said if the U.S. carries out its intent to block Iranian oil exports to Europe and elsewhere as part of a new package of sanctions aimed at ‘convincing’ Tehran to stop supporting terrorism and pursuing nuclear weapons, Iran could block other countries in the region from exporting their oil.
But then the Iranians made a threat as well — against the United States.
In the past, administrations have simply ignored such threats. But we don’t live in the past.
We’re now led by a president who won’t be bullied, threatened or otherwise cajoled, especially by a minor regional power.
Late Sunday, Trump tweeted directly to Iran’s leaders: Threaten us and you’ll suffer “consequences.”
In all caps, the president wrote:
“To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!”
To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 23, 2018
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: The Iranians are not dealing with Barack Obama and John Kerry.