Not responding to a drone attack off Oman could actually impair progress on a deal.
Robert SatloffAugust 11, 2021, 1:35 PM
An expert’s point of view on a current event.
How should the United States respond to Iran’s July 31 drone attack on the Mercer Street, a Japanese-owned, Liberian-flagged, Israeli-managed oil products tanker in international waters off the coast of Oman, killing the Romanian captain and a British crewmember?
The United States was obviously not a direct target of the Iranian attack. But Washington, together with other maritime powers, is the ultimate guarantor of freedom of navigation in the world’s oceans—a vital U.S. interest. The United States shares with other countries responsibility for protecting this essential principle, deterring assaults on it, and punishing egregious violations.
Robert Satloff is the executive director of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy.