As political and media pundits are all speculating on the reasoning behind President Trump’s decision to pull troops out of Syria, another one of his recent actions may give more insight to his overall strategy. After the September 14th attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities, “the United States carried out a security cyber operation against Iran” reports Reuters.
Officials spoke on condition of anonymity and said the “operation took place in late September and took aim at Tehran’s ability to spread ‘propaganda.” Reuters makes a very poignant statement: “It highlights how President Donald Trump’s administration has been trying to counter what it sees as Iranian aggression without spiraling into a broader conflict.”
While “the impact of the attack, if any, could take months to determine, but cyber strikes are seen as a less-provocative option below the threshold of war” said Reuters. When Donald Trump has stood before the American people, both as a candidate and as a President and promised to bring our troops home and “end endless wars” he is keeping his word.
Additionally, the response has been that “Publicly, the Pentagon has responded by sending thousands of additional troops and equipment to bolster Saudi defenses- the latest U.S. deployment to the region this year.” Consistent in his rhetoric and actions, Trump is sending U.S. forces and resources to help on the defense. He is offering to aid in protecting Saudi oil fields which is of value and interest to the United States.
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