“Planes were in the air and ships were in position, but no missiles had been fired when word came to stand down.”
Breaking News: President Trump pulled back from strikes against Iran late Thursday, hours after approving them in retaliation for the downing of a U.S. drone
Trump approved a strike on Iran to be launched tonight in retaliation for drone shutdown but then abruptly changed his mind and pulled back.
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.
Donald Trump promised to bring our troops home. Instead he has pulled out of a deal that was working and instigated another unnecessary conflict. There is no justification for further escalating this crisis—we need to step back from the brink of war.
SCOOP: approved a strike against Iran today, but pulled back later in the evening, even as the military was poised to launch. Our story
This will get out of control. This will get out of control and we'll be lucky to live through it.
There's a lot we don't know: "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."
1. Why withdraw from the Iran deal when your own State Department certified they were in compliance? 2. What did you expect Iran to do after the withdrawal? 3. Why order a military strike on Iran over a drone? 4. Why order an attack and then cancel it?
Why would “multiple senior administration officials involved in or briefed on the deliberations” leak this information? If accurate, it humiliates Trump. Are sources trying force Trump to escalate? Bolton, Bibi, and MbS want this. DoD and Putin don’t.
NEWS: President Trump approved a military strike against Iranian targets earlier today and as late as 7:00 PM this evening the operation was still underway. Planes were in the air and ships were in position. For now, it's on hold report
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
Where things stand: Threats, impulse, leaked deliberations in real time, deposed defense secretary, stand-in chief of staff, bellicose-and-antiwar president and a potential conflict w/ Iran that has not been sold, or even explained, to the American people.
Sounds like Trump just had his version of Obama’s Syria red line decision in 2013.
"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."
A war with Iran would be a disaster and lead to endless conflict in the region. Congress must assert its constitutional authority and stop Trump from going to war.
WOW: "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."
NYT: Trump approved today limited strikes on #Iran targets (radars , missile batteries)...but then Abruptly Reversed. Pompeo, Haspel, Bolton were for, Pentagon concerned.
For a president whose foreign policy can be defined as Not-Obama, the parallels between last night’s reversal and Obama’s aborted missile strike on Syria are striking — and may rankle Trump
Trump’s mindset is that threats and an economic squeeze will push any opponent to negotiate - and then he is the master of the deal. Has no idea what to do when this doesn’t work out.
NYT: "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."
New York Times reports that Trump ordered military strikes on Iran — but then the strikes were abruptly pulled back.
This is the real world crisis we feared, knowing this President and his administration are not equipped to make good choices. It’s a self-inflicted crisis, would not be happening if we’d stayed in the JCPOA. Americans have only to lose, nothing to gain.
“Secretary of State Mike Pompeo; John Bolton, the national security adviser; and Gina Haspel, the CIA director, had favored a military response. But top Pentagon officials cautioned that such an action could result in a spiraling escalation” via
You can see this remarkable evening as a microcosm of Trump’s conflicting — critics say incoherent — foreign policy impulses.
Who's the "senior administration official" who wants us to understand the story of what happened last night this way, and why do they want us to understand it this way?
‘Planes were in the air and ships were in position, but no missiles had been fired when word [from Trump] came to stand down.’
Trump Approves Strikes on Iran, but Then Abruptly Pulls Back
so I guess we almost went to war last night while I was asleep????
This is very disturbing. Nothing short of a dereliction.
Trump has assembled a team so bad that he is the voice of caution & restraint on his own team.
New: Trump Approves Strikes on Iran, but Then Abruptly Pulls Back
Our nation has no leadership.
It also remains unclear if the strike will take place in the future.
When you weaponize ignorance and stir in some ADHD, this is what you get. Trump authorizes Iran strike, then aborts it in process.
“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.”
Buried in the news but strikes me as significant. Gina Haspel wanted to hit Iran, too.
This fascist fuck: Trump Approves Strikes on Iran, but Then Abruptly Pulls Back
Control-F “Congressional Authorization for War on Iran” No results. Huh.
I highly doubt there will be a "rally round the flag" boost for Trump if he attacks Iran without cause. And he seems to realize that too.
We will have to wait on additional reporting, but if correct, looks like went full on a red line. Iran will continue its campaign of exporting terror.
Then:naval confrontation kills 1,198 civilians on Lusitania Now: naval confrontation is automated missile downs unmanned drone
Trump Approves Strikes on Iran, but Then Abruptly Pulls Back
"But top Pentagon officials cautioned that such an action could result in a spiraling escalation with risks for American forces in the region."
He's such a shitty leader.
Trump Approves Strikes on Iran, but Then Abruptly Pulls Back