As the troublemakers in Tehran continue their path toward conflict with the Western World, President Donald Trump may be sending them some purposefully mixed signals.
Despite Iran’s claims of “secret weapons” capable of destroying US military assets with ease, there is little chance that a conflict between those two nations would end with a happy and healthy Iran. The American military force is just that far ahead of the world when it comes to this sort of thing.
For Iran, goading the United States into action is seen as a negotiating tactic on the larger world’s stage – something that Tehran desperately needs to adjust crippling international sanctions.
Perhaps that’s why what seems like a bit of a military blooper last night may have been just part of the art of the deal.
President Trump confirmed early Friday that he called off a retaliatory attack on Iran in response to the downing of a U.S. drone “10 minutes before the strike,” saying the number of expected casualties was not “proportionate” to what Tehran did.
In a stunning tweet thread, the president said the U.S. was “cocked & loaded to retaliate” with plans to hit three sites, but he reversed course after asking military leaders about how many would be killed.
The President gave benevolence as his reason for the reversal.
“… I asked, how many will die. 150 people, sir, was the answer from a General. 10 minutes before the strike I stopped it, not … proportionate to shooting down an unmanned drone. I am in no hurry, our Military is rebuilt, new, and ready to go, by far the best in the world,” Trump said. “Sanctions are biting & more added last night. Iran can NEVER have Nuclear Weapons, not against the USA, and not against the WORLD!”
Iran may promote some propaganda now, saying that President Trump is “weak” or the such, but we may be overlooking the bigger message here: Tehran now understands just how close they were to experiencing the brunt of the US military.
The ball is in their court, now.
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