On Thursday, National Security Adviser Michael Flynn announced that Iran was being “officially put on notice” (whatever TF that means) after Iran tested ballistic missile weaponry. However, the country isn’t particularly concerned, probably because Iran doesn’t know what “officially” being “put on notice” even means, but most likely because it sure as hell knows the Trump administration doesn’t, either.
To show just how unconcerned they are, and how frankly incompetent it finds America’s new leadership, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, an adviser to Iran’s supreme leader, issued a response to the “official notice,” stating that “this is not the first time that an inexperienced person has threatened Iran … the American government will understand that threatening Iran is useless. Iran does not need permission from any country to defend itself.”
U.S. officials claim Iran’s launching of the missiles is in violation of the Iran Deal’s ban on Iran using missiles capable of carrying nuclear weapons, and while Iran denies that the missiles it launched had the capacity to deliver nuclear weaponry, the missiles were reportedly designed with the intention of striking Israel.
Trump has since echoed his National Security Adviser in a relatively useless tweet:
Iran has been formally PUT ON NOTICE for firing a ballistic missile.Should have been thankful for the terrible deal the U.S. made with them!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 2, 2017
Just over the past few days, Trump has already gotten us into unsettling squabbles with Mexico, Australia, and now, Iran.