“Rarely has a foreign country seemed so eager to get bombed by the United States as Iran does right now.
In its latest provocation, Iran seized a British-flagged tanker in the Strait of Hormuz on Friday. It wasn’t a subtle operation. Revolutionary Guard forces rappelled onto the tanker from a helicopter, and if you have any doubt, it was all captured on videotape.
The act raised the stakes in the regime’s confrontation with the West. After the last round, when the Iranians shot down a U.S. drone, President Trump ordered a retaliatory strike that he abruptly cancelled, citing his fears of disproportionate casualties. Our natural instinct would be to hit Iran hard for its depredations and to establish a deterrent against such attacks before they get worse. But in this case, Iran clearly wants to provoke a reaction, which suggests the administration’s more cautious, “rope-a-dope” approach may be the right one. …”
Why is this any of our business?
Iran isn’t a military threat to the United States. We only exported $425 million dollars worth of goods to Iran in 2018. To put this in perspective, our trade with Cambodia is about 9x larger.
Note: I don’t even have to tell you why this is our problem.