VIA| It’s Friday night in Amarillo, Texas, and I’m in the old Fisk Building downtown — now the Courtyard Marriott hotel. I just finished speaking at the Amarillo Women’s Republican Club Lincoln-Reagan dinner. It was a great event and I just gotta tell ya, I had the absolutely best doggone prime rib I’ve ever had in my life. The meal was courtesy of the Coors Cowboy Club.

I’m looking at a weekend where I can take a motorcycle ride from Dallas up to Oklahoma City, hit Route 66, come back to Amarillo, and then back to Dallas. This area is represented by my former Congressional colleague, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Rep. Mac Thornberry, an astute man of high integrity. Now, no one is perfect, but Chairman Thornberry is the right man to advance policies to strengthen our military.

And based on what just happened in the Persian Gulf, we need that.

As reported by Fox6Now:

The U.S. Navy is acknowledging an unarmed Iranian drone recently flew over an American aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf. 

The Navy termed the incident “abnormal and unprofessional” in a statement released by U.S. Navy Fifth Fleet spokesman Cmdr. Kevin Stephens. 

The statement said that on the morning of January 12, an Iranian drone flew toward both the French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle and the USS Harry S. Truman, both of which were operation in international waters in the gulf. 

A Navy helicopter launched from the Truman then determined that the unmanned aerial vehicle wasn’t weaponized.

“Because the UAV was unarmed and posed no risk to the carrier’s flight operations (since it wasn’t flying at the time), we determined that … the Iranian UAV’s actions posed no danger to the ship,” Stephens said in his statement. “It was however, abnormal and unprofessional.” 

Iran has broadcast video on local television that has been billed as capturing the incident.

I know we’re busy in America being led by the media to focus on the shining thing, talking about the GOP debate or Hillary Clinton’s emails. The latter is simple: said person is a chronic liar and should be heading to jail, after being indicted.

But just think about what’s happened in the Persian Gulf: the world’s #1 state sponsor of Islamic terrorism was flying a drone over our naval vessels. We’ve had Iran seize our Riverine assault boats and capture our Sailors at gunpoint, making them kneel. And Iran has also fired off ship-launched cruise missiles in the Persian Gulf this month; hmm, I suppose that’s all just hunky dory now.

Hasan Rouhani is on his European victory tour and the Italians were so appeasing they covered up pieces of art that could be offensive. We’re suppressing our culture for a terrorist state to whom we’ve released billions of dollars and are courting for trade packages. See, to the mind of the liberal leftist progressive, this is all fine. Matter of fact, you thank the Iranians for treating our Sailors so nicely after broadcasting their kneeling on state TV.

Last night in Amarillo, we talked about a strong America, one that promotes Reagan’s mantra of “peace through strength.” Instead, we’re heading down a dangerous path of appeasement and concession to terrorists. And what does one get in return? More belligerence. Where does it end? More importantly, how does it end?

OK, I know how. Barack Obama has a really nice exhibit in his presidential library entitled, “The legacy of successful diplomacy.” I’d label that exhibit this way: “How to get bent over and screwed by an Islamist terrorist state.” Snapback sanctions? Gimme a break; that never existed and was never going to happen. Consider the entry point for “negotiations” with Iran, compared to what the final Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) entailed — a complete reversal. We don’t prevent Iran from having a nuclear weapon; it’s just “delayed.” We shared with you the key points and conditions of the JCPOA previously on this website.

The left and others condemn my attention to this issue as war mongering. What they seek is to avoid confrontation at any cost — and the cost here is very high. And if the enemy clearly knows you’ll do anything to avoid confrontation, that provides them with a huge psychological advantage.

Perhaps this isn’t as important as debating whether Donald Trump should’ve attended the GOP debate. However, just consider this, who will be the best person to contend with the consequences of the Obama administration’s folly? Iran will be pushing the issue all year long and conducting more provocative actions each time, escalating its obtuse behavior. And we will issue inane responses such as this was “abnormal and unprofessional” — now, that really scares the Iranians.

Let me be very clear, and this is not war mongering, this is dealing with an enemy — fly a drone, armed or unarmed, over our Navy vessels, and it will be shot down. Approach our Naval vessels, and we consider it a hostile act and will fire upon you — that’s what Reagan did, and anyone remember Iranian belligerence? Here’s the worse case scenario, folks, a USS Cole repeat. Kids test adults’ limits; if you don’t shut it down early, it only emboldens the child.

The Middle East, and most of the world, understands strength; weakness is an enticing elixir. Resolve is regarded and respected — not rhetoric on red lines. Americans cheer the victor, however, we’re being portrayed as victims by Iran. This doesn’t end well at all, and we’re still in the first month of 2016. Doom and gloom, nah, just addressing the facts, the actions, and the recognizing the enemy.

If England had listened to Churchill — well, you know where I’m going with that.