We're Losing the War and We're Paying for It

When the No Deal Deal was made with Iran, I said it was easy to understand:  the Iranians would promise to be good, and we would pay for it.  In the event, I was only half right.  We are indeed paying for it, but the Iranians haven’t even pretended to be good.  In fact, they are attacking us.in Yemen, as Steve Bryen and retired Admiral Norman Saunders argue convincingly here:

It is, for Iran, a double or triple proxy war. It is a war against Sunni infidels epitomized by the Arab Gulf states, particularly Saudi Arabia. The Houthis are Sh'ia, not Sunni, and so are the Iranians. It is a war to take control of Yemen and with it control over the entrance to both the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf. And it is a war against the all-around infidel, the United States and its allies.

From the Iranian point of view, and certainly that of the Revolutionary Guard, it is the United States that is blocking Iran from controlling the Persian Gulf and Red Sea commerce. In regard to Yemen and the coastline and Bab el-Mandab straits, the U.S. has been absolutely clear that the U.S. Navy mission is to keep them open for international shipping.

Thus the two or possibly three subsequent events, the firing of anti-ship missiles aimed at the USS Mason and USS Ponce, represents a qualitative escalation in the competition between the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and the U.S. Navy. The Houthis were quick to say that while they took credit for the Swift attack they did not attack the U.S. warships.

In keeping with Obama’s strategic alliance with Iran, U.S. government spokesthings have carefully avoided any suggestion that Tehran is lobbing missiles at our Navy, blaming their proxies, the Houthis.  And our “response” –attacking some obsolete radar systems—reminds me of Bill Clinton’s bombing of an Afghan aspirin factory in the middle of the night, pretending it was a brave attack on al Qaeda.

And still nobody resigns in protest against Obama’s strategic alliance with the Iranian regime.