Iran will respond to US shooting down drone: Phares


>>>THE “BOXER” TOOK ACTION AGAINST AN IRANIAN DRONE WHICH HAD CLOSED INTO A VERY, VERY NEAR DISTANCE, APPROXIMATELY 1,000 YARDS, IGNORING MULTIPLE CALLS TO STAND DOWN, AND WAS THREATENING THE SAFETY OF THE SHIP AND THE SHIP’S CREW. THE DRONE WAS IMMEDIATELY DESTROYED.>>TENSIONS ESCALATING WITH IRAN. PRESIDENT TRUMP MAKING A MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT IN WHAT HE CALLS WAS A DEFENSIVE ACTION AND NOW WE KNOW THAT THE U.S. USED AN ELECTRONIC JAMMING DEVICE TO TAKE DOWN THAT DRONE, AT LEAST ACCORDING TO THE LATEST REPORTS FROM THE PENTAGON. FOX NEWS NATIONAL SECURITY AND FOREIGN POLICY ANALYST WALID PHARES JOINS US NOW. THIS SHOULD COME AS NO SURPRISE TO ANYONE, BUT WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?>>FIRST OF ALL, ON OUR SHOW AND YOUR SHOW, WE PROJECTED THAT AFTER THE FIRST DRONE ATTACK BY THE IRANIANS THAT THERE WOULD BE OTHER DRONES RELATED INCIDENTS AND HERE WE HAVE ONE TODAY. BUT THIS TIME, IT’S NOT HAPPENING IN NEUTRAL AIR SPACE OR INSIDE IRAN. IT’S HAPPENING AT 200 FEET OR MAYBE MORE FROM A U.S. SHIP. THIS MEANS IRANIANS ARE TRYING TO PUSH A LITTLE BIT MORE THE RED LINE TOWARDS US, WHICH PROMPTED AS THE PRESIDENT SAID THIS IMMEDIATE REACTION OF SELF-DEFENSE BY THE BATTLESHIP. KRISTINA: IF WE ARE GOING TO BE SPECIFIC HERE, I WANTED TO BRING IN SAUDI ARABIA. YOU JUST MENTIONED THAT. THE FACT THAT THE UNITED STATES NOT ONLY ARE THEY SHOOTING DOWN A DRONE 1,000 YARDS JUST FROM THE SHIP BUT THEN YOU ALSO HAVE THE UNITED STATES ALLUDING TO INCREASING THEIR MILITARY PRESENCE AND WORKING WITH SAUDI ARABIA, SO IF YOU HAVE THAT HOSTILITY PLUS WORKING WITH SAUDI ARABIA, COULDN’T THAT MEAN SOMETHING’S REALLY BREWING AND COMING SOON?>>YES, ACTUALLY, THE UNITED STATES IS WORKING WITH WHAT THEY CALL THE ARAB COALITION, INCLUDING SAUDI ARABIA, THE UAE, BAHRAIN, OTHER COUNTRIES. IT’S ALREADY A FACT. THE QUESTION NOW, WHAT WOULD THE IRANIANS DO NEXT, I THINK YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THAT PROJECTION. KRISTINA: RIGHT.>>IT SEEMS TO ME THE IRANIANS ARE GOING TO REPLY TO THIS INCIDENT. I DON’T KNOW HOW OR WHERE, NOBODY EVEN KNOWS, EVEN OUR INTELLIGENCE, TOO FRESH, BUT THEY ARE NOW IN A DEADLOCK SITUATION WHERE THEY WILL HAVE TO RESPOND BECAUSE OF THE PUBLIC OPINION.>>THIS IS A WEIRD NEW ERA OF WARFARE WHERE YOU HAVE AN UNMANNED VEHICLE, UNMANNED DRONES, SURVEILLANCE VEHICLES, BEING SHOT DOWN BY ONE SIDE OR THE OTHER. USUALLY THERE ARE PEOPLE INVOLVED AND THERE’S AN IMMEDIATE RESPONSE. WE DON’T QUITE KNOW WHAT TO DO AROUND OUR EQUIPMENT BEING DESTROYED, THEN DESTROYING THEIR EQUIPMENT.>>HOW IS, WALID, I’M SURPRISED TO HEAR YOU SAY YOU THINK IT’S UP TO WHAT IRAN DOES NEXT. I WOULD THINK IT WOULD BE UP TO WHAT AMERICA DOES NEXT. WASN’T THIS IN EFFECT ANOTHER ATTACK ON AN AMERICAN SHIP? IT ALMOST SEEMS AS IF THEY ARE BAITING US FOR A WAR. SHOULD WE GIVE IT TO THEM?>>NO. WE SHOULD NOT. WE SHOULD CONTINUE TO DO WHAT WE’RE DOING RIGHT NOW BUT ONE LITTLE DETAIL IS VERY IMPORTANT, CAUGHT MY ATTENTION. HOW DID WE GET RID OF THAT DRONE? NOT WITH AN ANTI-MISSILE MISSILE. JAMMING. THIS IS TELLING ME WE ARE IN AN ERA WHERE THERE IS NO CHANCE COMPARING OUR TECHNOLOGY WITH JAMMING WITH BRINGING DOWN A DRONE. NOW, THE IRANIANS WILL TRY DIFFERENT THINGS BUT THEY, TOO, DON’T WANT A FULL-FLEDGED CONFRONTATION. THEY WOULD LOSE IT. AT THE SAME TIME, THEY WANT TO INTIMIDATE US, THEY WANT TO INTIMIDATE OUR ALLIES IN THE GULF, AND THEY WANT TO WAIT AS LONG AS POSSIBLE. MAYBE A CHANGE IN POLITICS IN THE UNITED STATES WOULD BE THE ONLY CHANCE.>>WALID, THIS IS GARY KALTBAUM. IT FEELS LIKE FOR LACK OF A BETTER WORD, WE ARE KIND OF PLAYING FOOTSIE WITH THEM WITH THESE LITTLE THINGS. I KNOW THEY’RE BIG THINGS, BUT BACK AND FORTH. AT WHAT POINT DO WE JUMP OVER THE NET HERE IN THAT THEY’RE DOING SOME PRETTY PROVOCATIVE STUFF AND HOW LONG TO THE POINT WHERE WE JUST SAY WE’RE NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE AND WE HAVE TO TAKE SOME OFFENSE?>>NOT THE TECHNOLOGICAL WARFARE THAT WE’RE DOING RIGHT NOW TOY TO TOY THAT WE SEE. WE COULD SEE MANY OF THOSE INCIDENTS. WE SHOULD NOT JUMP AND BE SHOCKED. IF THE IRANIANS OR MILITIAS, NOT JUST IN THE GULF, IN SYRIA AND IRAQ, THAT’S WHERE THEY ARE GATHERING, WILL HARM US, HARM OUR SOLDIERS, IT’S A DIFFERENT BALL GAME AT THIS POINT IN TIME.>>ALTHOUGH, WE ARE ALSO TAKING PROVOCATIVE ACTION IN THE SENSE THAT WE ARE WITH MILITARY SHIPS OFF THEIR BORDERS. THIS IS NOT A ONE-SIDED SET OF PROVOCATIONS, IS IT?>>IT’S A PRESSURE WE ARE APPLYING. NOBODY IS SHY ABOUT IT IN WASHINGTON. THE PRESIDENT, THE ADMINISTRATION HAVE SAID WE ARE PUTTING ALL THIS PRESSURE FOR THE IRANIANS TO START WITHDRAWAL FROM IRAQ AND SYRIA. OR COME TO THE TABLE OF NEGOTIATION. I AGREE IT’S NOT A ONE-SIDED ISSUE.>>DO WE CONTINUE TO ALLOW THEM TO SHIP OIL OUT? DO WE ACTUALLY TAKE MORE AGGRESSIVE MEASURES? WHAT DO WE DO FROM THIS POINT IN TERMS OF, YOU KNOW, ATTACKING THEM ECONOMICALLY?>>THE PRESSURE IS WORKING. WE ARE GOING NOTCH AFTER NOTCH. WE DON’T NEED TO BE, YOU KNOW, SUDDEN ON THEM. BUT AT THE SAME TIME, THE IRANIANS HAVE TO CHOOSE, TABLE OF NEGOTIATIONS OR ARE THEY GOING TO DO THESE PINBRICK ATTACKS AGAINSTJONATHAN’S POINT>>IS THE PRESSURE WORKING? IF THE PRESSURE’S WORKING, IT SEEMS THE IRANIANS, EVEN TO YOUR POINT, KEEP UPPING THE ANTE, ESCALATING. I DON’T SEE HOW YOU CAN MAKE THE CASE, THE PRESSURE IS WORKING. IS IT?>>IT DEPENDS ON WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN NOT OUTSIDE IRAN BUT INSIDE IRAN. THE MOMENT YOU WILL SEE DEMONSTRATIONS, THE MOMENT YOU WILL SEE ORDER BREAKING DOWN INSIDE IRAN, THEN WE ARE IN BUSINESS.

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