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Now Is The Time To Win The War With Iran

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As we, and other commentators, have pointed out, Iran has been at war with the United States since 1979, even though for four decades American leaders have refused to admit it to the American people. The protests now going on in Iran offer one of the best opportunities yet for the United States to win the war Iran declared on us.

For those who refuse to admit Iran is at war with us, the litany of Iranian attacks against the United States, from taking the American Embassy personnel hostage, to the bombing of the Beirut Marine barracks, to the bombing of the Khobar Towers in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, to Iranian support for the 9/11 hijackers, to attacks on American forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, to plotting terrorism on American soil are proof of the old military adage that in the conduct of any war the enemy always has a vote, and Iran’s theocratic leaders long ago voted to be at war with the United States.

The good news is that this war against America has never been as popular with the average Iranian as the Ayatollahs have made it out to be and the Ayatollahs’ recent admission, after days of denial, that the regime inadvertently shot down a Ukrainian jetliner killing all 176 aboard has completely undermined much of its remaining moral authority.

Demonstrators have taken to the streets calling for Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to step down and for those responsible for downing the plane to be prosecuted.

Video clips on Twitter showed protesters in Tehran on Saturday chanting "Death to the dictator," a reference to Khamenei. "Khamenei have shame. Leave the country," chanted protesters in the capital, Tehran, in footage posted on social media.

Protests have now spread to other cities, including Shiraz, Esfahan, Hamedan and Orumiyeh, Reuters reported.

It is clear that the totalitarian system of Sharia-supremacism and “Absolute Wilayat al-Faqih” (Guardianship of the Jurist) has steadily lost whatever popular support it had at the beginning of the Khomeinist revolution.

Much of this erosion of support can also be attributed to the effects of the economic warfare we have conducted through various sanctions the United States imposed upon Iran and its leaders.

The problem is that the sanctions and other intelligence operations the United States has conducted against Iran have lacked a consistent strategic vision behind them, or to the extent there has been a strategic vision it has been strictly defensive in nature.

The bottom line is that previously when the Iranian people have protested the failures of Khomeinism and Absolute Wilayat al-Faqih the United States did little or nothing concrete to use that popular discontent to undermine the regime, instead substituting holding worthless real estate in the Middle East and killing a few thousand ignorant jihadis for fighting and winning the real war – which is the defeat of Sharia-supremacism and Iranian Absolute Wilayat al-Faqih.

Now is the time to turn popular dissent into regime change in Iran.

Unfortunately, none of the generals who have been tasked with fighting and winning the wars in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, and certainly none of the politicians who have advocated United States involvement in them, have been willing to accept and confront the truth that to end the war Iran has declared on us we have to defeat the ideology of Wilayat al-Faqih.

How would we go about that given American weariness with war in the Middle East and President Trump’s often stated opposition to American “boots on the ground” in Iran?

As our friend Michael Ledeen has made clear in countless articles and two books, there are alternatives to an all-out shooting war, however, “Fighting back against Iran is difficult and costly. No American president from Carter to Obama has been willing to take it on.”

As an alternative to what Mr. Ledeen called “an all-out shooting war” President Trump could start by updating to the 21st century the tools President Ronald Reagan used to defeat Communism in Eastern Europe in the 1980s.

Here are four simple steps that we could take almost immediately to help bring about regime change in Iran:

Pump-up the power and content of Farsi language programing through radio and TV, especially satellite TV, making it clear that we stand with the people of Iran in their quest for liberty.

Pump-up the power and content of our Farsi language social media communications with the people of Iran and integrate them with radio and TV messages proposed above.

Use clandestine means to deliver cellphones, satellite phones, radios and laptops to Iranian dissidents to that they can communicate with each other outside of government channels.

Create online and on-air communications channels that dissidents can access to communicate outside of the Iranian government channels, for example digital radio channels could provide Iranians with news, entertainment and information on protest locations.

After those steps have been successfully executed we should consider giving the newly empowered revolutionaries lethal aide.

The weakness of Iran’s system of Wilayat al-Faqih has never been more obvious and the opportunity to undermine it from within rarely greater. As James Phillips is a senior research fellow for Middle Eastern affairs at The Heritage Foundation said in a recent article, the harder Iran’s dictatorship struggles to oppose reforms that threaten its power, the sooner young Iranians and Arabs forced to live under Tehran’s thumb will reach the conclusion that Iran’s Islamist model is bankrupt economically, politically, and morally.

George Rasley is editor of Richard Viguerie's ConservativeHQ.com and is a veteran of over 300 political campaigns. A member of American MENSA, he served on the staff of Vice President Dan Quayle, as Director of Policy and Communication for former Congressman Adam Putnam (FL-12) then Vice Chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee's Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs, and as spokesman for Rep. Mac Thornberry former Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.

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