On Thursday night, Pres. Donald Trump reportedly approved a military strike against Iran and with planes in the air and ships in position, the strike was reportedly pulled back at the last minute.
I consider this confirmation of my hypothesis that everything we’ve seen about America’s response to Iran in the last few weeks is all in service of getting the regime to the table to negotiate. Nobody rattles their sabers like the USA, because nobody has sabers as big as the USA.
I think this was worth it to see the media and the Dems (but I repeat myself) out there tomorrow hammering Trump for being a coward. (after spending all day today hammering him for “escalating” the conflict).
President Donald Trump authorized U.S. military strikes against Iran on Thursday, but officials abruptly pulled back from carrying them out just hours later, The New York Times reported.
U.S. military assets, including planes and ships, were in position during the early stages of the strike, ready to target several Iranian assets, the Times, citing senior administration officials, said. But those plans were called off before any missiles were fired. ABC News later corroborated the reports.
The newspaper noted that it’s unclear if the scaling back of the plans reflected a change in opinion by the president or if there was a shift in strategy that necessitated they be delayed. It’s also unclear if they will go forward in the future. [HuffPost]
Trump called off the strikes at the last possible second to show the Iranian regime that unlike Obama, his “red lines” are worth more than a bunch of talking. Secondly, Trump did this tactically because the Left was fully expecting him to strike them, which they could use as a negative-publicity and anti-Trump stunt—his last second pulling away to show he was willing to negotiate and took the entire narrative away from the MSM. Finally, Trump was showing the world at large, especially Russia and China that just because they support Iran does not mean Iran gets to do whatever they want.
Navy Capt. Bill Urban, U.S. Central Command spokesman, said in a statement: “CENTCOM confirms that a U.S. Navy drone was shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile system while operating in international airspace over the Strait of Hormuz at approximately 11:35 p.m. GMT on June 19, 2019. Iranian reports that the aircraft was over Iran are false. This was an unprovoked attack on a U.S. surveillance asset in international airspace.”
Iranian reports that the aircraft was over Iran are false.
This was an unprovoked attack on a U.S. surveillance asset in international airspace. "
– Attributable to Navy Capt. Bill Urban, U.S. Central Command spokesman
— U.S. Central Command (@CENTCOM) June 20, 2019
Rep. Nancy Pelosi said: “In light of the targeting of an unmanned U.S. drone by Iran, it is essential that we remain fully engaged with our allies, recognize that we are not dealing with a responsible adversary & do everything in our power to de-escalate. This is a dangerous, high-tension situation that requires a strong, smart, and strategic, not reckless, approach.”
This is a dangerous, high-tension situation that requires a strong, smart and strategic, not reckless, approach.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) June 20, 2019
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