For a reason the mullahs will never understand…… “casualties could be up to 150 people.” Planes were scrambled and ships moved into position for an attack early Friday morning, but they ultimately got the order to stand down.
The United States was preparing on Thursday night to launch multiple retaliatory strikes against Iran for shooting down an American spy drone near the Strait of Hormuz, but abruptly stood down, according to anonymous senior administration officials.An operation to attack a list of Iranian targets, including radar and missile batteries, was in its early stages as late as 7 p.m. amid intense debate and strategizing at the White House, the officials said.
Planes were scrambled and ships moved into position for an attack early Friday morning, but were ultimately told to cancel what would have been U.S. President Donald Trump’s third military action in the Middle East. The Trump administration struck targets in Syria in 2017 and 2018. According to The New York Times, which cited anonymous senior administration officials, Trump called off the strikes.
On Thursday morning, an Iranian surface-to-air missile shot down a $130 million U.S. surveillance drone. Iran claimed that the aircraft was in Iranian airspace at the time, but U.S. officials said it was above the Strait of Hormuz in international airspace when it was attacked.
President Trump on his decision to halt the Iran drone strike. pic.twitter.com/PTvcuiAzIv
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) June 21, 2019
President Donald Trump confirmed Friday he pulled back a military strike on Iran after he learned the number of possible casualties.
“We were cocked & loaded to retaliate last night on three different sights (sic),” Trump revealed on Twitter. The attack was planned in retaliation for Iran shooting down a U.S. surveillance drone on Thursday in international waters.
By Charles Spiering, Breitbart, June 20, 2019;
Trump said prior to the strikes he was told by a general the casualties could be up to 150 people.
“Ten minutes before the strike I stopped it, not proportionate to shooting down an unmanned drone,” he wrote.
Trump added that he was in “no hurry” for additional military conflicts with Iran but warned them against obtaining a nuclear weapon.
The president recalled the recent history of the United States relationship with Iran noting that former President Barack Obama “made a desperate and terrible deal” that included over a billion in cash.
“Iran was in big trouble and he bailed them out,” Trump said. “Gave them a free path to Nuclear Weapons, and SOON.”
The president added that Iran continued to shout “Death to America” despite the deal, which he terminated as president.
“They are a much weakened nation today than at the beginning of my Presidency, when they were causing major problems throughout the Middle East,” Trump said. “Now they are Bust!”
The president also discussed his decision on Friday afternoon in an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press.
EXCLUSIVE: In an exclusive interview with Chuck Todd, President Donald Trump says he hadn’t given final approval to Iran strikes, no planes were in the air. pic.twitter.com/qHtTx7Zql5
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) June 21, 2019
President Obama made a desperate and terrible deal with Iran – Gave them 150 Billion Dollars plus I.8 Billion Dollars in CASH! Iran was in big trouble and he bailed them out. Gave them a free path to Nuclear Weapons, and SOON. Instead of saying thank you, Iran yelled…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 21, 2019
….Death to America. I terminated deal, which was not even ratified by Congress, and imposed strong sanctions. They are a much weakened nation today than at the beginning of my Presidency, when they were causing major problems throughout the Middle East. Now they are Bust!….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 21, 2019
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