Only a couple of months after President Trump pulled the United States out of the disastrous Iran nuclear deal and only a couple of weeks after his administrations snapped economic sanctions back into place, the Islamic Republic of Iran is back to their old tricks. Having gone more than a year without test-firing any ballistic missiles, Tehran reportedly launched a Fateh-110 short-range missile in a 100-mile trajectory over the Strait of Hormuz. The launch, which is in defiance of international resolutions, can only be seen as a direct challenge to President Trump’s authority and the United States’ willingness to do something about the biggest problem in the Middle East.
Iran may wish they had left this particular rocket unlaunched.
From Fox News, who spoke to U.S. officials confirming the test:
For the first time in more than a year, Iran test-fired a ballistic missile in a brazen display of defiance months after President Trump pulled the United States out of a landmark nuclear deal and days before his administration slapped new sanctions on the Islamic Republic, three U.S. officials with knowledge of the launch tell Fox News.
The test of an Iranian Fateh-110 short-range ballistic missile coincided with a large-scale naval exercise by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard forces late last week involving over 50 small gunboats in the Strait of Hormuz to rehearse “swarm” tactics which could one day potentially shut down the vital waterway, through which 30 percent of the world’s oil passes each year.
While the U.S. military publicly acknowledged the naval activity, the missile test from an Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps base in Bandar-e-Jask in southeastern Iran has not been previously reported. The launch was detected by U.S. spy satellites.
This test launch aside, Iran has been remarkably quiet when it comes to playing military footsie with the Trump regime. Even while engaged in negotiations with the gullible and feckless Obama administration, Tehran took delight in seizing U.S. Navy ships, launching ballistic missiles, and engaging in various other conflict-laden mischief just to prove they could get away with it. They have notably toned it down since Donald Trump took office, and you don’t have to wonder why. Trump campaigned against the Iran deal from the moment he launched his bid for the presidency, and while he has been a fierce critic of needless foreign war, the Iranians know damn well he is not a man to be trifled with.
Our best guess says this latest missile launch was a show for the hardliners and a demonstration of strength for a citizenry that is growing extremely restless. But if the Iranians think they can draw Trump to the negotiating table with threats and saber-rattling, they may have another thing coming.
Like, say, a Patriot missile or two.