U.S.-Iran tensions remain high after Iran shot down an American drone operating in international airspace last week, and allegedly attacked two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman on June 13.
In response, President Trump placed sanctions on Iranian leadership, denying them access to key financial resources – a move that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani described as “outrageous and idiotic.”
Interview: Tom Spoehr, director of The Heritage Foundation’s Center for National Defense and a former Army general, discusses the implications of Iran’s provocations in recent weeks with The Daily Signal. Read or listen here.
Here in the United States, both war hawks and peace doves are criticizing President Trump for his handling of the situation.
“Frankly, it all sounded like a bunch of Monday morning quarterbacks who hadn’t bothered to watch the game on Sunday,” said James Jay Carafano, vice president of Heritage’s Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy. Read Carafano’s full assessment of Trump’s response here.
According to Heritage senior research fellow for Middle Eastern affairs James Phillips, the confrontation is “forcing Tehran to pay an increasingly painful price for its hostile foreign policy and refusal to return to nuclear negotiations.” If the regime continues to reject diplomacy in favor of violence, then a military clash or even war is likely to ensue. Read Phillips’ full assessment here.
If the Iranians continue to escalate in their attacks against American interests, what do you think President Trump’s next move should be?