Task and Purpose, Jeff Schogol
Security, Middle East
Is this possible?
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made clear on Monday that the Obama administration’s policy of détente toward Iran is dead.
Now that President Donald Trump has withdrawn from the Iran nuclear deal, the United States’ is finished offering the Iranian government carrots, according to the former CIA director. Instead, It’s time to bring out the stick.
“We will track down Iranian operatives and their Hezbollah proxies operating around the world and we will crush them,” Pompeo said at the Heritage Foundation think tank in Washington, his first public remarks since assuming the role of the country’s top dip “Iran will never again have carte blanche to dominate the Middle East.”
The U.S. government will “ensure freedom of navigation of the waters in the region,” Pompeo said, without specifically mentioning the Strait of Hormuz, where the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps has menaced U.S. warships in recent years.
Pompeo listed 12 demands that the United States has for Iran, including ending to Iranian military support to the Houthi in Yemen, withdrawing all Iranian forces in Syria; and respecting Iraq’s sovereignty and permitting the Iraqi government to disarm, demobilize, and reintegrate Shia militias.
“And I’d remind the leadership in Iran what President Trump said: If they restart their nuclear program, it will mean bigger problems – bigger problems than they’d ever had before,” Pompeo said.
Trump has ordered the U.S. government to create an international coalition to pressure Iran to abandon its support for terrorist groups and its development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, a State Department official told Task & Purpose.