U.S. President Donald Trump has authorized a “moderate” bolstering of U.S. forces in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) following an attack on Saudi oil infrastructure that many in the administration have blamed on Iran.
The Pentagon said on September 20 that it has not decided on the specific units to be sent to the region and it did not specifically mention any potential military action against Iran.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the action was a response to requests from the Saudis and the U.A.E. to help improve their air and missile defenses. He said the troops’ mission would be “defensive in nature.”
“To prevent a further escalation, Saudi Arabia requested international support to help protect the kingdom’s critical infrastructure. The United Arab Emirates has also requested assistance.” Esper said.
The chief commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has vowed that Iran will pursue any aggressor, even if it carries out a limited attack, and seek to destroy it.
“Be careful, a limited aggression will not remain limited. We will pursue any aggressor,” the head of the IRGC, Major General Hossein Salami, said in remarks broadcast on state TV on September 21.
“We are after punishment and we will continue until the full destruction of any aggressor.”
His comments come a day after U.S. President Donald Trump authorized a “moderate” bolstering of U.S. forces in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E.) following the September 14 attack on Saudi oil infrastructure that many in the Trump administration blame on Iran.
We should not be involved with Saudi and we certainly should not send our military to do their dirty work.
Portions of this article were originally published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and is reprinted with permission.
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.