The latest Pentagon report on Iran-backed groups should be a wake-up call for Americans who care about national security. Iran’s regional strategy, using proxies and carve-outs, is continuing to cause havoc in the Middle East.
The Biden administration’s response has been woefully inadequate, and it is time for the president to change course. President Biden’s recent retaliatory airstrikes in Syria, reportedly killing eight Iranians, were a good start.
But they were reactive and not a long-term solution. U.S. intelligence assessed that the drone that crashed into a coalition base, killing a U.S. contractor, was of Iranian origin.
Biden authorized the military to retaliate, but such a response is not enough. Iran is emboldened and will continue to attack U.S. positions, using drones and rockets.
Pulling punches in Iraq and doubling down in Syria is unlikely to change Iran’s regional calculus.
The Biden administration must take a tougher stance against Iran-backed attacks, be they in Syria or Iraq or emanating from one domain but striking the other.
Republican Rep. Andy Barr of Kentucky, who serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said it best: “Weakness invites aggression.”
The Biden administration’s proposed sanctions relief to Iran would actually embolden proxy terror groups and help Iran finance the very terrorists who attacked our assets and American soldiers.
U.S. policymakers must make sure that deployed troops have adequate air defense coverage to deny and defeat the persistent rocket and drone threat.
Failure to do so will only lead to more deaths. It’s past time for Congress to recognize that the lack of diplomatic progress, not the lack of sanctions, is leaving us vulnerable and insecure.
Until that changes, we will only continue to see escalating threats and increasing prospects for what would be a devastating war.