Standoffs With Iran Test Trump’s Resolve to Use Military Force
President Trump’s decision to call off an airstrike on Iran in June looms large now as he weighs how to respond to attacks on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia blamed on Tehran.
Every senior member of Trump's national security team advised him to carry out military strikes against Iran. Not a single voice in favor of diplomacy.
David D. Kirkpatrick
Deep inside the Oval Office on a pivotal day for the US & Iran: An Abrupt Move That Stunned Aides: Inside Trump’s Aborted Attack on Iran
Trump finds himself back where he was in June, wrestling with the consequences of using force or avoiding it, except now Iran is accused of an even more brazen provocation with the stakes ever higher.
Reminder that Trump, for all his flaws, is saner than most people in Washington's foreign policy establishment.
Like I said, “Trump must have something in his eye because he keeps blinking.” In
NYT: before canceling the Iran attack he “convened a dozen congressional leaders in the Situation Room” and “rambled on about how bad Obama’s deal had been and insisted over and over—a dozen times—that his pressure would force Iran to the bargaining table.”
Trump’s best moments as president generally involve recognizing that the team he’s hired is full of terrible people. But what if he ... didn’t hire them?
"How much Mr. Trump was paying attention to that part of the briefing or what he absorbed was not clear in hindsight to some officials."
Liana (LeChuck You) Kerzner
This is at the core of what I don't like about Trump. He's indecisive and weak, and those are poor qualities in a leader. His stupid comments, bigotries, and poor treatment of immigrants all spring from the fact that at his core, he is a coward.
"The advisers were stunned ... when Mr. Trump took to Twitter to reveal that he had been 'cocked and loaded' for a strike and then called it off. ... [He] risked making it look like he had blinked. The moment was all too reminiscent to them of Mr. Obama."
Let me comment on this in a way boomers will understand: This is no way to run a railroad.
A Trump friend on the president: "People underestimate how much emotionally he does not like the idea of Americans dying needlessly." Oh, HE'S the one.
Really interesting stuff.