Barack Obama’s greatest foreign policy failure could produce Donald Trump’s first major test. As the Jerusalem Post reports:
“Only seven minutes is needed for the Iranian missile to hit Tel Aviv,” senior member of the Iranian parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Commission and former Revolutionary Guard official, Majtaba Zonour, told semi-official Fars News Agency Saturday.
His comments follow days of heated exchanges between US and Iranian officials.
Tensions between Washington and Tehran have intensified after the Trump administration announced new sanctions targeting Iran’s ballistic-missile program.
The US issued the new penalties in response to several Iranian missile launches that international powers say are in violation of Iran’s obligations.
President Obama took a conciliatory tone with Iran. President Trump? Not so much:
Iran is playing with fire – they don’t appreciate how “kind” President Obama was to them. Not me!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 3, 2017
What would a harder line with Iran look like? As the Free Beacon’s Adam Kredo reports, Rep. Duncan Hunter is backing a plan to build a new anti ballistic missile system in the Middle East, and Congressional Republicans and administration officials are coming together to craft a new sanctions plan.
One thing is certain: There will be no more shipments of gold headed to Tehran. There’s a new sheriff in town.