You might remember a time back in January 2016 when Iran captured a US Navy boat and 10 Sailors. The video of the capture was put on television everywhere, provided by the Iranian news. Of course the US media ran with it as well. It was actually a bit embarrassing for the US military.
An investigation of that incident found that some of our sailors ‘did not meet the high standards expected of them’.
According to the report, some of the Navy sailors gave up their passwords to their laptops, cellphones and sensitive data about their ships to their Iranian captors.
Other reports had said the morale of the US military was low. One could imagine being captured by an enemy and wondering if your country was going to come to your rescue. After what happened in Benghazi it would be understandable, though still not acceptable, if a soldier had doubt that leadership would come to the rescue.
On Obama's watch we saw our soldiers and Ambassador massacred, in Benghazi, with no help to stop it until it was basically over. We saw Iran capture a Navy boat and its sailors while they broadcasted it all over in an attempt to embarrass the US.
How did Obama handle that? He sent Iran pallets of cash.
Enter President Donald J. Trump.
With reports that Iran was harassing our US Navy warships, like mosquitos at a picnic, President Trump gave the order to put a stop to it. No playing around.
President Trump tweeted:
I have instructed the United States Navy to shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships at sea.
That's it. Iran knows President Trump is not a weak leader. They know they can't steal from us or attack us without consequence. And President Trump surely isn't going to send them cash for it.
The world knows President Trump is much stronger than Obama was. They know our military is stronger and Trump's 'peace through strength' approach seems to be working.
When the US military was tested by Russia in Syria 2018 - the Russians found out we were for real and the new leader was no pushover. These Russian mercenaries fired at the US position in Syria and they were obliterated in minutes - and that was that.
President Trump is nothing like President Obama.