Iranian President Hassan Rouhani mocked the White House after President Trump placed sanctions on Iran. (Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images)

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.”

The Daily Signal: Iran Says White House Is ‘Mentally Retarded’ After Learning of New Sanctions

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.

Listen: As Tensions Between Iran and US Rise, What You Need to Know

If the Iranians continue to escalate in their attacks against American interests, what do you think President Trump’s next move should be?

Comments (13)


NO MORE TOLERANCE! Iran attacks anything related to the US, DESTROY the source!!! DITTO for dems who block border security !!!

Tom Burdon - June 28, 2019

We must do our best to avoid a war.
What would it take to get the population of Iran to overthrow the mullahs? There has to be a way to inspire them.

Justino Vega - June 28, 2019

South America, Nicaragua, etc. Should consider statehood or United States offer these countries statehood status. Allow u.s companies to open businesses to these countries to provide jobs.

Robert Weichsel - June 28, 2019

Pres. Trump should, in my opinion, retaliate
with military force.

William Coates - June 28, 2019

It is not caring to kill people. One small fission. bomb detonated about 120 kilometers above central Iran will shut down their electrica! grid and electronics, except in the NW corner where Kurds !ive who oppose the Tehran regime. This gives the people a better opportunity to replace the mu!lahs, and take pride in freeing themselves. The EMP causes no injuries or destruction on the ground unless from falling aircraft. The Saudi NE coast and the Gulf emirates may feel effects. Just move our equipment out of the EMP zone.
Our missile subs should have 5 missiles reserved for use about 300 miles above China (2) and Russia (3) to take down their grids in case we have to change those regimes. Ordinary people can change those regimes too if there is not a ground war going on; food production will be top priority.

Geminiano Bulos - June 28, 2019

Pres. Trump was right to refer back to his book, The Art of a Deal when he used the main theme of the book “Fairness and Proportionate as his Foreign policy Rules of Engagement. As opposed to Obama’s “please, be absolutely sure you have to return fire before shooting.

Geminiano Bulos - June 29, 2019

We are in dire strait. It’s time for President Trump to come home and compel Congress to Classify the crisis at the border as an invasion. Send General Paton’s 3rd Army to repel the invasion with the quartermaster Corp taking the point. In conjunction with the Navy’s supply ships, hospital ships, Marine Personnel transport ships, utility barges, etc..etc..then declare Martial Law in Washington DC, cancel Dem’s stupid debate. Instead put them in a room together, make them come up with a solution to this crisis if they become president.

John Townsend, Sr. - June 29, 2019

In 1979 America betrayed the Shah, our friend in Iran, and allowed, our enemies, the Muslim clerics to take over, so it has been trouble ever since. Currently, the only solution is to let our military commanders take care of it; otherwise the problems will grow worse and worse.

Mae Elizabeth Dawson - June 29, 2019

Sooner or later, he’s going to have to smack them down and tell them to go to their room until they can behave.

Richard Page - July 1, 2019

I like the way all of you think-
Collins, Weichsel, Coates, Bulos.As for Iran, in 1979 a coworker who was x-Navy taped a big poster in the elevator which was very popular. It said “Nuke the Ayatollah”.
As for today’s Dems, Bulos, you are too kind. My solution is for POTUS to commandeer a fleet of barges, round up all the Libtard Dems and ship them to Guantanamo Bay for a tropical vacation.

Robert Hodges - July 6, 2019

The calculator I received was defective.

Robert S. Pelno - July 12, 2019

lets finish the job with Iran. Lets poor the full extent of the sanctions against them until they give in or the Iranian people revolt . A new leader of Iran will surface who their people want to lead them into a bright future.

John Crews - July 13, 2019

I think increased sanctions and patience along with moral support of Iranian citizens against their leadership could eventually cause a change for the better.
We have learned that any successful revolution must be led by a country’s own citizens.

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