Trump Orders Then Halts Retaliatory Strike On Iran

Trump Orders Then Halts Retaliatory Strike On Iran

Trump Orders Then Halts Retaliatory Strike On Iran

Trump ordered and then called a halt to a retaliatory strike on Iran yesterday. When the New York Times broke the story last night, all the usual suspects took to the airwaves to complain.

Keep in mind, this was in response to Iran gleefully shooting down a drone over international waters.

This on the heels of the Strait of Hormuz attacks on the tankers that Iran says they were being framed for. If they were being framed, then one would think shooting down a U.S. drone over international waters would be a bad move.

This from the New York Times via Townhall. 

“”President Trump approved military strikes against Iran in retaliation for downing an American surveillance drone, but pulled back from launching them on Thursday night after a day of escalating tensions.

As late as 7 p.m., military and diplomatic officials were expecting a strike, after intense discussions and debate at the White House among the president’s top national security officials and congressional leaders, according to multiple senior administration officials involved in or briefed on the deliberations.

Officials said the president had initially approved attacks on a handful of Iranian targets, like radar and missile batteries.

The operation was underway in its early stages when it was called off, a senior administration official said. Planes were in the air and ships were in position, but no missiles had been fired when word came to stand down, the official said

The abrupt reversal put a halt to what would have been the president’s third military action against targets in the Middle East. Mr. Trump had struck twice at targets in Syria, in 2017 and 2018.

It was not clear whether Mr. Trump simply changed his mind on the strikes or whether the administration altered course because of logistics or strategy. It was also not clear whether the attacks might still go forward.”

No one in the Trump Administration objected to the story being run. Why? As Hot Air’s Jazz Shaw asks, is it a deep state tactic against Trump and officials want to smoke the leakers out? Or is it part of a long game strategy to keep Iran guessing?

Either way, the news of this has the media, Democrats, and former Obama cronies running around clutching pearls.

Ilhan Omar tried lecturing the President via Twitter

Ben Rhodes really should’ve sat this one out

Jake Tapper goes to bat for Iran

The Washington Post really wants the Iran Deal back on the table.

“But if the president really wants peace and stability, he should make a deal with Iran a lot like the one that President Barack Obama negotiated and that Trump was so quick to abandon upon taking office. That agreement was designed to forestall exactly the kind of confrontation the United States and Iran find themselves in now.”

First, the Iran Deal dealt with nukes only. Secondly, the WaPo folks continue to ignore the fact that Iran’s aggression and support of terror groups around the world was augmented by those pallets of cash that the Obama Administration shuttled over in the dead of night. Third, Iran never kept the deal and signaled just last week that they would boost their enriched uranium stockpile within ten days. 

In my opinion, Iran probably surpassed the stockpile limitations long ago, they are just playing word games right now.

And issuing additional threats. I have to wonder if this was one of the other reasons a retaliatory strike was put in motion.

Iran has been going after United States interests directly and indirectly for over 40 years. Obama’s Iran Deal was supposed to fix that, except that the Obama crew willfully ignored the fact that they were negotiating with a true snake in the grass. As Victor Davis Hanson noted yesterday:

“The Iranian theocrats despise the Trump administration. They yearn for the good old days of the Obama administration, when the U.S. agreed to a nuclear deal that all but guaranteed future Iranian nuclear proliferation, ignored Iranian terrorism and sent hundreds of millions of dollars in shakedown payments to the Iranian regime.”

Shooting down our drones and using their terrorist surrogates to attack tanker ships in the Strait of Hormuz is a strategy of desperation.

Feature Photo Credit: An F/A-18F Super Hornet lands on the flight deck of USS Abraham Lincoln, under way in the Arabian Sea, June 2, 2019. (Mass Communication Specialist Third Class Jeff Sherman/US Navy), cropped and modified

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  • GWB says:

    Fourth, it was never a treaty. If 0bama and Valerie Jarret wanted it to last, they should have made it a treaty and submitted it to the Senate for ratification.

    Iran has been going after United States interests directly and indirectly at war with the US for over almost 40 years.

    And I’m still a fan of flying a flight of 4 B-52s packed with Harpoons at about 1,000 feet MSL right through the Strait of Hormuz, and up the Iranian ADIZ, escorted by ECM/SEAD aircraft. Sink one ship in a major harbor. Then hold a press conference that notes only how many Harpoons each of those B-52s carried, Iran really shouldn’t mess with us, and “Have a nice day. No questions.”

  • Recall that President Obama bragged “I’m really good at killing people” referring to drone strikes, according to the Washington Post. President Trump apparently reconsidered a strike after hearing an estimate that 150 people would die.

    I support attacking the Iranian regime; it’s already attacked the U.S. But I have great deal of respect for this sort of restraint and respect for peoples’ lives, even when they are enemy soldiers.

    • GWB says:

      Especially when word is received that the adversary has canned the person responsible because he wasn’t supposed to do that.

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