NEW: Defense Sec. Lloyd Austin tells @MarthaRaddatz the U.S. is still assessing who carried out recent rocket attack on base in Iraq housing U.S. troops—and that if the U.S. decides to respond, it will be "at a time and place of our own choosing." https://t.co/dp6TAdiT33 pic.twitter.com/UPoDIhgOT1
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This nigga be like “we just gonna do what we do, and y’all best not be gettin’ in our way.”
US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin won’t say who was behind a recent rocket attack on an American airbase in Iraq, but his eyes are on Iran, and he says the US will strike again “at a time and place of our own choosing.”
At least 10 missiles rained down on the Ain al-Asad airbase in the Iraqi province of Anbar on Wednesday, killing one US civilian contractor on the coalition base. The attack came after President Joe Biden ordered an airstrike on Iranian-backed militia targets in Syria – which was similarly said to be a response to a previous rocket attack on US targets in Iraq.
Iran’s level of control over the Shiite militias apparently responsible for the attacks is unclear, but the Pentagon is weighing its response to the latest attack with Tehran in mind, Austin told ABC News in an interview released on Sunday.
“You can expect that we will always hold people accountable for their acts,” Austin said, adding that should the US respond with force, it will do so “at a time and place of our own choosing.”
Iran, he said, should bear in mind that the US is “going to defend our troops,” adding that the Islamic Republic should “choose to do the right things.”
The people bombing the bases are almost certainly controlled by the CIA and not Iran. Iran really has no specific reason to send useless Chinese firecrackers at US bases.
The US contractor who died in Iraq died not of an explosion, but of a heart attack. Probably, the sound of the alarm and trying to rush to safety is what caused it. I’ve talked to a lot of people who have worked at these bases, and if these firecrackers go off, they basically do a fire drill.
Of course, as I’ve often mused, Iran’s rhetoric doesn’t help the situation at all.
Tehran has accused the US of strengthening terrorism in the region by attacking the Shiite militias, who are opposed to Sunni extremist groups like Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS). “The attack on anti-terrorist resistance forces is the beginning of a new round of organized terrorism,” Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, said late last month, adding that Iran would “confront the US plan to revive terrorism in the region.”
Since taking office, Biden has shown no intention of pulling US troops out of Iraq, despite promising a withdrawal more than a decade ago as vice president. While former president Donald Trump oversaw the transfer of a number of US bases to Iraqi authorities and roughly halved the number of troops in Iraq, some 2,500 still remain, with the Iraqi parliament opposed to their presence.
People keep saying “why are the troops there,” but the reason is obvious: they are there to get hit by rockets, which then justifies bombing the country.
The United States has already set up an intricate puppet government that they totally control using their democracy scam. There is no reason these troops would be there, other than as an “in” to escalate tensions.
While he did manage to cut funding for ISIS, Donald Trump proved completely incapable of getting the troops out. He kept telling the Pentagon to pull them out and they just said “no.”
Joe Biden was vaguely sold as Obama II, and people should have understood the implications. Obama was widely considered, by everyone on the far left, to be a worse war president than George W. Bush.
I mean – look at the thing with Libya. This was a nice country as Arab countries go, everything was fine there, then all of a sudden Barack and Hillary just decided to start bombing the hell out of the place, for no clear reason. They claimed that there were a lot of protesters, and so to support democracy, they were bombing the government. It was actually just about as insane as anything happening today, frankly. It just didn’t affect our lives nearly as much.
What is going to affect our lives is if the Biden People start a proxy war with Russia in Syria.