Matt Kroenig, who greets Emma Ashford, returns with a focus on the various challenges the United States is facing globally. He points out that Iran and its proxies have escalated their attacks on U.S. and Israeli interests, and the increased production of enriched uranium by Iran is a major concern. Additionally, the Iran-backed Houthis’ attacks on shipping in the Red Sea are causing delays and increasing costs for international trade. Emma Ashford acknowledges these threats and emphasizes the significance of global shipping and the need for the U.S. to protect sea lanes. She believes the U.S. should respond more aggressively to deter further attacks without risking full-blown war with Iran. Matt Kroenig agrees and notes that the Biden administration’s defensive response has not been effective in stopping the attacks. He also addresses Iranian allegations of U.S. and Israeli involvement in a bombing, stating that the Islamic State is the more likely culprit. Both agree on the importance of protecting global sea lanes and the need for a more decisive response to the threats.