A national defense analyst and Pentagon advisor is calling on President Donald Trump to confront the Iranian menace – which he asserts is much worse than the rogue regime in North Korea.
In October, Trump announced that he would not recertify Iran's compliance with the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action – also known as the Iran nuclear deal orchestrated by then Secretary of State John Kerry and former President Barack Obama.
Trump gave Congress 60 days to punish Iran for the regime's ongoing misbehavior and to strengthen the failing Iran agreement before he must decide to re-impose sanctions.
Family Research Council (FRC) Senior Fellow for National Security Bob Maginnis warned that time is almost up, and so far, America's efforts to encourage Iran's compliance has failed.
"You are going to continue to see the Iranians extend what I call the Shia Crescent from Tehran through Iraq, through Syria and Lebanon,” Maginnis pointed out. “And they've been rather successful. So we now have what I would consider a Shia Crescent come to fruition."
Maginnis also believes that it is far more likely that the United States might have to intervene against Iran than North Korea.
"I suspect that the probability of confrontation will continue to be high with Iran – not to diminish the threat posed by North Korea,” the national security expert noted. “But I think that North Korea – in spite of their ICBM launches and the like – is probably more manageable, whereas the Iranian threat is more probable, I think, long-range."
Maginnis maintains that eventually – if Tehran isn't contained – it will dominate much of the region and acquire nuclear weapons to threaten not only Israel and Saudi Arabia, but also Western Europe and the United States. He insists that Trump must decertify Iran.
Possible EMP attack not taken lightly
A national defense analyst and former Reagan Defense Department official warned that the U.S. remains very vulnerable to an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack from North Korea.
Recently, the Atlanta airport was shut down for 10 hours by an electrical fire that affected millions of travelers across the country. And just three months after Hurricane Maria, parts of Puerto Rico are still without power.
Frank Gaffney – who served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security during the Reagan Administration and now runs the Center for Security Policy in Washington, DC – says that those two illustrations point out the importance of securing the country's electrical grid. The website Stopemp.org provides details.
Gaffney stressed that the North Koreans have explicitly threatened to use an EMP weapon to destroy America’s electrical grid.
"If that electromagnetic pulse option is available to them, it could be devastating in our country,” Gaffney pointed out. “Imagine your life without electricity for a couple months – let alone possibly years. You may not have a life – I the truth of the matter be known – so it's not something to be undertaken lightly, and what I've been arguing for is not going to military war with North Korea, but it may have to be done as messy as it will be."
Gaffney impressed that an EMP attack could be launched by short-range missiles.
"By putting them on a tramp steamer and sailing in near our shores, it's entirely possible that two satellites that they have orbiting the United States and the rest of the planet could do just that – and [North Korea] may be equipped to do it even as we speak," he alerted Americans.
Gaffney also impressed that an EMP attack against the U.S. would be a catastrophe that would make Atlanta's and Puerto Rico's afflictions pale by comparison. Another website, Securefreedom.org discuses measures to ensure that such rogue nations as North Korea and Iran will not infringe on the freedom of Americans.