Iran Challenges Biden with Rocket Attack in Iraq – How Will He Respond?

ANALYSIS – Communist China and Russia aren’t the only adversaries challenging President Biden in his first weeks in office, now add Revolutionary Iran to the mix. Monday night, two dozen rockets were fired at a U.S. military base at Erbil International Airport, in the capital of the semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

Most experts believe the attack was launched by an Iran-backed militia as a test for Biden. The rockets wounded an American soldier, killed one non-U.S. contractor, and wounded five others. The Mullahs and Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in Iran, and as importantly, America’s regional Arab allies, and Israel are awaiting Biden’s response.

Iran’s leaders have been champing at the bit to retaliate for former President Trump’s bold strike against its terror master, Qassem Soleimani in January 2020. However, they prudently waited until Trump was out of office before testing the waters for escalation.

With Team Biden eagerly trying to re-engage Iran to restart the failed Obama-Biden 2015 nuclear deal, this test takes on even greater importance.

So far, Biden has been cautious. On Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki stated that the U.S. reserves “the right to respond at a time and manner of our choosing but we’ll wait for the attribution to be concluded first.” To many that sounds like an excuse for inaction. And that could mean a quick escalation by Iran.

As Michael Knights writes in Politico:

…the Erbil attack will not mark the end of militia provocations against the Biden administration but rather the beginning. This dynamic has to be quickly reversed before Americans are killed and maimed, before the U.S. is drawn into retaliatory actions, or before U.S. credibility takes a new hit in the eyes of our allies and partners in the region.

Knights adds that, based on his experience laying blame is not very difficult in this case:

As someone who has been at the heart of dozens of similar intelligence exercises, I know it is not difficult to tell who did the attack: Many factors suggest with high confidence that it was Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq (AAH), a U.S.-designated terrorist group with gallons of U.S. blood on its hands from the years before the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq in 2011.

Even if Iran didn’t direct AAH to launch the attack, it would have been in the position to block it. Regardless, it is now a visible test, and Biden must respond. So, what should Biden do? Knights suggests:

A smart move would be to directly warn Tehran that the U.S. expects Iran to restrain all its proxies from taking destabilizing moves such as the Erbil attack or the January 23 drone attack on the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh, which was also launched from Iraq. Such a message would alert the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) that America is not fooled by facades, but rather remains clear-eyed about Tehran’s influence over anti-American militias.

In particular, the Biden team should publicly warn Iran that if another American is killed or wounded in Iraq or elsewhere in the Gulf, then the Biden administration will suspend efforts to restart nuclear negotiations.

However, any direct warning must be followed by a direct response if the warning is ignored. That is exactly what Trump did with his strike against Soleimani. And the message was clearly received.

Sadly, Biden does not appear willing to show similar resolve. Meanwhile, Iran and America’s allies are waiting.

Paul Crespo

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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John
John
2 months ago

Joe is not calling the shots. He doesn’t have the necessary gray material or the round things hanging between his legs. We will be in an all out war with Iran that’s the left’s answer . But it is better to start that now before they have the big firercracker.

Anti left
Anti left
2 months ago

His response was to turn his back on our Arab allies and give e them Yemen as a gift.

ralph eye
ralph eye
2 months ago

Is the president trying to recover the economy by using some skirmish with Iran ????

kom
kom
2 months ago

Biden is a commie and he’s weak as shit…he’ll do anything to line his pockets and the future of this country means nothing to him.

Stephen Weiss
2 months ago

is there any money involved?….if not, he won’t do anything.

vietvet
vietvet
2 months ago
Reply to  Stephen Weiss

There IS money involved,the Millions or Billions he and his puppeteer Obama will send Iran to Appease them

Tom Thumb
Tom Thumb
2 months ago

Joe’s first reaction? Who am I, where am I, why am I here? JILL!! JILL!!….JENN…JENN!!. Let’s face it folks…dementia Joe isn’t running the show. 8:30pm. Joe’s in bed.

Herbert G. Chapman
Herbert G. Chapman
2 months ago
Reply to  Tom Thumb

Actually I think he’s asleep 24/7 !

Billy
Billy
2 months ago

LOL!!! ABSOLUTELY CORRECT !! SO IS ALL CONGRESS !!! ALL !!!

Nrr
Nrr
2 months ago

Run back to the basement!

Fritz Johnson
2 months ago

He will get into another Obama type pact with Iran, relieve imbargos and in general cater to them. Strange because regardless they hate us and want us destroyed!

Belcara
Belcara
2 months ago

Respond? Like in Texas this past week?

Tom Matt
Tom Matt
2 months ago

In the direction of the $ money !!

Joe Salazar
Joe Salazar
2 months ago

PERVERT joe BLOW IS NOT THE ONE TO RESPOND. THE ONE TO RESPOND IS THE BLACK RAT african muslim TRAITOR obama AND THE OTHER WORTHLESS TRAITOR john kerry. THE iranians ARE COUNTING ON THEIR BACK STABBING FRIENDS FROM AMERICA, NOT joe blow. THIS IS WHAT IGNORANT FOOLS VOTED FOR OR ALLOWED HIM TO STEAL THE PRESIDENCY FROM OUR AWESOME PRESIDENT TRUMP. NOW WE WILL HAVE MORE AND MORE AND MORE WETBACKS INVADING OUR COUNTRY SO NO AMERICA WILL BE LAST AND WETBACKS WILL BE FIRST. HOW STUPID CAN VOTERS BE, THE WETBACKS WILL COME AND DESTROY YOUR FAMILIES WITH CRIMES OF VIOLENCE AND MURDERS AND RAPE . WHEN YOU FOOLS WHO VOTED FOR THIS LETS HOPE THAT THE WETBACKS DONT HARM THE INNOCENT BUT TO YOU ALL WHO VOTED TO ALLOW THESE CRIMINALS INTO OUR COUNTRY. WHEN THE WETBACKS MURDER YOUR DAUGHTERS OR WIVES , BE SURE TO THANK YOUR PRESIDENT joe blow biden

PAUL CREPO CANT SPELL
PAUL CREPO CANT SPELL
2 months ago

CHOMPING AT HE BIT NOT CHAMPING ASST EDDITOR??? NOW THATS IRONIC

vinnie
vinnie
2 months ago

When the “HANDWRITING” is on the wall, only a FOOL criticizes the SPELLING!
(Author Unknown)

Gene Ralno
Gene Ralno
2 months ago

According to Webster’s dictionary, horses champ at the bit.

Omega 2
Omega 2
2 months ago

IRAN JOE WILL NO DOUBT BE CHANGEING HIE DEPENDS NOW ON THIS ONE!

Disgusted Elder
2 months ago
Reply to  Omega 2

If “Joe the Vegetable of D.C.” is a good boy and signs more E.O.s he can have an extra pudding tonight! His administration is polluted with Iran sympathizers, and Iranian in-laws like Kerry! The “Dementiacrat Party” has his back,—- and his pudding supply!

Lee Higby
Lee Higby
2 months ago

What? Biden worry?
I heard that the borders no longer in effect. And that means the laws of entry, such as illness, etc., are done away.
So when the “catch and release” of non-legal residents is in effect, they are taken by plane or bus to the city of their choice. It also pertains to legal inhabitants of Mexico.
Moslems will peacefully invade.
Thanks to the Non-brain Trust headed up by former Senator Harris from California.
Biden does best when hidin’!

Ken
Ken
2 months ago

Joe Biden ain’t gonna do sh*t!!!!!!!! He is a P**** and has no B*lls!!!!! Joeneeds to step down and leave it to a real man….Donald Trump.

StLouisSteve
StLouisSteve
2 months ago

It will be the same as his hero, Obummer, when Russia took over a third of Ukraine – blankets for the people.
How can anyone support this idiot…
God help us for the next four years.

ralph eye
ralph eye
2 months ago

Will the President of the United States respond to this attack on Americans, or will he just say he was in the cellar trying to avoid the virus contact??? Will fire in response?? Will he declare WAR to help bail out the U.S. economics??? What is Joe Biden??? Who is Joe Biden???

Gene Ralno
Gene Ralno
2 months ago

We won’t know until the Delaware Dunce re-emerges from this basement nap and has time to read what his handlers have written on his teleprompter.

Judith A York
Judith A York
2 months ago

This president is a puppet and won’t do anything to upset the status quo in the left and deep state

flashy0ne
flashy0ne
2 months ago

C’Mon man — you really don’t expect “chicken $hit” Biden to stand up, do you?? He only “threatens” to take people ‘out behind the barn’ — when there is NO possibility of him being involved. The people (?) dumped our protector (Trump) who would not have been challenged in the first place. He followed Teddy’s plan — “Speak softly BUT carry a BIG stick”. Wimps don’t take on strong men.

Dan
Dan
2 months ago

Obama style tactics. Drop trou and pallets of cash.

Clifford R. Baxter
Clifford R. Baxter
2 months ago

Biden can’t even Spell Iran or Iraq ,much less find them on a Map 😣😣😣😣😣
I still can’t believe that anyone actually voted for THOSE TWO morons 😑
SMFH

Billy
Billy
2 months ago

It was MORONS THAT ELECTED THE MORONS!!! We are in deep s,,, !! In trouble!!!

tom
tom
2 months ago

President Senile Joe and the Hoe will MUFF lt!

tractor man
tractor man
2 months ago

Biden has no plans to interfere in the matter. He hates Israel as much as the majority of American Jews do.

Well, 4 years with no war intervention was nice while it lasted.

Wyatt
Wyatt
2 months ago

Joe will scratch his butt and do what ever he is told to do by his handlers which is nothing . HR hasn’t the mental capacity to make any decisions on his own .

Joe Salazar
Joe Salazar
2 months ago

LETS HOPE JOE BLOW HAS THE TWINS TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. IT IS A SHAME WE CANT RELY ON PRESIDENT TRUMP TO TAKE CARE OF THE SERIOUS BUSINESS, UNLIKE PERVERT JOE BLOW IS A WEAK CLUELESS WORTHLESS BASTARD . HE`S STILL OBAMAS PUPPET. I WONDER IF I SHOULD BE PROUD TO BE AMERICAN !!! MANY OF US HAVE SERVED OUR BELOVED COUNTRY FOR NOTHING.

Tony Winters
Tony Winters
2 months ago

The Biden Socialist Regime will issue a very stern statement telling Iran that what they did was not very nice and ask them to promise that they will never do it again. If that doesn’t work then they will draw a red line in the sand following the tactics used by the Obama Socialist Regime and tell Iran that there will be dire consequences if they cross it. When Iran crosses that red line as they most assuredly will then Biden will drop down on his knees and kiss their butt, in the tradition of the Obama Regime.

Gene Ralno
Gene Ralno
2 months ago

The Delaware Dunce doesn’t yet show much resolve because his handlers haven’t written anything on his teleprompter yet.

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