The United States is restoring deterrence!

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.

About Frank Gaffney, Jr.

Frank Gaffney is the Founder and Executive Chairman of the Center for Security Policy in Washington, D.C. Under Mr. Gaffney's leadership, the Center has been nationally and internationally recognized as a resource for timely, informed and penetrating analyses of foreign and defense policy matters. Mr. Gaffney formerly acted as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy during the Reagan Administration, following four years of service as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy. Previously, he was a professional staff member on the Senate Armed Services Committee under the chairmanship of the late Senator John Tower, and a national security legislative aide to the late Senator Henry M. Jackson.