Iran, Middle East, President Trump discussed on Michael Medved
Flood on Dan. Do you get intros like that on any other shows? No. In fact, I think I need to start talking to Fox News about the up in the game a little bit too that in dividing. You get me out of radio off the words with shown. He is just come out of the Fox News studios. He was outnumbered. Funnel him right now. He's a great, man. We were in Singapore together for the president summit with little Kim rocket man, he is Daniel Hoffman DC, Fox News contributor, former head of the Middle East department of the CIA, and as I said from chief of station in Moscow, and now nominated to the president's intelligence advisory board, it doesn't get much more impressive than that. Dan. Welcome to America. I it's been too long since we last spoke we had a lot of fun in Singapore. You've been commenting on what's going on in Iran for those of our listeners we coast to coast while the three hundred stations affiliates YouTube you name it for those conservatives. Who listen to America? I support the president who are worried they think that, you know, the Neo cons have captured the president, and there's going to be a wool. What would you say to them? And why why is the deployment of the USS Lincoln such an important not not interventionist but important move by the commander in chief? Right. This is gonna sound a little bit counter intuitive. But we needed to deliver a strong message to Iran that we will respond to the threat that they are delivering to us on a daily basis, and we didn't do that. We would be more risk at with of an attack. If you look at what Iran has been doing they are threatening. If they don't receive if we don't lighten up on the sanctions, they're saying that they're going to enrich uranium to weapons grade levels. They're threatening the Europeans that they will help collaborations on stemming the flow of migrants and legal drugs from the Middle East. And we also have credible intelligence that they are threatening us with kinetic action in the Persian Gulf and the region and the Middle East. And so we needed to respond was reportedly a meeting last week led by secretary of defense Hannah hand about sending a hundred and twenty thousand troops to Iraq to the region if needed and again, the department of defense, I can tell you I served thirty years in the government what they do is they go to use. Daniel did you start when you're ten years old? Wish you don't look at man you wear it. Well, I need to know whether it was a CIA disguised department that helps you because you do not like you were you work. Thirty is sorry carry on. Now. I'll tell you my life used to do a little bit of that work. And so some people do think that maybe she helps me out just a little younger inch. Talented woman. Yeah. The Iranians have delivered the very credible threats, and what we have done in and said, look, this is a red line. You you start to build out your nuclear program or you attack us with your proxy or in the Persian Gulf from the CD running revolutionary guard corps could force. We're going to respond, and it's going to be regime suicide, but he Irani if you attack us, so that's what's going on the administration has responded. Exactly, right. We we help heard their threats and made it clear that if they do anything to target our interests, we will respond and in kind, and that's really the way stave off attack Irani. And if we had responded so strong attic, we would be more at risk done. What you said, it's counter intuitive. But but really for those who have any sense of history. This is this is what America has done prior to you know, Obama enough is this the adage of walk softly, but carry a big stick. That's not new and this is exactly what the president's doing surely. I agree with you. And I think those who have criticized the strategy our understanding it underlying historical context or the current threats. We face from this Ronnie and rogue regime, they're a state sponsor of terrorism. They have proxy militias his in Lebanon, but who's these in in Yemen? And then countless for Archie militias in Iraq disguises, Opal popular mobilization units. This is serious business. And that's why we responded with a very serious again in very credible policy statement, and I agree with you. It is very consistent with with US national security strategy over the years. What why is this a threat to America? Explain to our listeners. What happens if Iran actually gets fissile material, or if it gets even more aggressive in the region from Yemen to to even with regards to the threat to Israel and everything else. Why should we care down your Hoffman? Well, it is already a major threat to our national security just based on their fairy activities in the region. Supporting those proxy militia here, destabilizing force their targeting our allies, not just Israel, but Saudi Arabia who of launched missile strikes against eastern province in Saudi Arabia. They runnings of launch cyber attacks against the Saudis, their their major revisionist revolutionary power, and they are seeking now based on the became put that they provided such great support to to to Syria. They're trying to weaponize the goal on heights threatening Golan Heights in Israel from from Syria now using their forces, deployed in Syria. So they're a major threat to us. Now, if you add in nuclear weapons to the mix that would only make run even more aggressive and even more dangerous. They're also a known proliferator. They have worked with North Korea. And the concern me would have to have is that they would share that nuclear technology and potentially use nuclear weapons even tactical nuclear weapons against us or our allies. And so the last thing we want is for Ron to become a nuclear power the last thing, I would just say that they do you're looking at the rest of the Middle East so concerned about Iran's nuclear status. There's gonna be heightened interest on the part of the SUNY Gulf states like Saudi Arabia, potentially the US you'd have their own nuclear. That's the last thing. We'd want you've agreed to graciously stay with us for two segments. In the last minute. We have in this segment. What is you know, who knows who's listening to this show? What is the right move for tech Ron to make now Daniel Hoffman? Well, they have upped the ante on in terms of you know, confrontation, I mentioned all those threats and look thanks to this administration's maximum economic pressure. The Iran in Konami is in freefall until the president Ruhani is trying to do is to try to make the United States out to be the scapegoat for Iran dome failures. And I he knows that don't citizens are looking at their corrupt regime and thinking, maybe we wanna change. I don't see the Iranian fifth Ronnie and government doing anything that would really result in anything close that would normalize relations deprecating hump pale made that list of twelve demands for the Iranians the one of which was to stop their nefarious activity in the Middle East. Will we we have to we have to contain them? Clearly, we are talking to Daniel Hoffman. Former.