(NationalSentinel) The Trump administration has a message for the mullahs running Iran: Back off, or pay the price.
Though the Islamic republic was able to regularly violate its ‘nuclear deal’ agreement with the Obama administration by conducting ballistic missile tests, the Trump administration is having none of it.
After Iran’s latest missile test, in defiance of the agreement, ranking officials within the Tehran government then taunted the White House, saying Iran will not yield to “useless” U.S. threats from “an inexperienced person” over its ballistic missile program.
“This is not the first time that an inexperienced person has threatened Iran … the American government will understand that threatening Iran is useless,” Ali Akbar Velayati said, without identifying any U.S. official specifically in his comments.
If you’ve seen the movie “Dumb and Dumber,” you’re now watching how it would play out were it adapted to international relations.
In response to the provocation, National Security Advisor Michael Flynn warned Tehran in this way: “We are officially putting Iran on notice.” As reported by Breitbart, Flynn went on to say that Iran had been “emboldened” to pursue such provocative behavior by the “weak and ineffective” response of the Obama administration.
His warning came after an Iranian-backed suicide bomber attacked a Saudi naval frigate in the Red Sea, an attack that U.S. intelligence officials believe was either mistaken as an American warship or was a dress rehearsal for a future attack on a U.S. vessel.
The Trump administration’s response thus far has been praised by members of former U.S. administrations, including John Bolton, who was the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under George W. Bush.
“I think it’s the first time in eight years that anybody has really said to Iran what needs to be said,” Bolton told SiriusXM host Alex Marlow.
“I think it demonstrates a couple of things: Number one, that the Obama administration’s nuclear deal, agreed to in the summer of 2015, is in deep trouble. I think that’s what being put officially ‘on notice’ means. Because this latest ballistic missile launch by the Iranians was a violation of the agreement, although the wording is weak and ambiguous, thanks to John Kerry, there’s no doubt this is unacceptable behavior by Iran,” he said.
“It also sends the political signal to America’s allies, as well, that any notion that we will simply continue to accept this deal as written is something they need to dismiss,” he continued. “I think it’s the kind of straight-shooting that helps clarify the situation with friends and adversaries alike.”
No question about it. Iran, like the Washington political establishment and leaders around the world, does not understand Trump, obviously. Someday that will translate into a very painful lesson - for Iran.