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Jewish Link Mexico and Israel – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo states that the elimination of Qassem Soleimani is part of a “bigger strategy” to deter US enemies, the Arutz Sheva site reported.
“The selective assassination of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani was more than a simple reprisal by the United States following attacks on US assets in the region. It is part of a larger strategy to deter the Islamic Republic, ”he said during an intervention at the Hoover Institute in Standford.
“There is no terrorist, except Osama Bin Laden, who had more American blood on his hands than Qassem Soleimani. He killed 600 of our American patriots. I met some of these young people, ”he emphasized.
“Soleimani was behind the most recent attacks against our forces in Iraq, including a rocket attack by pro-Iranian militias against a base that houses US forces in December, and the subsequent assault on the US embassy in Baghdad. “
“The importance of deterrence is not limited to Iran,” Pompeo said. “In all cases, we must deter enemies to defend freedom. That is the objective of President Trump’s work to make our army the strongest he has been. ”
“I want to expose this in the context of what we have tried to do. There is a bigger strategy for this, ”he said. “President Trump and those of us who are part of his national security team are restoring the real deterrents against the Islamic Republic.”
“In strategic terms, this simply means persuading the other party that the costs of a specific behavior outweigh its benefits. That requires credibility – in fact, it depends on it. Your adversary must understand that not only do you have the ability to impose costs, but in fact you are willing to do so. ”
“Let’s be honest. For decades, the American governments of both political parties never did enough against Iran to get the necessary deterrence in order to keep us all safe, ”he said.
“The nuclear agreement made things worse. It allowed that regime to create wealth. He opened sources of income for the Ayatollahs to create Shiite militias – the same networks that killed an American imposed a huge risk on our embassy in Baghdad.”
As examples of deterrence policy, Pompeo noted that the US He has resumed military aid to Ukraine against the separatists supported by Russia, mentioned Trump’s withdrawal of a gun control agreement with Moscow and the test of a new medium-range cruise missile, according to The Jerusalem Post site.
He also noted the increase in US naval exercises in the South China Sea in response to the militarization of the disputed islands by China and the imposition of tariffs on Chinese imports as aspects of the deterrent strategy of the administration of Trump.
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