Iran Beating the War Drums — How Does America Respond?

Written by Andrew Linn on February 10, 2014

Recently, Iran announced it was sending warships to the Atlantic Ocean. In fact, their warships were being sent close to America’s shores, in response to America having its naval forces close to Iranian shores.

So Iran all of the sudden feels threatened? After all, the United States has had its armed forces fairly close to Iran for quite some time.

Meanwhile, Iran plans to send its naval forces as far as Antarctica.

Just what are the Iranians’ intentions? Are their actions part of a training exercise? It is saber rattling? Is it a bluff in order to provoke an American response? Or are they trying to start a war?

If it is a training exercise, then why send the ships so far from home?

If the intention is saber rattling, then what does Iran hope to achieve? To force the United States to withdraw its fleet? That would be an unlikely scenario. To become a world power? After all, Iran is trying to be the dominant nation within the Middle East. And given Iran’s nuclear ambitions, we might wind up having a Cuban Missile Crisis II (with Venezuela taking the place of Cuba) or worse if the situation is not kept in check.

Perhaps it is a bluff- just to see how America reacts. After all, the Iranians abducted several British sailors in 2007, but released them soon afterwards. By doing so, Iran was basically taunting the British, hence they were asking “what are you going to do about it?” Given Obama’s disregard for national security, that might be the case.

But then again, maybe Iran is wanting war with the United States. Actually, they have been doing it for years. From the storming of the American Embassy in Tehran to sponsoring Hezbollah (e.g. the 1983 suicide bombing of the Marine barracks in Lebanon) Iran has been at war with America. Now, they seem to want an actual confrontation instead of using proxies.

Now the question remains: how will America react? Will the Obama Administration force Iran to back down, or will it take the same approach it is doing in regards to Iran’s nuclear program?

I heard that not too long ago China announced its plans to hold a series of war games in the Gulf of Mexico. Obama had no objections, but when Rick Perry found out, he threatened to mobilize the Texas National Guard, Home Guard, etc. to drive out the Chinese. As a result, Obama rescinded his permission to China.

In conclusion, such actions by Iran (and inaction by the Obama Administration) demonstrate the threat posed by Iran, as well as the lack of leadership we have in Washington, especially when it comes to national security. Strong leadership is needed in order to protect our nation. Because without strong leadership, then no one in America (or the world for that matter) will be safe.

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Andrew Linn
Andrew Linn is a member of the Owensboro Tea Party and a former Field Representative for the Media Research Center. An ex-Democrat, he became a Republican one week after the 2008 Presidential Election. He has an M.A. in history from the University of Louisville, where he became a member of the Phi Alpha Theta historical honors society. He has also contributed to and Right Impulse Media.