March 31, 2024

The US must use force to retaliate against Iran

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by Susanna Hoffman, Digital Communications Manager

To prevent a total collapse of the Middle East, the US must demonstrate its willingness to use force on the Iranian regime in response to Iranian-sponsored violence.

The Biden administration released a $10 billion sanctions waiver for the Iranian regime on March 13 in a dramatic shift from its exchange with Iranian proxies less than two months ago.

On January 28, Iranian-backed Iraqi Shia militias launched a drone strike in northeast Jordan, killing three US troops and injuring 34 others. The US retaliated on February 3, striking upwards of 85 Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and Iranian proxy militia targets across western Iraq and eastern Syria.

Though the reissued waiver includes threats of G7 sanctions if Iran continues supplying Russia with ballistic missiles, the White House’s conflicting policy with Iran points to its fundamental misunderstanding of the Iranian threat.