In a move this publication predicted months ago, Iran is taking advantage of the perceived weakness of the incoming Biden administration, now combined with the instability caused by the assault on the Capitol, to test American military resolve. On Saturday they dared us to act. We stood down. That will become the pattern.

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FNC: “Long-range missiles from Iran splashed down close to a commercial ship in the Indian Ocean Saturday and 100 miles from the Nimitz aircraft carrier strike group, Fox News has learned, in the latest example of rising tensions in the region. U.S. officials say at least one of the missiles landed 20 miles from the commercial vessel but refused to offer more specifics about the ship, citing privacy concerns. The officials requested anonymity to discuss sensitive intelligence. Iran tests missiles frequently. Senior U.S. military officials say 100 miles was a long way from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz. Another source says these missiles did not cause alarm, and this was a fairly standard routine exercise…

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While 100 miles is well over the horizon and not visible from the aircraft carrier or its escort ships, American spy satellites orbiting high above in space tracked the missile launch from the Islamic Republic. It’s not immediately clear if the AN/SPY-1 radar aboard the guided-missile cruiser escorting the aircraft carrier Nimitz tracked the launch.”

“We were expecting the missile launch,” one American official said, but there is dire concern about how far Iranian provocations will go. Pentagon officers in intel slots are saying more and worse moves are expected from Iran, Russia, China, Venezuela, and North Korea. The international perception right now is that America is divided, paralyzed, and soon to be weak.

The population is at loggerheads to a degree not seen since the Civil War. The president has lost all credibility to command. In fact, after his recent words, it is probable any officer could legitimately refuse his orders as an unlawful command. The Biden administration has elements in it that hate this country and want to see our military reduced to a hollow force not able to serve American interests any place on the globe. This is what a potential enemy is seeing today.