Lou Dobbs Joins Iran Saber-Rattling: Trump Should Warn ‘We Will Reduce Your Entire Infrastructure to Dust’
Fox Business Network host Lou Dobbs joined in the growing chorus of right-wing saber-rattling toward Iran on his show, suggesting that the Trump administration make it very clear to that country’s leaders: “if you mess further with us, we will not commit troops, but we will reduce your entire infrastructure to dust?”
Conservative outrage over Iran has been stoked by recent, vague claims by Saudi Arabia’s state-run press agency that Iran recently sabotaged or attacked four commercial ships in the Persian Gulf. And on Tuesday, the New York Times reported that the Trump administration has drawn up plans for 120,000 ground troops to deploy to the Middle East should Iran instigate violence against the US presence in the region or try to restart its nuclear weapons program.
“I think it’s fake news, OK? President Donald Trump told the press on the White House lawn, in reaction to the Times story. But just moments later, he doubled down on the prospect of a massive ground mobilization to counter Iran. “Now, would I do that? Absolutely. But we have not planned for that. Hopefully we’re not going to have to plan for that. If we did that, we would send a hell of a lot more troops than that.”
On his show Tuesday night, Dobbs went on to clarify that, by “entire infrastructure,” he meant leveling Iran’s “entire oil industry, upon which they’re totally dependent.” His apocalyptic threats notably evoke Air Force General Curtis LeMay’s infamous — and catastrophically misguided — warning to North Vietnam in 1965 that the US could “bomb them back into the Stone Age.”
Dobbs is not alone in resorting to bombastic rhetoric over Iran. Republican Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), a stridently vocal opponent of that country, also issued a jingoistic warning to Iran in a recent interview with Margaret Hoover on PBS’s Firing Line. In response to Hoover’s question “Could [the US] win a war against Iran, Cotton cavalierly replied: “Yes, [in] two strikes. … the first strike and the last strike.”
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