Iran now effectively has political and military control of four countries: Afghanistan, Lebanon, Syria and Yemen, emboldened by the signing, and then the weak enforcement of the Iran Nuclear Deal. Iran’s Quds Force has successfully trained, equipped and funded its previously beleaguered terror proxies in Hezbollah and Hamas. Within 18-36 months, Iran will be able to hit our allies in the Middle East and Europe with nuclear-armed missiles. For the past 10 years, Iran has been on the march and the West has been on the run.
Even so, Iran faces some challenges, namely a failing currency and difficulty thwarting attacks by Israel, The Gulf Cooperation Council and the US and our NATO allies against their numerous bases inside Syria.
Iran’s goals and aspirations are clear. It’s also clear that they have the means and internal political capital to achieve those goals. If we have learned one thing from our experience with North Korea, it’s that when rogue nations tell us what they plan to do, we should take them at their word.
In the latest strikes against Syria, the world watched as Syrian air-defense systems were utterly obliterated; worthless against 21st century American technology. This tells us something about what would happen during an American shock and awe campaign against Iran. A ground-war with Iran will only happen as a result of an air-war that should have happened years earlier. Now, more than ever, American has a unique opportunity to set the record straight about who’s in charge of the Middle East.
The goal of strikes against Iran should be to topple the regime and strike a long lasting blow against Iran’s nuclear capabilities, not to occupy the country or engage in a nation-building charm offensive.