U.S. Military Strikes Iranian Militia in Iraq and Northern Syria – Secretary Pompeo and Esper Briefing…

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mike Miley traveled to Mar-a-Lago today to brief President Trump on issues around the middle-east.  The three leaders also held a press briefing this evening about U.S. military strikes that took place earlier today.

At the beginning of his remarks Secretary Pompeo stated “we came to Florida today to brief the president on activities that have taken place in the Middle East over the course of the last 72 hours.” Additionally Pompeo said he would let Esper discuss “the military aspects but I wanted to put into context our policy with respect to the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

Secretary Pompeo: “The attack that took place against the Iraqi facility threatened American forces. This has been going on now for weeks and weeks and weeks. This wasn’t the first set of attacks against this particular Iraqi facility and others where there were American lives at risk. And today what we did is take a decisive response that makes clear what President Trump has said for months and months and months, which is that we will not stand for the Islamic Republic of Iran to take actions that put American men and women in jeopardy.”

“We will always honor that commitment to take decisive actions when that takes place. We continue to demand the Islamic Republic of Iran act in a way that is consistent with what I laid out back in May 2018, for what it is that we expect Iran to do so that it can rejoin the community of nations.”

Secretary Esper: “DoD took offensive actions in defense of our personnel and interests in Iraq by launching F-15 Strike Eagles against five targets associated with Kata’ib Hezbollah, which is an Iranian-sponsored Shiite militia group. The targets we attacked included three targets in Western Iraq and two targets in Eastern Syria, that were either command and control facilities or weapons caches for Kata’ib Hezbollah.”

“The strikes were successful. The pilots and aircraft returned back to base safely. I would add that in our discussion today with the president, we discussed with him other options that are available. And I would note also that we will take additional actions as necessary to ensure that we act in our own self-defense and we deter further bad behavior from militia groups or from Iran. Thank you.”

General Milley, in uniform, did not speak. The men left without taking questions. Hogan Gidley from the WH press office presided.  Reporting by David Martosko.

Personal and cynical note:  The absence of a visible President Trump on the issue is noted; neither is there a tweet or a citation for a comment therein.  Additionally, I wouldn’t trust that trio (Pompeo, Esper and Milley) as far as I could spit.

With strong indications that President Trump is working earnestly to remove U.S. troops from Afghanistan, the tail of the war machine is predisposed to wag the dog.

 

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232 Responses to U.S. Military Strikes Iranian Militia in Iraq and Northern Syria – Secretary Pompeo and Esper Briefing…

  1. Trent Telenko says:

    Sundance,

    I disagree with you for a whole lot of reasons.

    Iran plays the game of “Bullets or Gold.” It buys off or assassinates proxy group heads who do not obey. Iran is rather short of Gold at the moment, but it still has a lot of bullets and fanatics to use them.

    What Pres. Trump had those F-15E’s strike are the Iranian storage facilities for solid rocket fuel, GPS/Glosnass guided, Scud class missiles Iran wants to use on Israel at a moment’s notice.

    In essence, Trump was also playing a game of “Asymmetrical warfare” in taking away Iran’s most important, expensive, and now unaffordable to replace bullets, if Israel goes after Hezbollah in Lebanon.

    Those five warehouses likely had a half a billion dollars or more of Scud class missiles in them, judging from the reported secondary explosions. Not to mention they very likely had a whole lot of counterfeit US $100 bills and other less phony currency.

    This strike was a classic Trump strategy tree. He struck those warehouses with Israeli human intelligence and collected an IOU, took away Iran’s ability to play large scale mischief later, reassured the troops he had their collective back with Iran, and bled out more of Iran’s bribery income stream to the Deep State.

    And absolutely none of that Trump Strategy Tree will make it to any MSM article.

    What you should pay attention to is the Mullah’s making this wigged out admission against interest:

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/30/middleeast/iraq-us-airstrikes-reaction-intl/index.html

    Nutball regimes become more so under pressure.

    Judging from the Iranian Mullah’s public wigging out and saying the stuff in the warehouses belong to them. Pres. Trump’s “Asymmetric attack” on their “Cuban Missile Crisis in Iraq & Syria” represents an irreplaceable lost capital asset.

    And the Mullah’s have to come directly after the “Greater Satan” to retaliate, as Trump took all their “top end” missiles and drones in Iraq and Syria to deniably retaliate with. As in, there will be no Iranian repeat of the attack on Saudi Arabian refineries.

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  2. Major Rage says:

    The Chief of the JCS is named Mark Milley…….not Mike Miley.

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  3. Major Rage says:

    The Chairman of the JCS is named Mark Milley…….not Mike Miley.

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