Friday, June 21, 2019

Did you catch the wording Trump used in the explanation of why he denied the strike....

via CNN.
"We were cocked & loaded to retaliate last night on 3 different sights (sic) when I asked, how many will die. 150 people, sir, was the answer from a General," Trump tweeted. "10 minutes before the strike I stopped it."

"I thought about it for a second and I said, you know what, they shot down an unmanned drone, plane, whatever you want to call it, and here we are sitting with a 150 dead people that would have taken place probably within a half an hour after I said go ahead, and I didn't like it, I didn't think, I didn't think it was proportionate," he said.
"Nothing was green lighted until the very end because things change," Trump added. "We had something ready to go subject to my approval," he added, saying planes were not in the air when he ordered the pull back, but "would have been pretty soon," Trump said.

Story here. 

A few things...

*  Did you notice what Trump said?  I'm not gonna try and dig deep because he often uses imprecise wording.  But the highlighted quote is telling.  150 dead people within an half an hour after I said go ahead.  Does that mean this was going to be a much larger strike than anyone on this blog (in the comments) has talked about?

*  I notice that Trump is taking heat from both sides.  Curiously there is a wing of the Party that is still wanting to strike at Iran.  Despite us being involved all over the region he is taking heat from this wing for not launching punitive strikes now.  He's also getting heat from Pelosi and company who are complaining that they weren't briefed about a strike before it happened.

*  For those that want immediate air strikes, what is the end game?  Do you think we've prepared for a larger conflict if Iran suddenly activates all its proxies in the region?  Do you think our allies in the region are prepared for the sudden flare up in attacks?

*  For those that don't want strikes what is your end game?  How much pain do we take before we decide that enough is enough?  Iran is obviously seeking to provoke a strike.  When do we say that we absorbed enough nonsense and its time to deter further aggression?

So many few answers...

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