U.S. sends submarine with guided-missile capabilities to the Middle East

April 10, 2023
by
Robert Ayers

The U.S. Navy just sent a submarine with significant combat abilities to the Middle East. 

According to ABC News, the Navy has done so in "a show of force toward Iran."

Background

Iran's aggression toward the United States and the U.S.'s allies has significantly increased during the administration of President Joe Biden.

Iran, in particular, appears to be seeking revenge for two big moves made during the administration of former President Donald Trump.

One of those moves was the killing of Qasem Soleimani, one of Iran's top military commanders. And, the other move was Trump's termination of the Iran Nuclear Deal, a product of the administration of former President Barack Obama.

ABC News reports:

The U.S., the U.K. and Israel have accused Iran of targeting oil tankers and commercial ships in recent years, allegations denied by Tehran. The U.S. Navy has also reported a series of tense encounters at sea with Iranian forces that it said were being recklessly aggressive.

This is on top of the Iran-back attack on U.S. troops, last month, which led to the death of a U.S. contractor and the injury of seven other Americans.

The deployment of the submarine

Critics have maintained that Iran, here, is taking advantage of the softness of the Biden administration. The Biden administration now, however, is attempting to make a show of force in the hope that Iran will back down.

Last week, the Navy deployed USS Florida to the Middle East.

Cmdr. Tim Hawkins put out a statement, saying, "The submarine entered the region April 6 and began transiting the Suez Canal the following day."

Hawkins continued:

Florida is a nuclear-powered guided-missile submarine homeported in Kings Bay, Ga. It is capable of carrying up to 154 Tomahawk land-attack cruise missiles and is deployed to U.S. 5th Fleet to help ensure regional maritime security and stability.

There's more

The deployment of the submarine only appears to be part of the Biden administration's strategy to get Iran to back down.

In addition to this, Fox News reports that the Biden administration continues to try to return both the U.S. and Iran to the Iran Nuclear Deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The plan, according to Fox, "would allow Tehran to access up to $275 billion in financial benefits during its first year in effect and $1 trillion by 2030."

The plan sounds like it would certainly make Iran happy. But, the big question is what America would get out of the deal. And, the answer is likely the same as last time: America would get a bad deal.

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