By Duncan Smith
Reports on Monday claimed that the Iranians are considering the assassination of a U.S. diplomat in response to the United States’ targeting of Revolutionary Guards commander and chief terrorism sponsor Gen. Qassem Soleimani earlier this year.
That wouldn’t be a good idea, as far as President Trump is concerned.
The commander-in-chief warned Monday to warn the Iranians that any assassination attempt or retaliation for the targeting of Soleimani 'will be 1,000 times greater in magnitude.'
…caused over so many years. Any attack by Iran, in any form, against the United States will be met with an attack on Iran that will be 1,000 times greater in magnitude!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2020
Hours later, during an interview on “Fox & Friends,” the president repeated the warning. “We’re all set,” he said. “They’ll be hit a thousand times harder.”
Trump cited recent reports that claim Tehran is considering an assassination attempt on Lana Marks, the United States' ambassador to South Africa. U.S. officials have been aware of threats against the ambassador since the spring, but intelligence suggests those threats have become more specific in recent weeks.
An intelligence source told Fox News the intel community is taking the threat against the ambassador seriously and believe the Iranian regime potentially has the ability to act on an assassination plot. She is just one of several U.S. officials that American intelligence agencies believe Tehran is considering for retaliation for the killing of Soleimani. Iran has denied the reports.
At the time he was targeted, the Pentagon said Soleimani 'was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region.'
So there’s that.
If the Iranians have not yet learned they aren’t dealing with Barack Obama and John Kerry anymore, perhaps they’ll need another lesson in what real power is like.
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