Sen. Coons: 'This May Well Be the Thing That Calls for Military Action Against Iran'

By Susan Jones | September 16, 2019 | 9:17am EDT
Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) says Iran may be testing U.S. resolve. (Photo: Screen capture)

( - Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.), a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, said he wants to "see the intelligence" on the apparent drone strike that devastated Saudi oil production on Saturday.

"But it seems credible that the Houthis don't have the sort of advanced drones that carried out this crippling strike on Saudi oil facilities," Coons told "Fox & Friends" on Monday.

"My hope is that the president will consult with his generals, his diplomats, his advisers -- will look hard at the intelligence. Iran is one of the most dangerous state sponsors of terrorism. This may well be the thing that calls for military action against Iran, if that's what the intelligence supports."

The Iranian-backed Houthis claimed responsibility for the attack, but many see Iran's hand in providing the Houthis with the long-range drone technology. The Saudis are fighting the Houthis in Yemen, with U.S. military support.

Coons told "Fox & Friends" that Iran may be testing the United States:

"I'd say one of the things that has kept America safe and secure for seven decades is a global network of alliances. Obviously our alliance with the Saudis has been badly strained by the murder of Khashoggi and some of the other things that MBS, the crown prince, has done.

But this is a moment where Iran is really pushing our resolve and is really testing to see whether we're actually going to stand up. And if there's attacks by Iran on our close allies like Jordan, Israel, or the Saudis -- we need to take seriously taking action against them," Coons said.

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump has issued two tweets on the attack:

On Sunday, he wrote: "Saudi Arabia oil supply was attacked. There is reason to believe that we know the culprit, are locked and loaded depending on verification, but are waiting to hear from the Kingdom as to who they believe was the cause of this attack, and under what terms we would proceed!"

And on Monday morning, he wrote: "Remember when Iran shot down a drone, saying knowingly that it was in their 'airspace' when, in fact, it was nowhere close. They stuck strongly to that story knowing that it was a very big lie. Now they say that they had nothing to do with the attack on Saudi Arabia. We’ll see?"

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