U.S. commander says he believes Iranian threat 'is very real'

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  • one old man MSC, UT
    June 8, 2019 7:03 a.m.

    But the biggest threat to America is still trump.

  • WallE Walla Walla, WA
    June 7, 2019 9:33 p.m.

    Iran is a threat due to relations for many years.

    Sending four B-52's is more for discussion on FOX than to send a significant message to Iran. The carrier group was going there anyway.

  • PHJN25 Springville, UT
    June 7, 2019 4:52 p.m.

    To E.T. Bass and too many others:

    Prior to U.S. entry into World War II the majority of adult Americans wanted the United States to remain out of "Europe's war."

    Franklin Roosevelt was a man with a great interest in intelligence. He also had a lifetime interest in the Army, Army Air Forces, and, most of all, in the Navy (including the Marine Corps, which is part of the Department of the Navy).

    FDR had far better knowledge of the situation in Europe and in the Far East than American citizens (including members of Congress) had before and long after the Second World War.

    The decisions President Roosevelt made to bring a unified people into World War II were not made by FDR alone. He had the advice of senior generals and admirals in Washington, the Philippines and in Hawaii.

    If there is one lesson I've learned from the study of history, it's the terrible tragedy our country and our people are faced with when, for matters of politics and differences of opinion, we, a free people, can bring on when we don't support our President.

    I'm a conservative. FDR was a liberal democrat. FDR was the greatest President we've ever had.

    A. McKane, Maunaloa, Hawaii

  • PHJN25 Springville, UT
    June 7, 2019 4:21 p.m.

    One of the worst mistakes the United States could make would be to "reveal the source(s)" behind intelligent our highest public officials and senior members of the Armed Forces have to work with and act upon.

    As an example: prior to 7 December 1941, our government, specifically the Army and Navy but also including at times the FCC and the FBI, had intercepts of Japanese governmental telegraph traffic involving Japan's plans for war with the U.S., Great Britain, the Netherlands East Indies and the Philippines in the event diplomacy---on Japanese terms---failed to be worked out. This information was known as Magic and Ultra. (Magic, intercepted and decoded Japanese foreign ministry message traffic to Japanese outposts throughout the world; Ultra, intercepted and decoded Japanese Army and Navy communications.)

    Having studied this matter for over 35 years, I have no positive evidence that any member(s) of Congress, whether Democrats or Republicans, had access to any of our intercepted messages. A small hint at the kind of intelligence we had is found in Part 12 of the Pearl Harbor Attack Hearings published by Congress in 1946.

    Andy McKane, Maunaloa, Molokai, Hawaii.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    June 7, 2019 1:41 p.m.

    @lost in DC: what is the solid evidence that Iran was involved in the damage to those ships? If there is evidence, let's see it.
    The history of Iran is interesting. The US and England are to blame for the government run by Mulahs. Iran had a democratically elected and moderate government until the US and England had it overthrown to put in the Shaw. The Shaw was so corrupt and awful to his own people, he was overthrown by the extremists we have today.
    The population of Iran is still moderate.
    The fact that the US believes they have the right to dictate how Iran operates is of the utmost hubris. Iran, much like Iraq, is not a threat to me or any other American who isn't trying to start a war with them.
    Why does the US believe they have to force their will on a region that is on the other side of the world?

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 7, 2019 1:34 p.m.

    @Ernest T. Bass - Bountiful, UT
    RE: "It's not Iran with troops and warships right at the U.S. border so I have a hard time understanding how Iran is the treat (AKA "Threat" I assume)"...
    If that's how simple your mind is (unless their warships are right at the US border their not a treat)... Then I'm sure glad you're not President.

    Compared with thinking like that... Trump looks like a genius (and he's not a genius, but compared to that logic he is).

    The General's requested the carrier group be sent there as a warning (not Trump). Not sure if you read that far into the article or not.

    But getting on Trump's case for everything is becoming normal. I actually expect it. On absolutely everything.

    Maybe you could impeach him for approving the General's request? It's worth a try Democrats...

  • Debbie at Sandy sandy, UT
    June 7, 2019 12:21 p.m.

    I thinks we are creating a scenario in the Middle East that results in sending our fighting men into war which only makes more enemies in the long run and creates terrorist groups the we will be contending with for a generation or longer.

    Taking military action to "protect our interest" in a region is different than protecting our homeland.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    June 7, 2019 11:36 a.m.

    Norwegian insurers of Saudi vessels damaged by recent attacks have solid evidence it was the iran. Of course they are still looking to destabilize the region, something BO’s horrible deal with them did not address.

    Our current position is much more effective than a non-existent "red line in the sand". The mullahs released the hostages carter could never free only after Reagan was elected. they knew who meant business and who was full of hot air then, and they know it now.

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    June 7, 2019 11:13 a.m.

    Trump needs to stay away from this situation.

    Trump's big mouth and stupid tweets could get millions of people killed.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    June 7, 2019 10:56 a.m.

    As for threats, it is the U.S. who has troops and ships right at the Iranian border. It's not Iran with troops and warships right at the U.S. border so I have a hard time understanding how Iran is the treat.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    June 7, 2019 10:18 a.m.

    I think it's good contingency-planning to send a carrier group and patriot missiles, etc, to the region if intel indicates a pattern of preparation for a possible attack on our interests in the area.

    It's better to send a warning, and prevent the attack before their preparations are complete, instead of waiting till the actual attack happens and then have to respond even more forcefully.

    It's something American Presidents have done numerous times in our history (send a carrier group to an area to warn them to not do what they are preparing to do).


    The article said, "U.S. intelligence picked up what Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said last week looked like a pattern of Iranian plotting against U.S. and other targets in the region. Dunford said that on May 3, the U.S. sent a message to Iranian officials "just to make it clear they understood that we would hold them accountable should something take place in the region."

    "McKenzie said the carrier request was his (not Trump's) in consultation with Dunford, and that he faced no political pressure to make the request"...