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Republican Says ‘World Conflict III’ Discuss Should not Deter Strikes Inside Iran

Consultant Dan Crenshaw dismissed fears {that a} U.S. assault inside Iranian territory would spark “World Conflict III” within the Center East.

“The World Conflict III doomsdayers have at all times been mistaken,” stated Crenshaw, a Republican from Texas, whereas speaking with Fox Information’ Neil Cavuto Wednesday afternoon.

“They had been mistaken about Russia, they have been mistaken in regards to the Chilly Conflict, they have been mistaken about this, too,” the congressman continued.

The Context

President Joe Biden stated Tuesday that his administration has determined how Washington plans to answer a lethal airstrike on a U.S. base in Jordan over the weekend, which killed three navy personnel and injured dozens of others. The president stated that the strike was carried out by an Iranian-backed militant group, though Iran has denied involvement within the assault. Particulars of how the U.S. plans to react haven’t been shared with the general public.

Consultant Dan Crenshaw speaks to the media within the U.S. Capitol on October 20, 2023, in Washington, D.C. Crenshaw dismissed fears on Wednesday {that a} U.S. strike inside Iranian territory would spark a wider struggle…


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What We Know

Many Republican lawmakers have known as on Washington to answer the Jordan assault by hanging inside Iranian territory as a approach to deter additional assaults on U.S. troops stationed overseas. The Biden administration stated that it doesn’t need its response to escalate tensions within the Center East, which have been exacerbated in current months by the struggle between Israel and Palestinian militant group Hamas.

U.S. officers have stated that Iran-aligned militia teams have attacked American troops deployed within the area over 150 instances since Hamas’ assault of Israel on October 7, 2023, in keeping with a report from Reuters.

Views

Crenshaw advised Cavuto Wednesday that the U.S. has “hundreds” of choices at its disposal to answer the Jordan assault, however added that hanging inside Iran is “not out of the query.”

“Iran is a half-rate energy,” stated Crenshaw, who served within the U.S. Navy SEALs earlier than working for workplace. “They will discuss robust, they put out robust statements, they at all times have performed this. There may be nothing new below the solar right here.”

“They nonetheless know, behind closed doorways, what our capabilities are, and what they should know and must be extra apparent to them is that we’re prepared to make use of these capabilities in the event that they proceed to take these sorts of actions,” the congressman added.

Newsweek reached out to Crenshaw through electronic mail for additional remark Wednesday.

Democratic lawmakers have expressed help for Washington to reply in self-defense to the Jordan assault, though many have additionally cautioned on how far Biden’s response ought to go.

Democratic Senator Tim Kaine advised CNN Tuesday morning that the U.S. response to the airstrike may get “murky” in the event that they transcend navy actions that qualify as “self-defense.”

“A president at all times has the power to behave in self-defense and that definition of self-defense is considerably broad. So those that have attacked our troops, if he is aware of who they’re and believes they’re going to do it once more, the president can act to cease them, however past self-defense, it will get murky,” Kaine stated.

“There isn’t a present congressional authorization permitting struggle towards these Iranian-backed militia teams or Houthis in Yemen within the Purple Sea,” the senator added.

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