Losing the War and We’re Paying for it
By Michael Ledeen
October 19, 2016
When the No Deal Deal was made with Iran, I said it was
easy to understand: the Iranians would promise to be good, and we would
pay for it. In the event, I was only half right. We are indeed
paying for it, but the Iranians haven’t even pretended to be good. In
fact, they are attacking us.in Yemen, as Steve Bryen and retired Admiral Norman
Saunders argue convincingly here:
It is, for Iran, a double or triple proxy war. It is a war
against Sunni infidels epitomized by the Arab Gulf states, particularly Saudi
Arabia. The Houthis
are Sh'ia, not Sunni, and so are the Iranians. It is a war to take
control of Yemen and with it control over the entrance to both the Red Sea and
the Persian Gulf. And it is a war against the all-around infidel, the United
States and its allies.
From the Iranian point of view, and certainly that of the
Revolutionary Guard, it is the United States that is blocking Iran from
controlling the Persian Gulf and Red Sea commerce. In regard to Yemen and the
coastline and Bab el-Mandab straits, the U.S. has been absolutely clear that the U.S.
Navy mission is to keep them open for international shipping.
Thus the two or possibly three subsequent events, the
firing of anti-ship missiles aimed at the USS Mason and USS Ponce,
represents a qualitative escalation in the competition between the Iranian
Revolutionary Guard and the U.S. Navy. The Houthis were quick
to say that while they took credit for the Swift attack they
did not attack the U.S. warships.
In keeping with Obama’s strategic alliance with Iran,
U.S. government spokesthings have carefully avoided any suggestion that Tehran
is lobbing missiles at our Navy, blaming their proxies, the Houthis. And
our “response” –attacking some obsolete radar systems—reminds me of Bill
Clinton’s bombing of an Afghan aspirin factory in the middle of the night,
pretending it was a brave attack on al Qaeda.
And still nobody resigns in protest against Obama’s
strategic alliance with the Iranian regime.
Quite the contrary, in fact. We're working for our
enemies. American soldiers are risking their lives to advance Iranian
It’s amazing and appalling that our Air Force is bombing
targets in Mosul at the behest of the Quds Force commander, General Qassem
Soleimani. If there were a geopolitically savvy leader of the opposition
in Washington, we’d be hearing a lot more about these things, but the best
we’ve got right now is my co-author, General Michael T. Flynn, and for the
moment Trump’s got him in tow. Perhaps after the election Flynn will
find an effective role.
Of the urgent tasks the next president will have to face,
none is more important than unleashing a devastating political attack against
radical Islam, with Iran the biggest target. The number two in Iran’s
defense forces just
reminded us of the regime’s mission regarding the United States:
"The presence of America in the region is a cancerous
malign tumor that can only be treated by removing the filthy tumor and the
ejection of America from the region,” Jazayeri added. “In Iran, nobody will
permit America to tie its failure to live up to its commitments to defense
issues and the interests of the resistance.”
This reminder that the Islamic Republic is at war with us
comes during a three-day drill by Iranian air forces, in which Tehran used
American military technology. Just in case Khamenei was short of cash, Obama made
it easier for the supreme leader to get still more American money.
We need leaders who want to win the war against Iran and
her allies, ranging from Russia and North Korea to China, Cuba and Syria.
This has to include outspoken condemnation of the tyrannical regimes, and
support for countries threatened by them. We need to do more for
reasonable Islamic governments like Egypt and Indonesia, as we must relentlessly
condemn the brutal repression of the citizens of enemy countries.