Iran Threatens 'Mother of All Wars,' Trump Tweet Responds in Kind
In the wee hours of Monday morning, President Donald Trump delivered a forceful Twitter warning to Iran's President Hassan Rouhani. While the media and Democrats used this tweet to suggest Trump was unhinged and dangerous, this response was far from unprovoked. Tensions with Iran have been high, in light of the country's repressed uprising this past winter, new revelations about the Iran deal, and continued pressure over the country's terrorist funding.
On Sunday, Rouhani addressed the U.S. president at a gathering of Iranian diplomats. "Mr. Trump, don't play with the lion's tail, this would lead only to regret," Iran's president said. "America should know that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace, and war with Iran is the mother of all wars."
Reporting on these remarks, Reuters insisted that Rouhani was "leaving open the possibility of peace between the two countries." That's not the normal way to characterize such a full-throated threat. "War with Iran is the mother of all wars" doesn't sound like the kind of statement Rouhani would give if he were offering an olive branch.
The conflict between Iran and the U.S. traces back to the 1979 Islamic Revolution, but Obama attempted to paper over the country's problems with the Iran deal. Not only did Obama lie about the deal to the American public, but last month it came to light that he had offered their government access to U.S. financial markets in a clandestine agreement.
Trump wisely backed out of this deal, and protests broke out across Iran this past winter. The U.S. president supported the protests, saying "the people of Iran are finally acting against the brutal and corrupt Iranian regime." He tweeted "TIME FOR CHANGE!" The U.S. has stopped short of regime change, but firmly condemned Iran's government.
In light of this, Rouhani threatening "the mother of all wars" seems more than mere words. Trump shot back with a powerful declaration.
"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," Trump tweeted. "WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!"