It appears a perfect storm has formed in the Middle East that could inevitably draw the United States into war with Iran.
Recent reports indicate that the radical Islamic regime has now openly ramped up its nuclear weapons program. The anti-American regime has reportedly thumbed its nose at the Nuclear Deal that Pres. Donald J. Trump pulled the U.S. out of while more than 20 other signatories continued to abide by it.
Under the 2015 multi-national arrangement, Iran agreed not to enrich uranium above the critical 20-percent purity threshold. The Islamic state had reportedly engaged in covert operations to the contrary before the Trump Administration exited the deal. These days, they have aggressively and openly pursued nuclear weapons capabilities.
“Preliminary activities for designing modern 20 percent (enriched uranium) fuel have begun,” Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization chief Ali Akbar Salehi reportedly said during a live television interview. “We have made such progress in nuclear science and industry that, instead of reverse-engineering and the use of designs by others, we can design new fuel ourselves.”
The nuclear deal held them to enrichment no higher than 3.76 percent purity. However, that threshold was already being exceeded before the U.S. pulled out of the agreement. Complicating matters even further, Iran has pushed into Syria and taken an enhanced military posture toward U.S. ally Israel.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently ordered significant strikes against Iranian targets in Syria and has vowed to deter the rogue nation from gaining a foothold in the war-torn territory.
After 20 rockets were fired at the Israeli military in the Golan Heights area, Prime Minister Netanyahu ordered a ferocious response on Iranian targets in Syria. According to reports, the Jewish state’s military hit 70 Iranian military positions that included intelligence gathering sites, logistics headquarters, military compounds, and munition dumps among others.
“They must remember that if it rains here (in Israel), it will pour there,” Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman reportedly said. “I hope that we have finished this chapter and that everyone got the message.”
Following previous counter-offensives, Prime Minister Netanyahu vowed to return fire 10-fold against enemy states such as Iran.
Although the constant state of conflict between Israel and Iran is nothing new, things have changed mightily under the Trump Administration. Unlike the failed policies of “leading from behind” and “strategic patience” of the Obama Administration, Pres. Trump and his national security team have faced threats head-on. North Korea got the message loud and clear as Pres. Trump readied for war following aggressive acts by leader Kim Jong Un. Iran has not.
An Iranian mortar attack struck close to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, and members of the Trump Administration have looked to the Pentagon about possible retaliatory strikes and even open war.
“We continue to review the status of our personnel following attempted attacks on our embassy in Baghdad and our Basra consulate, and we will consider a full range of options to preserve their safety and our interests,” National Security Council spokesman Garrett Marquis reportedly said following the near miss at the U.S. embassy.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been on a Middle East nations tour and reiterated the possible direct use of military action against Iran, even if it acts through its terrorist intermediaries.
“We have told the Islamic Republic of Iran that using a proxy force to attack an American interest will not prevent us from responding against the prime actor,” Pompeo reportedly said.
Pres. Trump, like Israel’s prime minister, has already leveled powerful responses against the international crimes by Syria against civilians. After Syria’s Pres. Assad used chemical weapons against women and children, Pres. Trump unleashed a pair of missile strikes that punished the war criminals. It stands to reason that an attack against an American outpost will be met with fire and fury.
National Security Advisor John Bolton reportedly requested the full range of military options for responding to an Iranian attack. The Pentagon complied with Bolton’s request and the steadfast determination expressed by the Trump Administration has many believing that war with Iran appears inevitable should sanction fail to bring Iran to the negotiating table.
The current climate in the Middle East appears ready to burst into a hot war with Iran. The rogue regime’s nuclear program, attacks on Israel, aspirations in Syria, funding of terrorism and the near hit of an American embassy have moved the U.S. close to a full-blown military response and certain war.