As the Islamic State recedes into obscurity (at least in its previous strongholds in Syria), we knew it was only a matter of time before Iran would capitalize on the terror organization’s losses in Syria and enter the fray as a belligerent force. Using its proxies, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and Hezbollah, to disrupt U.S. efforts in coordinating a peaceful resolution to the six-year civil war, Iran has now crossed a “red-line” that has the Trump administration on a war-footing.From the Washington Free Beacon:
“U.S. forces have been instructed to take all measures needed to protect American interests in Syria…”
This includes “military measures, as part of a new strategy that comes after top officials in the Trump administration assessed that Iran is deliberately probing American weaknesses and reactions on the Syrian battlefield.”
“Iran-backed forces, including Hezbollah, have already initiated multiple encounters with the United States by violating agreements worked out between Washington and Moscow aimed at preventing the various factions targeting ISIS inside Syria from coming into conflict.”“This is part of a campaign that analysts inside and outside the White House believe is aimed at testing the Trump administration’s resolve.”
The Trump administration indicated its response to this event is part of a more comprehensive plan to reverse eight years of appeasement and weakness under Obama:
“This is part of a concrete strategy that has already been implemented in part, and is being bolstered every day. No more watching U.S. forces get rolled in Syria, and also no more of thanking Iran after they seize our sailors in the Gulf.”While red-lines were accorded little to no significance under Obama, Trump has bucked that trend. Trump’s zero tolerance approach to rogue actors should be lauded as a sign of renewed American strength.
[Note: This article was written by Zachary Smith]