The actions Iran just took put the United States in the crosshairs of an international incident which could tip the scales of peace and leave the United States in a bloody mess.
On Sunday, Iran fired warning shots right across the bow of the US military. Our only choice was to respond.
A U.S. destroyer off the coast of Yemen in the Red Sea was targeted by two missiles fired from territory controlled by Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, officials said late Sunday.
Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said at approximately 7 p.m. on Sunday, the USS Mason detected two inbound missiles over a 60-minute period, with both missiles hitting the water.
“We assess the missiles were launched from Houthi-controlled territory in Yemen,” Davis said in a statement.
A defense official speaking on the condition of anonymity said the USS Mason employed “defensive measures” in the first instance, but it is not clear whether it caused the incoming missile to hit the water or whether it would have done so anyway.
The official did not want to name the defensive system used “for security reasons.”
The official also cited operational safety concerns — keeping U.S. forces and operations safe — in not wanting to clarify how close U.S. forces were operating to the Yemeni coast.
The official said the USS Mason was operating in international waters, meaning at least 12 nautical miles off the coast, and was in the southern end of the Red Sea, near Yemen, but north of the Bab el-Mandeb Strait.
The official did not want to clarify how close the missiles got to the ship, also for operational security reasons.
“The incident is under investigation, and we hope to have more details for you in the coming days. We take this very seriously. We will protect our people,” the official said.
The U.S. is participating in a Saudi-led Arab coalition backing the government of Yemen against Houthi rebels.
Some lawmakers have called for the U.S. to stop its assistance to the coalition immediately. The U.S. has provided intelligence and logistical support since the coalition began its offensive in March 2015.
The Houthis overran Sanaa in September 2014, ousting President Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi Mansour.
On Saturday, a Saudi-led airstrike targeted a funeral in Yemen’s capital of Sanaa, killing over 140 people and wounded 525, according to The Associated Press. The Saudi government sent a letter to the United Nations Security Council expressing “deep regret” and promised an investigation.
To be a superpower, the USA has to respond with force. But if we get pulled into another war our country can’t afford, it could push us over the brink of bankruptcy.
And you know what that means- economic collapse, a breakdown of society, and a period of time where civility is no longer the law of the land.
If the USA gets roped into a war with Iran, with nukes and EMP now being the weapons of choice, how would you respond? Let us know in the comments below.