Yesterday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the United States has embarked upon a vital mission vis a vis Iran and other actual and prospective enemies: We are in the business of restoring deterrence.
By eliminating the world’s top terrorist, Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, the Trump administration has not only removed from the battlefield one of our most dangerous adversaries. It has changed the calculus upon which the mullahs have attacked our forces, diplomatic personnel and others with impunity.
While the President’s critics generally fail to appreciate this benefit from Soleimani’s liquidation, it seems the people of Iran have gotten the message. They have courageously returned to the streets to support his killing and denounce their regime. As they are the best hope for an enduring peace with Iran, we must continue supporting them – through restoring deterrence and otherwise.
This is Frank Gaffney.