In a move that is very Reaganesc in nature, Trump has turned to the navy and told them after multiple accounts of Iranian ships challenging and harassing American ships in open water.
In his press briefings, he said yesterday he heard of an attack being planned by Iran or its allies, said he views no difference if Iran or its partners attack us, laid the line in the sand, unlike with Obama, this red line is not going to move.
The encounter happened last week. Six U.S. Navy warships were conducting drills with U.S. Army Apache attack helicopters in international waters off Iran last Wednesday when they were repeatedly harassed by 11 Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Navy vessels, the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet reported.
The Iranian ships repeatedly crossed in front and behind the U.S. vessels at extremely close range and high speeds, including multiple crossings of one ship, the Puller, with a 50-yard closest point of approach and within 10 yards of another ship, the Maui’s, bow, a 5th Fleet statement said.
Also, earlier this month, the president sent a stark warning to Iran, after claiming that Iran was planning a “sneak attack” on U.S. troops in Iraq.
“Upon information and belief, Iran or its proxies are planning a sneak attack on U.S. troops and/or assets in Iraq. If this happens, Iran will pay a very heavy price, indeed!” Trump tweeted.
The Navy also reported that the USS Paul Hamilton, USS Firebolt, USS Sirocco, and USCGC Wrangell, as well as the Puller and Maui, were involved in the exercises.
The U.S. crews responded by issuing multiple warnings via radio–including five short blasts from the ships’ horns and long-grange acoustic noise maker devices but received no response from the IRGCN, the Navy’s 5th Fleet said in a statement.
After approximately an hour, the Iranian vessels responded to the radio queries, before maneuvering away from the U.S. ships and increasing the distance between them, according to the Navy.
Iran, like many of the nations in that region, sees a lack of reaction as a sign of weakness, by letting Iran know what the consequence is, Trump is now dealing with them from a position of strength. Regardless what the leftist pundits are trying to tell us, this should go a long way to relieve the tension, Iran knows where the line is drawn, they also know that Trump does not move the line.