Last night when I posted in the midst of the Iranian missile attack on our troops in Iraq, it seemed inevitable that the US must respond in kind — with a barrage of missiles aimed at Iranian military targets.
I suspect that President Trump felt the same way, yet this morning Trump announced that the U.S. will refrain from a military response and will instead apply maximum economic pressure on Iran to return to the ranks of civilized nations.
What intervened, besides a good night’s sleep? Well, sleep provided time to see where we are in the light of day, and to be honest it doesn’t look too bad.
Thanks to either good intelligence or superior defensive planning, our troops and our Iraqi partners were apparently able to plan for the attack and avoid any loss of life. The amount of material damage is still not publicly known, but that is entirely secondary. No one wants to go to war over a few busted buildings. It was the likelihood of the loss of human life which made a retaliatory strike seem like a necessity last night. Now, not so much.
By exercising restraint, the President has won a major victory. It will be much harder for his enemies to paint him as a dangerous warmonger and it also keeps our nation’s enemies off balance, never sure how Trump will respond to threats to America.
At this point, the US is far ahead of Iran in the undeclared war of wills. We took out Qassem Soleimani, the head of the Revolutionary Guard and apparently the second most powerful person in Iran, who was responsible for hundred of American deaths and the assault in the US Embassy in Baghdad. What did Iran get in return? Essentially they knocked over a couple of trash cans in the alley — and got to shout loudly that they know where we live.
Fine, we know where you live too, and we will sleep more soundly knowing that Soleimani doesn’t live anywhere any more.
President Trump has once again surprised his enemies — in Tehran and in Washington — and has shown that he does not seek war but that he is not afraid to wield force when necessary. God bless him and this country.
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