The Trump administration is sending a carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the Middle East to send a "clear and unmistakable message" in response to "a number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings." ...
"In response to a number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings, the United States is deploying the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a bomber task force to the U.S. Central Command region to send a clear and unmistakable message to the Iranian regime that any attack on United States interests or on those of our allies will be met with unrelenting force," [National Security Advisor John] Bolton said. "The United States is not seeking war with the Iranian regime, but we are fully prepared to respond to any attack, whether by proxy, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or regular Iranian forces."
The United States has not just militarily escalated its tensions with Iran, but has also economically escalated its efforts to isolate the world's number one state sponsor of Islamist terrorism. As The Daily Wire noted last month, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently announced that the U.S. would phase out and end all oil sanctions waivers doled out to countries that had been importing Iranian oil.
"Almost one year ago, after withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, President Trump implemented the strongest pressure campaign in history against the Islamic Republic of Iran," Pompeo explained. "The goal remains simple: to deprive the outlaw regime of the funds it has used to destabilize the Middle East for four decades and incentivize Iran to behave like a normal country."
Now, Iran is returning the saber-rattling. As The Times of Israel reports, the fanatical terrorist regime has now triumphantly vowed to "defeat the American-Zionist front":
Iran’s defense minister said Wednesday his country would defeat the US-Israel alliance in the region, amid rising tensions and fears of potential war between Iran and the US.
"We will defeat the American-Zionist front," Amir Hatami told a gathering of military intelligence officials on Wednesday, according to the official Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).
Iran’s military preparedness, Hatami said, was "at its highest point," despite "the most difficult conditions" imposed by US sanctions. "We will be the final victors" in the standoff, he insisted, and "will defeat the United States."
Top Iranian officials routinely vow to "annihilate" both Israel and the U.S. The Iranian regime foments, exports, funds, and sponsors all manners of jihadist chaos across the broader Islamic world, included but hardly limited to its Lebanon-based Hezbollah proxy and its Gaza Strip-based Palestinian Islamic Jihad proxy. Most recently, the Trump administration vowed to formally designate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a foreign terrorist organization.