Speaking at the Reagan Library last night, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo put the Iranian regime on notice for its support of terrorism, its oppression against the Iranian people and its belligerent activities throughout the Middle East.
While Secretary Pompeo made many excellent points, I was pleased by his realistic appraisal of the political leadership in Iran. The Obama Administration sold its nuclear deal with Iran in part on the expectation that such outreach would strengthen the hand of “moderates” in the regime.
It did not. In fact, Iran’s behavior only got worse after the deal was signed. For example, Iran quadrupled its support for Hezbollah after the deal took effect.
In his remarks last night, Secretary Pompeo referred to the notion of moderates within the Iranian leadership as “unicorns,” adding the ayatollah’s front men, President Rouhani and Foreign Minister Zarif, were really “wolves in sheep’s clothing.”
If there was doubt about that, President Rouhani clarified it for us. Last night he threatened America with “the mother of all wars.”
President Trump hit back with an emphatic tweet last night:
“NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!”
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