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US needs to ‘punch the other guy in the nose’ before Middle East tensions ‘spin out of control’: Gen. Kellogg

Since war erupted in Israel, military experts and U.S. officials have warned the conflict could potentially escalate and expand into a broader war that involves American forces. On “Outnumbered” Tuesday, Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg (Ret.) reacted to former Defense Secretary Robert Gates calling it the most dangerous situation he’s seen since World War II ended. Kellogg, former national security adviser to VP Mike Pence, echoed the comments, cautioning the Biden White House that the crises could easily “spin out of control.”

“If any group or any country is looking to widen this conflict and take advantage of this very unfortunate situation that we see. Our advice is don’t,” he continued. “We maintain the right to defend ourselves and we won’t hesitate to take the appropriate action.”

Blinken, who spent several days meeting with regional leaders in the Middle East, also suggested there was a “likelihood of escalation” while clarifying that no one wants to see Israel forced to respond to hostilities on a second or third front as it fights Hamas.

Blinken said he expects “escalation by Iranian proxies directed against our forces, directed against our personnel,” and added, “We are taking steps to make sure that we can effectively defend our people and respond decisively if we need to.”

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FOX News’ Lawrence Richard contributed to this report.

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