When I was a young Captain stationed at Ft. Riley, KS, with the historic First Infantry Division, the “Big Red One,” our Division Commander was the impeccable General Gordon R. Sullivan. General Sullivan went on to become the Chief of Staff of the United States Army, and in civilian life President of the Association of the United States Army. General Sullivan restored a sense of “moxie” in the First Infantry Division, the nation’s oldest. Our Division motto was, “No mission too difficult. No sacrifice too great. Duty first!” But, it was General Sullivan’s motto for the Big Red One under his command that made us walk proudly, “If you wanna pick a fight, you came to the right place.” He had posters made of Big Red One Soldiers, camouflaged, bayonet fixed, ready.
And, so it was, when I heard about the stupid and insidious threat coming from Iranian leader Hasan Rouhani, that motto came to mind. I truly believe that Rouhani didn’t get the memo from Kim Jong Un advising him that the era of American weakness and acquiescence has ended. The era of Obama — strategic patience, leading from behind, flexibility, and “red lines” — is no more. You try to pick a fight with America, we respond concisely, succinctly, and resolutely with “bring it on!” Now, for the weak, timid souls of the progressive socialist left, and some others, they believe tough talk is provocative, they are wrong. It is weakness that is provocative, and encouraging to despots and dictators, bullies.
The enemies of the state, namely this time, the Iranians, just got a lesson in such.You try to pick a fight with America, we respond concisely, succinctly, and resolutely with 'bring it on!' Click To Tweet
As reported by Fox News:
“President Donald Trump has warned Iranian President Hassan Rouhani that he will face dire consequences for threatening the United States. Trump tweeted late on Sunday about the dangers to Iran of making hostile threats after Rouhani said Sunday “American must understand well that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace and war with Iran is the mother of all wars.” Trump responded with a tweet that warned: “NEVER EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKE OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE.” Within hours, Iranian state-owned news agency IRNA dismissed Trump’s tweet, describing it as a “passive reaction” to Rouhani’s remarks. The agency, a government mouthpiece, also said Monday that Trump’s comment was only mimicking and copying Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif who had in the past warned the West to “never threaten an Iranian.”
Trump earlier this year pulled the United States out of the international deal meant to prevent Tehran from developing a nuclear weapon and ordered increased American sanctions. Rouhani had warned Trump Sunday to stop “playing with the lion’s tail” and threatening Iran, “or else you will regret it.” Trump has suggested Iranian leaders are “going to call me and say ‘let’s make a deal'” but Iran has rejected talks. Rouhani has previously lashed out against Trump for threatening to re-impose the sanctions, as well as for moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem and banning travel to the U.S. from certain Muslim-majority countries. Trump’s tweet suggested he has little patience with the trading of hostile messages with Iran, using exceptionally strong language and writing an all-capitalized tweet. “WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!,” he wrote.”
To Iranian President Rouhani: 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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 23, 2018
In my assessment, the empty rhetorical threat from Iran represents a dying cry from a regime that is on the verge of collapse. If you carefully analyze the economic situation of Iran, you will see a Country in a free fall. Coupled with their dire economic situation, Iran is still seeking to be the major state sponsor of Islamic terrorism. The Iranians were under a misconceived perception that their nuclear deal with us — one they believed would guarantee economic growth — could not be altered. The Iranian nuclear deal was a unilateral executive action by President Obama, it was not a treaty ratified by our Constitutional process. This has the Iranians in a truly untenable position. Now we have President Trump putting pressure on European countries to cut off their economic support to Iran.
All of this is combined with domestic unrest, exposing the Iranian regime as weak, and vulnerable. Therefore, what does Iran do? Yes, issue a threat against the United States, which is delusional. But, the purpose behind Iran’s rant is to try and prove that they can still be belligerent, obtuse, and defiant as they internally realize their abject weakness.
Will Iran come to any table, such as North Korea? I do not think so. What is of concern is what will happen with those Islamic terrorist groups supported by Iran? They will need a new benefactor, and what could actually happen is a collapse of several major Islamic terrorist organizations: Hezbollah, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and the Houthi rebels of Yemen.
Now, I do not agree with foreign policy via Twitter, but these are different times, and these alternative methods have proven effective. We are on the cusp of seeing the Iranian regime collapse. And, if that were to happen, Vladimir Putin would have no ally in the Middle East. If that were to happen, there is no one with whom North Korea can share nuclear weapons and ballistic missile technology. If that were to happen, the major threats to the safety and security of Israel would potentially collapse.
There may be some who will cringe at President Trump’s response, not me. I previously wrote a piece about the language of dictators. They only comprehend, and respect, these things: strength, might, and, if necessary, force. That is why Barack Hussein Obama was the punk boy of Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea. This is indeed a different era in America. The progressive socialist left prefers the language of surrender, appeasement, and subjugation . . . and some in Europe enjoyed that as well. The message is clear, “if you wanna pick a fight, you came to the right place.”
By the way, there are many in our Armed Services who would like some payback to Iran for the explosive force penetrator IEDs they supplied to Islamic jihadists . . . and the embarrassing capture of our Riverine assault boats.
As we say in the military, “payback is a Medevac.”
During his 22 year career in the United States Army, Lieutenant Colonel West served in several combat zones and received many honors including a Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, one with Valor device, and a Valorous Unit Award.
In November of 2010, Allen was elected to the United States Congress, representing Florida’s 22nd District.
He is a Fox News Contributor, Director of the Booker T. Washington Initiative at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Senior Fellow at the Media Research Center, contributing columnist for Townhall.com, and author of Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Family, Faith and Freedom. His forthcoming book, Hold Texas, Hold the Nation: Victory or Death, is due fall 2018 from Brown Books Publishing Group.