• Warning to Terrorists: President Addresses Nation in Aftermath of Iran’s Counterstrike

    Surge Summary: The morning after Iran launched missiles at U.S. facilities in Iran, President Trumpet addressed the nation, reiterating warnings to Iran, further explaining the drone attack on Iranian terror-master Qassem Soleimani and offering a word of encouragement to the Iranian people.

    by Gary Bauer

    President Trump addressed the nation this morning from the White House Grand Foyer, flanked by Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and the top commanders of the U.S. Armed Forces.  That imagery was an unmistakable message to the leadership in Tehran.

    The president began his remarks by stating that “Iran will never be allowed to have a nuclear weapon,” and that there were no U.S. casualties as a result of last night’s attack.

    He noted that Iran has been a destructive and destabilizing force in the Middle East since 1979, and that the regime’s belligerent behavior got worse, not better, after the terrible 2015 nuclear deal.

    The president also repeated a statement I have often made, which is that U.S. taxpayers likely subsidized the very weapons Iran just fired at our troops.

    President Trump reiterated the justification for taking out General Qassem Soleimani, saying his hands were “drenched in both American and Iranian blood,” and he announced new sanctions against Iran.

    He also urged NATO to become more involved in the Middle East, stressing that U.S. energy independence has significantly changed our options.  Europe is far more dependent on Middle East energy than we are.  It is time for our European allies to step up for their own good, instead of whining about what we are not doing for them.

    The president concluded his statement by warning the tyrants of Tehran, “Your campaign of terror, murder and mayhem will not be tolerated any longer.”

    He also extended an invitation to the people of Iran, saying, “We want you to have a great future of prosperity at home and harmony with the nations of the world.  The United States is ready to embrace peace with all who seek it.”

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    Image: Screen Shot; CBS News; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDUQwBOIQoQ

    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.

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