In an interview with Fox News this morning, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said that our current goal in the Middle East is to deter Iranian bad behavior, and to get them to “behave like a normal country”. He expanded, saying that this means:
- Ending their nuclear program.
- Ending their long range ballistic missile program.
- The stopping of hostage taking.
- Ending their malign behavior, which includes: Inspiring terrorist groups, resourcing and directing them, all the way from Africa, across the middle east, and into Afghanistan.
Esper added that options for fulfilling this mission would include pre-emptive measures.
The announcement comes two days after Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard warned (via Twitter) that President Trump’s foreign policy is taking us deeper into “mid-east quagmire”.
“The problems created by Trump’s impulsive, erratic military action/foreign policy are again on display, this time in Iraq. Trump’s military strike against Iranian militia was impulsive, short-sighted, and lacked strategic purpose. It has led to our embassy being besieged and undermined our relationship with the Iraqi government and people. Serving the interests of Saudi Arabia and Jihadists like AQ, Trump is taking us deeper and deeper into mid-east quagmire. As president, I will end our servitude to Saudi/AQ and will provide the experience & sober, thoughtful, strategic leadership to the job of commander-in-chief that our country so badly needs.” — Tulsi Gabbard
Tulsi has long criticized President Trump for behaving like “Saudi Arabia’s bitch”, and a recent PBS investigation revealed that Trump and Mohammed bin Salman struck a deal in early 2017, for the US to help Saudi Arabia defeat Iran.