Iran warns against Israeli involvement in US-led mission in Persian Gulf

Iran warns against Israeli involvement in US-led mission in Persian Gulf

August 17, 2019 100 By Stanley Isaacs


TRUMP’S VISITS TO BOTH OF THOSE STATES. TOMORROW AT 11 A.M. EASTERN. LELAND: IRAN IS WARNING ISRAEL, SAYING THAT TEHRAN WOULD VIEW THE ACTION AS A, QUOTE, CLEAR THREAT AND RESERVING THE RIGHT TO TAKE ACTION. THIS COMES FOLLOWING REPORTS ISRAEL WAS GOING TO ASSIST THE U.S. TO PROTECT SHIPPING IN THE STRAIT WITH INTELLIGENCE. AND WITH THAT, WE BRING IN FORMER DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE IN THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, CURRENTLY WASHINGTON STRATEGY GROUP PRESIDENT JOEL RUBIN. GOOD TO SEE YOU, JOEL, THANKS. ALWAYS NICE TO KNOW WHERE THE IRANIANS STAND.>>WELL, THEY CERTAINLY STAND AGAINST ISRAEL, AND THERE’S NO DOUBT ABOUT THAT. AND IF ISRAEL’S GOING TO SUPPORT AMERICAN INTELLIGENCE-GATHERING — LELAND: WE KNOW THEY DO, THEY JUST SAID THE QUIET PART OUT LOUD. [LAUGHTER]>>WELL, YEAH, AND THAT’S ALWAYS BEEN BEHIND THE SCENES, AND NOW ISRAEL’S GETTING OVERT, BUT ISRAEL HAS THE RIGHT TO DO THAT, AND WE HAVE THE RIGHT AND RESPONSIBILITY TO GET THE MOST ACCURATE INFORMATION THAT WE CAN ABOUT SECURITY IN THE GULF. LELAND: WE HAVE NATIONAL SECURITY RIGHTS TO KEEP THE STRAIT OPEN.>>WE DO, AND RIGHT NOW OUR POLICY IS DRIVING US IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION. WE’RE SEEING A LOT MORE INCIDENTS AT SEA, AND IT’S A DANGEROUS MOMENT. THIS IS WHY CONGRESS RECENTLY AS WELL DID PASS A BILL THAT REQUIRED AUTHORIZATION FOR MILITARY FORCE BY THE U.S. AND 28 REPUBLICANS IN THE HOUSE SUPPORTING IT, AND THEY CALLED ON THE PRESIDENT FOR MILITARY AUTHORIZATION — LELAND: RIGHT. THIS AFTER THE IRANIAN SHUTDOWN. THE DRONE. AT SOME POINT THOUGH, IRAN — SAY WHAT YOU WANT ABOUT THEIR NUCLEAR FACILITIES, BUT THEY STILL HAVE THE BLOOD OF THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS ON THEIR HANDS. WHY IS CONFRONTING THEM AND TRYING TO CUT OFF THEIR ABILITY TO FUND HEZBOLLAH AND OTHERS A BAD THING?>>THERE’S NOTHING WRONG WITH TRYING TO CONFRONT IT, BUT YOU HAVE TO DO IT IN A SMART WAY, AND RIGHT NOW OUR POLICY MAY BE PUNISHING THEM ECONOMICALLY, WE’VE GOT MAXIMUM PRESSURE CAMPAIGN, BUT WE’RE NOT ACHIEVING ANYTHING AT THE TABLE, AND IRAN HAS THE ABILITY TO RESTART ITS NUCLEAR PROGRAM, AND IT PUTS US IN THIS POSITION OF, WELL, WHAT’S NEXT? DOES IT MEAN MILITARY STRIKES? LELAND: BUT THE LAST TIME, YOU KNOW, YOU THINK ABOUT THE LAST TIME THE IRANIANS REALLY GOT A PUNCH IN THE NOSE FROM THE UNITED STATES, PRESIDENT REAGAN IN THE 1980s. WE DIDN’T HEAR FROM THEM FOR A WHILE AGO A AFTER THAT, NUMBER ONE, AND NUMBER TWO, WE DID IT ALONE.>>THE 1980s, THAT’S ONE THING, BUT THE POLICY SEEMS TO BE ANGLING TOWARDS A REGIME CHANGE POLICY IN IRAN. WE ARE NOT LOOKING AT A POLICY WHERE WE’RE TRYING TO GET A DIPLOMATIC DEAL WITH IRAN — LELAND: WELL, YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT — THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION WAS KINGS OF THE REGIME CHANGE IN THE MIDDLE EAST. YOU GUYS THREW THEM ALL OUT.>>WHAT THERE WASN’T WAS A U.S. INVASION FORCE, THERE WASN’T AN AMERICAN MILITARY — LELAND: THERE WAS A HUGE MILITARY OPERATION –>>IN LIBYA, THERE WAS. LELAND: AND IN YEMEN.>>THAT WAS AN OPERATION THAT WAS SUPPORTED BY A VARIETY OF COUNTRIES IN THE ARAB WORLD AND IN THE ARAB LEAGUE, AND IT HAS TURNED OUT DISASTROUS BECAUSE WE PULLED I OUT OF INSURING — LELAND: WHAT YOU’RE SAYING IS THAT THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION POLICIES DIDN’T WORK, THEREFORE, THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION POLICY ON IRAN SHOULD BE TRUSTED BECAUSE THAT WAS THE RIGHT ONE?>>NO. WHAT I’M GETTING AT IS REGIME CHANGE OVERALL IS DANGEROUS, AND IT PUTS YOU IN A BOD POSITION. — BAD POSITION. WHAT WE’RE LOOKING AT WITH IRAN AND THE DIPLOMATIC DEAL WE HAD IN THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION WAS AVOIDING ALL OF THAT. LELAND: SO YOU AGREE PARTS OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION POLICY WAS DISASTROUS –>>NOBODY’S ONLY NIP TENT. OMNIPOTENT. THE DANGER HERE WITH IRAN RIGHT NOW IS THAT WE ARE HEADING INTO A MILITARY CONFRONTATION WITH IRAN, AND THAT IS — LELAND: AT LEAST SO FAR THE PRESIDENT’S HELD OUT ON THAT.