Why are we responding so timidly to Iranian-backed attacks on US bases?
As of this morning, there have been 48 attacks on US bases in the Middle East according to Fox News. On those attacks, tens of American servicemen have suffered traumatic brain injuries. Nineteen were reported in a Politico article while Fox News yesterday reported that the number now stood at 25.
In response the might US, led by a laughable old codger, has conducted two pathetic pinprick strikes.
MacCallum countered that many Americans believe the administration has not done enough to dissuade Iran from attacking U.S. installations and service members:
“You’re a military man. What do you say to the members of our U.S. services? They are watching this incoming: You’ve got a couple of people who’ve suffered traumatic brain injuries and others who have been injured,” she said.
“When you’re telling them – don’t fight back, Just sit there. You’re telling them, you know, just sit tight at this moment and take it?”
Kirby began to reply that the U.S. has retaliated with strikes of its own, to which MacCallum interjected that many experts see such return-fire as strategically pointless.
“With all due respect John, I’ve talked to military experts who say that retaliation is completely inconsequential; that Iran needs to be hit in a way that means something to them; their command and control centers, which we know where they are,” MacCallum said.
After an American contractor was killed and several troops were injured in late December 2019, President Donald Trump ordered a drone strike on Qassem al-Soleimani, which took place on January 2, 2020. Soleimani was the commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Quds Force unit and supplied Iraqi insurgents with the IED’s that led to the deaths and maiming of thousands of American troops.
Iran was quiet after that.
The scuttlebutt after the Soleimani raid was that Trump made clear to Iran that if the attacks continued another very high value target would be neutralized. Biden’s obsequiousness to Iran – freeing assets, lifting sanctions, allowing Iran to sell oil – has sent Iran the signal that Joe Biden’s US is today a paper tiger. Iran has asserted that expansion of the Middle East conflict is “inevitable.”