For years now, Iran has been a bit of a rabble-rouser in the Middle East, and the election of Donald Trump certainly hasn’t tempered their incendiary output.
In the olden days, all the way back in January of this year, Iran seemed fully ready to catch a beatdown at the hands of the American military. Not only had they been sticking their noses into all sorts of Middle Eastern oil business, but they prompted the US to assassinate one of their terror generals with a drone strike.
In retaliation, Iran sent 15 ballistic missiles toward sleeping American troops stationed in Iraq, but missed by just enough to have the world wonder if the Persian nation simply knew better than to actually strike their targets.
Amid the chaos, Iran did wind up downing a Ukrainian passenger jet, killing all 167 people on board.
Now, with Iran once again causing a scene, US President Donald Trump has stopped being Mr. Nice Guy.
President Donald Trump has ordered the US Navy to “shoot down and destroy” Iranian gunboats, should they harass American vessels at sea. His declaration comes after a confrontation in the Persian Gulf.
“I have instructed the United States Navy to shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships at sea,” the president tweeted on Wednesday morning.
A week earlier, the US Navy accused the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) of “dangerous and provocative” actions, claiming that nearly a dozen Iranian vessels buzzed a group of American ships in the Persian Gulf. The US Fifth Fleet later published video footage of the encounter, which showed the gunboats circling a larger US ship.
Now the only question left is whether or not the US Navy wants to waste their time or ammo on these halfwitted provocateurs.