Thursday, June 20, 2019

HOT HOT: US Retaliation Strike Against Iran Was Underway Then Called Off by Trump: Bombers were already in the air got called back.

This is a developing story. Return to this post for updates.


From The New York Times:

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.

As late as 7 p.m., military and diplomatic officials were expecting a strike, after intense discussions and debate at the White House among the president’s top national security officials and congressional leaders, according to multiple senior administration officials involved in or briefed on the deliberations.

Officials said the president had initially approved attacks on a handful of Iranian targets, like radar and missile batteries.

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, the official said.


More from NYT:

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.


Sources tell ABC News the president’s reason for changing course was unclear, but the reversal was against the advice of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton.


Trump Explains Why He Called Off the Strike on Iran at the Last Minute



  1. Wouldn't the "reasonable, proportional response" (terms often used in the Cesspool) be to shoot down the next Iranian drone that flies over the US homeland?

  2. Thank you Donald. There, I said it.

  3. There's a momentary hero somewhere in this story. I'm afraid we may never know who.

  4. With the economy exhibiting real signs of faltering and/or heading into another downturn, Trump needs another war - with Iran, Russia or China - to shore up his prospects to win a second term as president.