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UNCLE SAM STRIKES BACK, AND IT'S ABOUT TIME: American aircraft struck sites in Syria, in response to recent attacks on U.S. bases in the Mideast.  Those attacks were sponsored by Iran.  From Fox: 

The U.S. military conducted airstrikes on two facilities in eastern Syria on Thursday in response to ongoing attacks against American military personnel in Iraq and Syria over the past week, according to the Department of Defense.

A pair of F-16s targeted two facilities – a weapons depot and an ammo storage area – near Abu Kamal used by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and affiliated groups, a senior U.S. defense official told Fox News's Jennifer Griffin. It's unclear if there were any Iranian militants at the facilities when they were hit.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said in a statement Thursday night that the U.S. does not seek conflict, but the "Iranian-backed attacks" on American forces are "unacceptable and must stop."

"Iran wants to hide its hand and deny its role in these attacks against our forces. We will not let them," Austin said. "If attacks by Iran’s proxies against U.S. forces continue, we will not hesitate to take further necessary measures to protect our people."

There have been 19 attacks against American personnel in Iraq and Syria since Oct. 17, including three additional attacks on Thursday, according to Pentagon spokesperson Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder. 

A U.S. contractor died from a cardiac incident while sheltering in place during the attacks and 21 American troops were injured – all of whom have since returned to duty, Austin said.

U.S. officials made clear the strikes were conducted solely in response to the attacks against American personnel and are not connected to the Israel-Hamas war.

"They are separate and distinct from the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, and do not constitute a shift in our approach to the Israel-Hamas conflict," Austin said. "We continue to urge all state and non-state entities not to take action that would escalate into a broader regional conflict."

COMMENT:   I'm struck by the willingness to mention Iran, and to clearly say that the Iranians are behind the attacks on Americans.  Maybe there is some backbone left in the Biden administration. 

The key question is, what is next?  Will Iran's little workers continue their attacks?  If so, will America strike back harder?  The inclination of Biden's Obama-appointed crowd is to forgive Iran and continue to appease it.  That inclination, we hope, is now history.

You will probably hear speculation in the coming days on whether the United States will attack Iran itself.  If so, we will be at war.  If not, Iran may get away again.  Decisions like this require an active, capable president.  I wish we had one.

October 26, 2023