The point of no return.
That is a phrase we are all familiar with. Once we reach that point, there is no going back — it is a proverbial line in the sand.
When it comes to Iran, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham just revealed his point of no return Wednesday night on Fox News.
“They’re the most murderous regime on the planet, and that is saying a lot,” Graham told host Brett Baier. “But the big problem is if they go back to enriching in a manner that could lead to a bomb. You are putting Israel in a world of hurt and the entire world should be worried about this.”
Graham explained that Iran’s strategy is to divide and cause chaos.
“If I were the president, I would tell the Iranians that if there is an attack on a ship or a pipeline or anything like that, we’re gonna blow up your oil refinery and take you out of the oil business because they are trying to drive up costs by creating chaos,” Graham said.
While Graham gave assurance that U.S. action would not involve a “land invasion,” he did clearly articulate a point of no return for Iran.
“My red line is if there is any more disruption of shipping in the Strait of Hormuz linked to Iran. Take out their navy, bomb their refineries,” Graham said.
The Washington Post reported that Iran was angry that the Trump administration did not renew waivers back in May for eight countries to import Iranian oil despite sanctions.
The increasing tensions hit a high point when the U.S. and Saudia Arabia pointed a finger at Iran after explosions damaged and destroyed two oil tankers in the Strait of Hormuz.
Video recorded by U.S aircraft of an IRGC Gashti-class patrol boat removing an unexploded limpet mine from M/T Kokuka Courageous. Courageous suffered an explosion while in #GulfofOman. Her 21 crew members were rescued by #USNavy destroyer #USSBainbridge. https://t.co/YpiEUALHWj pic.twitter.com/rjWKJN0qcf
— U.S. Navy (@USNavy) June 14, 2019
Graham said if Iran makes any more aggressive moves that the U.S. response will be clear and decisive.
“They’ll feel pain,” Graham said.
According to Graham, Norway and Japan had too weak of a response to Iran’s blowing up of their ships.
“This aversion to conflict with Iran is going to lead to a major war if someone doesn’t rein them back in — and that someone is the United States,” Graham said.
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