President Trump Cancels Disproportionate Counter-Attack on Iran…

Lots of differing opinion on the decision by POTUS to cancel a retaliatory strike against Iran.  Some praise and some criticize.   Here’s President Trump’s reason for cancelling the strike against Iran:

As it relates to the Trump doctrine, CTH would note any current ally of the U.S; and/or any entity engaged with significant economic interests attached to the U.S; including any EU entity who might have previously been skirting the sanctions against Iran (think Turkey); would now be very cautious about appearing on President Trump and Secretary Mnuchin’s proverbial radar.

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427 Responses to President Trump Cancels Disproportionate Counter-Attack on Iran…

  1. ATheoK says:

    Iran attacks multiple commercial ships over weeks with limpet mines.
    Destroys ships, product and harms/kills sailors.

    USA puts up a $200 million surveillance drone flying at 11,000 feet in international territory. To try and spot the Iranian sabotage teams and ships.

    Iran shoots down the surveillance drone. Celebrates and snarks.
    This situation is well past adolescents in Iran calling us names and yelling ‘Nyah Nyah Nyah’.

    President Trump can stop a retaliation strike to save lives; but President Trump needs to teach Iran a lesson. Options are:
    • Destroy Sam/radar installations,
    • Destroy Iran’s uranium concentrating installations,
    • Destroy Iran’s missile construction facilities. Though it is very unlikely that the missile used against our drone was constructed in Iran; Russia, France or China is more likely.
    • Or destroy Iran’s major port facilities for exporting oil.

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    • JohnCarlson says:

      I think President Trump will have about a thousand times better chance of winning reelection without your ‘help’ than with it.

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      • sickconservative says:

        And also doing the right response, everything isn’t about getting into another war at this point.

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        • Joshua2415 says:

          Amen brother.
          I have nothing but praise for President Trump’s decision. I’ve never been more proud of him. There is no need to shed blood over an expensive piece of hardware. President Trump will find away to make the Iranians bleed more than $100 million in cash instead. That would be a proportional response.
          Now if the Iranians start shooting at our Navy ships in international waters, then Katy bar the door. Let them reap the whirlwind.

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          • SSI01 says:

            Doing anything at all to Iran at this point would be counterproductive. We’ve got two regional power allies in the area who are itching each in their own way to thump Iran around a little. Any direct punishment of Iran over this issue should come from them, not us. Saudi Arabia can not ship its oil through the SOH until this impasse is resolved. That gives them an incentive to act. The nations that desperately need that oil and can send a naval presence to the area need to do so, and at once. Let them fight to open up the SOH.

            I thought POTUS said we are now ENERGY INDEPENDENT. If true that should mean we don’t have a dog in this fight. If it’s NOT true, we need an immediate and detailed explanation from POTUS about why he told us that. Not one more dead American in the Middle East. Remember – no matter now much the airborne robot costs, it’s STILL cheaper than a human life. They’re sent in harm’s way so we don’t have hostage incidents, which is exactly what we would have right now if a manned aircraft had been sent on that mission instead. You can expect to lose a few of these things. From now on the US will use drones with very good stealth capabilities we don’t know about yet.

            In the PG, the US should restrict itself to acquiring targeting information on Iranian targets for its own cruise missiles and remotely-piloted vehicles – and stealth aircraft – and for those of our allies. Our more active measures should be taken to help protect Israel, which we can count on being attacked by a shower of IRBMs from Iran. We can assist Israeli air defense with that problem. The Israelis can handle any nuisances they get from Syria or from Lebanon. Any direct attacks by Iranian sleeper cells on the CONUS, once absolutely proven beyond any shadow of a doubt by appropriate investigation after the fact, should be dealt with in the harshest manner possible – and you can read anything into that you want.

            Of course that investigation would have to be conducted by an FBI we can trust to exhaust every conceivable lead and scrap of information available, which might be hard for them to do since so many of them seem to be in revolt against their C-in-C and Chief Law Enforcement Officer of the US, Mr. Barr. We must also believe every single thing the FBI says in that report, which is problematical at best given its recent past conduct and involvement in the nation’s first and, so far, only coup d’etat.

            Some of those nations with a naval presence in the Gulf, or shortly to be there, were also recently involved in providing information to the domestic American powers and agencies that conducted that coup d’etat. While I believe POTUS should back them in their current hour of need, I think a little sit-down meeting with the heads of state of ALL of those nations is in order after this thing is over, to remind those nations of their need for us and our resources. We would like a little something back in return for that aid – like full and complete disclosure of the actions of members of each nation’s intelligence services and how they aided and abetted the coup plotters, plus what info was provided and who provided it. We will in turn provide that info to their head of state once we receive identifiers on those individuals. We should demand harsh punitive action be taken against those individuals, but the exact nature should be left up to those nations involved. Last but certainly not least we should take measures to ensure this fast-and-loose information mining and sharing they conduct has severe braking application made and multiple individuals conducting oversight over it. And not just in the LE and intel communities.

            Rant over.

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      • 3rdday61 says:

        I’m going to say this one more time, for those who are a little slow on the uptake.
        President Trump would win reelection, even if they took him off the ballot.

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    • Geotech says:

      Or, what about sanctioned “piracy”, Take over an Iranian tanker in international waters, well away from Iran. Easy for any Seal team. Take it to a suitable port or anchorage, offload 150 million dollars worth of crude or refined product, and send it on it’s way. Repeat as required to compensate for US losses and other costs. Analogous to the old “letter of marque” idea (which I think is still a legal option).

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    • Ron Jaeger says:

      Take out their refineries and cripple their revenue .

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      • trnathens says:

        For those who are calling for military action, please stop! Listen to what Democrats are saying – they WANT Trump to launch so they can IMMEDIATELY tear him down for so doing, and the press will eat him alive, and his base will fracture.

        And now they’re organizing Iranians to march and call for overthrowing the regime? Where were these people three months ago? Not marching. Why march now? Because the Deep State want Trump to engage militarily, and how can he possibly ignore all those Iranian students here in America who want nothing more than their family members back home to have the same freedom they’ve found!

        Thereby breaking a promise to NOT start/finish/participate in ME wars;

        Thereby killing someone (people always die in military conflict), which is disproportionate to an object being destroyed;

        Thereby taking focus forever off of Spygate

        and Thereby losing re-election;

        But SOROs and the KOCHS, and the other globalists want that kind of destabilizing action, TOO! Because it furthers their effort at limiting the effectiveness of Trump’s global eco-political movement (economic-political).

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    • mcfyre2012 says:

      The Global Hawk is supposed to be flying at 65,000 feet. It was probably taking off from or landing at its base (located on the west side of the Persian Gulf)…and it’s there to spy on Iraq and/or Afghanistan.

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      • SSI01 says:

        I always thought 65K was well within the range of the old SA-2 Dvina, which is what brought down F. G. Powers. Vast improvements have been made since then. That drone is NOT a fast or maneuverable aircraft – something that’s rather long in the tooth could probably bring it down. However, there are other ways of obtaining info we need . . . .

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      • Maquis says:

        Navy operations of this platform are as low as ten thousand feet, I’ve yet to see any data on it’s altitude when it was hit.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      The damages resulting from a retaliatory strike on Iran for capping a drone would be far larger than the price of a drone and Russia and China have already…advised…against it. That shows they’d be ready to stir the waters too with trade and Syria in the mix.

      We had China force down a Navy EP-3 in April, 2001 that was in international waters. Iran forced down (or Russia or maybe China) an RQ-170 drone in 2011. We’ve lost spy planes and ships for decades, many with crews never returned, and we haven’t gone to war over it – why start now, especially considered how thinly we’re stretched?

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    • wlbeattie says:

      May I suggest you read this tweet and watch the attached video.
      It gives me even more confidence in the #US POTUS – VSGP Donald J Trump.

      https://video.foxbusiness.com/v/6050783827001/#sp=show-clips

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  2. TazioNuvolari says:

    It has become blatantly obvious we are in the middle of a deep state operation to bring President Trump down. They truly believed he would take the bait and we would now be at war. They see it as the only way they can cause President Trump to lose the coming election.

    They were already screaming warmonger before anything happened and when it didn’t, they are now trying to portray him as weak and indecisive. They have been all over the internet shilling their cause, even here.

    Expect more, the deep state is a cornered animal and there is nothing more dangerous than an animal when cornered. As I said yesterday, have faith in President Trump.

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    • lolli says:

      👍 tazio

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    • helix35 says:

      So funny to watch the treasonous democrat party and their media allies suddenly become warmongers.

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    • All you have to do is see the crazy reaction today from the media to know the President did the right thing. They are so upset he did not take the bait.

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    • SSI01 says:

      Decisions like that are seldom taken for just one reason. The DS would have done this to embroil Trump in some sort of endless war w/Iran up to and including terror attacks – SERIOUS terror attacks right here in the US – as well as a conflict in the Middle East. It would also have made a positively dandy distraction away from the Spygate probe that is moving slowly but thoroughly toward its inevitable conclusion. Attention has to be taken from that probe no matter the cost in direct dollars, economic losses (Wall Street), or innocent American lives. IT MUST NOT BE ALLOWED TO PROCEED TO ITS CONCLUSION. So, folks, get ready for more and more of this sort of stuff as time goes on. And, since it’s very likely indeed POTUS is going to win re-election in 2020, that means Trump can take the brakes OFF in his last four years, since he won’t be running for re-election, and dig the spurs into the DS operatives in the govt until they bring forth blood. But it also means this stuff will reach its crescendo in the summer and fall of 2020.

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  3. Austin Holdout says:

    Who says we have to respond in the time and place of Iran’s choosing? Or the politicians’ choosing or the media’s choosing? PDJT isn’t like Joex Paux Biden. He doesn’t say “how high?” Every time the media and dem mobs say “jump”

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  4. JustScott says:

    Now I am reading that one of the aircraft that the Iranians claim to have “not shot down” was a Navys P8 Poseidon (surveillance 737).
    https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/us-navys-p-8-poseidon-patrol-plane-has-neat-feature-tracking-land-targets-51537

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  5. jeans2nd says:

    This is another Trumpian head-fake. Heck, POTUS even said so in his fourth tweet.
    Just wait.
    patience…

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  6. GSparrow says:

    I wonder if Tucker Carlson’s rants against going to war have influenced POTUS. I doubt anyone in the WH is making similarly powerful arguments against a “Trump war” in the Middle East. While I fully agree with Tucker about not sending troops into another Mid East quagmire, I also think he and his go to Mid East guru Ret. Col. D. MacGregor overstep their limited “foreign policy and military expertise.” Much of what they promote should (but won’t) be debated away from the ears of America’s enemies who might be emboldened when they hear that POTUS has a strong political and personal desire to avoid war and so on. Kim Jung Un didn’t think so earlier, but is he changing his mind and wondering if he blinked too soon? (I know nuclear weapons production ramps up the stakes)

    Has the Defense Secretary revolving door situation adversely affected military decision making and effective strategies in the area. Stability and expertise in that position seems essential.

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    • JohnCarlson says:

      The Pentagon has provided a lot of “stability” in Afghanistan. They are now in year 18 there and nothing much has changed there in the last 17 years.

      Liked by 5 people

      • Ospreyzone says:

        BINGO.

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      • GSparrow says:

        Excellent point John. That is one very stable and unfortunate quagmire.

        The elimination of the ISIS caliphate is a different Pentagon situation and success. If only the Taliban would behave like ISIS and become a visible mainstream enemy on the flat plains of Afghanistan instead of being an Islamic Guerrilla operation HQ’d in the mountainous terrain, It might end there militarily. Guerrilla armies that can replenish their dead and hide in mountain chains or jungles are often impossible to eradicate.

        It’s the uncertainty about what will happen if the U.S. withdrew all forces. The Taliban would leave their hiding places and become more visible targets again but would the terrorist training facilities and other undesirables reopen for business? Maybe, its time to find out and follow up with punishing surgical strikes if peace talks are impossible.

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      • Joshua2415 says:

        After 18 years of Pentagon provided “stability”, Afghanistan is right back to where it was when the Soviets pulled out in 1989, which was right where it was when the British pulled out in 1919, and right where it will be when we finally have enough sense to tell the Pentagon to stick it and finally get our kids the hell out of there.

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      • Mac says:

        There was never any reason for the US to have any troops in Afghanistan after 2004, when it became clear that Osama Bin Ladin was no longer in that country. The stupid “nation building” was doomed. Afghanistan was still a loose conglomeration of areas controlled by warlords when the Taliban was in power. Nothing has changed. And, because of the logistical problem with supplying troops there, leaving them there without a very good reason was stupid. When Obama came into power, Afghanistan had been adopted by the Dems as the proper war following 9/11. He was stuck with it. Now, the Pentagon has too much invested in Afghanistan to lose face by leaving and watching the Taliban, or some other group or groups to take control.

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    • SharonKinDC says:

      No. Trump is his own man, has been this way forever.

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    • Sofa King says:

      Iran is 10-times the potential mess that Iraq and Afghanistan were, and that’s BEFORE Russia or China step in.

      And Tucker is the only one with brains left on Fox.

      Nice try, armchair general.

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  7. JohnCarlson says:

    CIA’s Creator Came to Regret It … Said the CIA Was a “Government All Its Own” Which Was Destroying Democracy

    President Truman created the CIA. But in the 1970s, he told his biographer, Merle Miller:

    I think [creation of the CIA] was a mistake. And if I’d know what was going to happen, I never would have done it.

    Why, they’ve got an organization over there in Virginia now that is practically the equal of the Pentagon in many ways. And I think I’ve told you, one Pentagon is one too many.

    Now, as nearly as I can make out, those fellows in the CIA don’t just report on wars and the
    like, they go out and make their own, and there’s nobody to keep track of what they’re up to.
    They spend billions of dollars on stirring up trouble so they’ll have something to report on. They’ve become … it’s become a government all of its own and all secret. They don’t have to account to anybody.

    That’s a very dangerous thing in a democratic society, and it’s got to be put a stop to. The people have got a right to know what those birds are up to. And if I was back in the White House, people would know. You see, the way a free government works, there’s got to be a housecleaning every now and again, and I don’t care what branch of the government is involved. Somebody has to keep an eye on things

    And when you can’t do any housecleaning because everything that goes on is a damn secret, why, then we’re on our way to something the Founding Fathers didn’t have in mind. Secrecy and a free, democratic government don’t mix.

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    • CountryDoc says:

      Wow! That is scary and makes so much sense. Even visible programs fed by gubmint money create their own self sustaining heartbeat. Never make budget. Spend the money, make the case for more, squirrel away what you can.

      If you make secrecy a requirement of the program, its like unlimited anonymous crack cocaine to the greedy human spirit, whether individually or collectively. The rare honest patriot who gets in, such an entity suddenly finds all his colleagues preoccupied and unconcerned about the stated mission of the organization. And soon, having an honest patriotic heart is a disqualification for being a member

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    • Rouge1 says:

      Great insight and quotes.

      CIA protects the poppy fields of the ME and funds their black ops with the $$.

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  8. Ospreyzone says:

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. At THIS point, there is only one thing that could derail PDJT’s re-election in 2020. That is the creation of another significant conflict in the Middle East. Everyone with an ounce of intelligence knows this. The Iranians (and US resistance) would sacrifice thousands of lives if it meant that Trump was defeated and business could get back to normal. Remember treepers, there are trillions at stake. Nothing is off the table when it comes to the swamp’s strategy. Support your president – NO ONE else.

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  9. Soldier/Cop/Grunt, Retired says:

    Why after being a soldier/cop from 1960 – 2005 I still find myself taken aback at just how ignorant and/or stupid so many of those occupying positions in politics, the media, academia, etc. still surprises me. Just today listening to the various reactions to the President’s decision not to strike the targets he was provided after Iran’s attack on a US resource only reinforces the opinion I made known to many of my fellow Americans in 1989. The main or predominant theme expressed today regarding the President’s handling of the Iranian situation to date seemed to be everyone wants the President to present a plan by which he will handle the Iranians. Doug Shone filling in for Juan Williams today on FOX News The Five stated: “I just want to see the President’s plan and strategy for dealing with the Iranians and people like them, and I want him to be consistent in handling such matters!” For what it is worth Mr. Shone, one of the principals of war is ‘Surprise’! As a student, educator, and practitioner of the art of warfare (with specialties in the employment of armor and infantry in ground warfare and counter-terrorism) my money is on President Trump to employ his resources at precisely the right time at precisly the right moment.

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    • JohnCarlson says:

      He’s already employing his main resource. It’s called wisdom. It has been evident since he said, “We have spent trillions in the middle east and what have we got for it? Nothing.”

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    • nimrodman says:

      “… and I want him to be consistent in handling such matters!”

      Soldier, I watched that segment and am pretty sure he also said verbatim or the equivalent of:

      “I want predictability!

      Which is – of course – precisely what we don’t want our enemies to have

      Stupidity is certainly not in short supply on the Left

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    • ……..at the right place of his own choosing.

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    • kp says:

      S/C/G, Retired

      Many of the Prophets & Apostles wanted to be alive now (Fig tree Generation) to see how stupid people would really be. They couldn’t believe some of what they had learned. But you, me and all the others were chosen to be alive now. What an honor!

      Thanks for all your service, God bless.

      Luke 10:24 “For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.”

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  10. Mac says:

    Okay, what exactly did Iran gain by shooting down an American drone? Not much. What did they hope to achieve? Perhaps they wanted a “proportional response” from Trump. What would that have accomplished? Perhaps Iran could wrap itself in the victimhood flag and claim that they were standing up to a bully, the US, who attacked them for defending their national integrity. Now, we have a major, probably THE major, world power, showing nearly unbelievable restraint. And this from the man who bombed Syria under questionable circumstances where no US interest was at risk.

    The IRGC commanders, if not the civil leadership, had to be expecting a military reprisal. They are not idiots, after all. They didn’t get one. So, now the ball is back on their side of the court with significant top-spin. Do they continue their provocations? Do they step them up? If they do, what happens? There is a very good chance that the international community will turn against Iran [Germany is already being critical of Iran]. If the Iranians push too hard, they might well lose the support of the Russians. Vlad is not going to war with an international coalition, headed by the US, on behalf of Iran.

    A wait and see attitude, in the matter of using military force, is probably an advantage, in this case.

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    • Iran wants Trump to be defeated in 2020. A strike against Iran would accomplish that. Iran does not mind a bit of collateral damage if it means bringing their friends, the Democrats, back into power.

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    • CountryDoc says:

      Now that the world’s greatest superpower, whose new president has been leaving tracks as a disrupter, has been smacked in the face, and is still standing, looking eye to eye with the Mullahs….

      The appropriate response of Iran is “Oh $h!t”

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  11. 8675310 says:

    If he doesn’t have the stomach to kill our enemies, he needs to get out of the way and let in someone who does. War isn’t flowers and candy. If you don’t kill them, they will kill you.

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  12. Heika says:

    Brilliant smash down by Tucker on Bolton – very good – https://video.foxnews.com/v/6051003481001/?playlist_id=5198073478001#sp=show-clips

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    • JohnCarlson says:

      Bolton told Tucker he (Tucker) was being “simplistic” when Tucker called him on the cost/benefit of the Iraq War. I remember a college prof who used to say “That’s simplistic” every time he couldn’t answer a question … which seemed to be most of the time. I was tempted to say to him, “I can’t think of anything more simplistic than saying ‘That’s simplistic'”, but I didn’t want to flunk the course.

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  13. RightAroundTheBlock says:

    China on the ropes and Oman chumming. NK powerless. Pre G20 set up. Smart to take a pass. Even if you are a great white, some bait you don’t take.

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    • CountryDoc says:

      It’s not the right time. Iran just took a huge emotional withdrawal out of the bank account of the US, and they were already in debt. But now the whole world is staring at Iran, saying, “what were you thinking”. Even Russia will take a step back, pull assets out of the country. No one will want to invest or be present with Iran, when they know our Lion has his senses keen and nostriles flared, and the Eagle is sharpening his talons.

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  14. Texian says:

    As the sun sets today.. I congratulate President Trump on making the right decision.. After all the meetings, briefings, etc. And he still has plenty of options on the table..

    At the end of the day when the sun has set as he sits at the Resolute Desk..

    He alone owns it..

    Not the Secretaries, not the Generals, not the Aides, not the Senate, not the House, not the War Hawks..

    He.. Alone..

    Nobody else..

    Doing the right thing feels damn good.. Doesn’t it Mr. President..

    Now you have more options..

    Steak with ketchup tonight..

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  15. And so it was that a watching world came to understand that who lives or dies in Iran is a decision made by the American President .. not by the leaders of that imprisoned country.

    https://bit.ly/2KxYCEC

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  16. john says:

    Incumbents running on a platform of peace and prosperity do not lose elections. Ever. The actions of Kerry, Feinstein and Iran, with the blessing of the globalists, may explain the entire sequence of events.

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  17. Kelly says:

    The U.S. is in its strongest position in over 50 years due to energy independence achieved with fracking. Although our allies still depend on Mideast oil, the threat of Iran shutting down the Strait of Hormuz has become less dire. As a result, President Trump has far more options and time for dealing strategically with Iran than any of our last six presidents. There is no longer a need for a hasty military response. I agree with the president’s explanation that a military strike with >100 casualties would not have been a proportionate response to the shoot down of an unmanned drone. A Global Hawk does cost in the neighborhood of $200M — a more elegant response to the Iranian provocation might be to seize Iranian financial assets, which would likely be very painful to the Iranian government. This leaves the threat of military force squarely on the table if the Iranians choose to escalate to killing US soldiers/airmen/sailors.

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    • SHV says:

      “The U.S. is in its strongest position in over 50 years due to energy independence achieved with fracking. Although our allies still depend on Mideast oil, the threat of Iran shutting down the Strait of Hormuz has become less dire. ”
      ******
      When I see articles on US energy independence, they always seem to have a picture of an oil rig, which is misleading. US consumes ~20.5 million barrels of “oil” per day and with fracking, produces ~12.5 million barrels per day. So we produce about 1/2 our consumption. Fortunately, Canada supplies 40% of our imports and Saudi Arabia is ~10%.

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  18. belle819 says:

    Personally, I am happy President Trump told the entire world 150 lives were worth more than a multi-million dollar drone. War is not the answer. it kills. Every life matters. perhaps other world leaders will follow his lead

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  19. Southern Trumpette says:

    I am so proud of our President. The psychopathic warhawks would have him kill 150 people to retaliate for a machine being destroyed? Why exactly is our drone over there anyway?

    One of the major reasons I voted for Trump was because he pledged to stop these unending Mideast wars.
    Today, I love Trump more than ever.

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  20. CM-TX says:

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  21. Dan Dan says:

    ICYMI
    Tucker Carlson Opening ‘Washington itching for War’ ‘President Trump thwarts Washington’s Plan for War’

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  22. bluebongo says:

    Iran just unveiled a new SAM system, the Khordad 15th, after having purchased Russian S-300 SAMs then reverse engineering. The S-300 is a highly capable SAM system, as are the countermeasures systems on-board the Navy RQ-4 Triton (Global Hawk) which includes the AN-49 Radar Warning and ALE-50 towed decoy system. These warning systems should have been operating throughout the mission regardless of altitude in that AOR and provided adequate protection against a radar guided threat.

    Was this RQ-4 sacrificial?

    If so, why?

    Was this planned to draw ESGPOTUSDJT into a conflict by deep state military?

    By delaying the strike Trump is both thwarting deep state military, while wearing down Iran….they can’t stay on full alert indefinitely.

    Very shrewd move.

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  23. VinceWhirlwind says:

    President Donald J. Trump is NOT a Very Stable Genius…He’s an Incredibly Stable Genius. An ISG.

    He “turned the other cheek.” He obviously prays, and he did exactly what Jesus would have done. Plus, it only made sense. And it pissed everyone off. And it was my prediction last night as well ;))

    Mr. President, give me a call. Let’s hit the sticks. You’re my kind of people.

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  24. Reloader says:

    Lots of military aircraft have “Nose Art” or slogans painted on.
    This unmanned drone in question?
    “Gulf Of Tonkin.”

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  25. thedoc00 says:

    There is an omission in all the messaging and comments being bandies about. President Trump’s instincts are to act in a way that gains a decision.
    1. He likely also asked, if the airstrike would preclude future attacks. The 100% obvious and only answer in the case of Iran, currently, is NO.
    2. Note, everybody just whips right by the fact that the President asked his questions, “early” in the Strike process and likely while forces were being position in anticipation of an “execute” order. So, this was not “last minute” decision while forces and assets were actually in the middle of the Strike as the domestic enemies of the president’s (and US) would have one believe.
    3. SD is most accurate when he points out the economic pressure is about to be increased and that EU as well as Asian Friends of Iran need to take notice.

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  26. Kent says:

    …looking ahead past this recent kerfuffle with “Iran”…..one wonders what will happen when Khamenei passes away….or possibly prior to that occurrence. There will undoubtedly be quite a bit of political maneuvering and backbiting and such….or possibly, perhaps likely? the IRGC will seize actual control of the government and the rest of the economy it does not already control….or…will the Assembly of Experts exert control over IRGC generals…?????….who knows….my hope is for the undoing of jimmuh cahtahs massively stupid blunder with Iran becoming a responsible world citizen….and hopefully imprisoning the ‘twelver’ factions in the Shia sect….

    Thanks, Jimmy Carter! for all the trouble you have wrought!…sarc off…..

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  27. Mike Dennis says:

    Nice play from DJ — unfortunately though, Iran will see right through it. Pulled back at the last second? Yeah sure. Essentially he’s put them on double secret probation. Eventually though he’s going to have the grab the bull by the….

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