My analysis skills lag at this time of night, but we might as well get it out there: The New York Times, and now ABC News, say that a strike was ordered on a number of Iranian military targets, and the President called it off when the planes were in the air.
This is the action of a deeply incompetent person, surrounded by those seeking their own agendas by toadying up to him. He is operating in a vacuum of advice, having downgraded his initially worthless cabinet to a bunch of people desperate for power and willing to abase themselves in acting position.
This is a deeply insane situation. Thank god he called it off, if that’s really what happened. But we have a broken policy making process, no sec def and we’re relying on the caution of Donald Trump to avoid catastrophic decisions. https://t.co/BLcjjg4geg
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) June 21, 2019
If true, good that Trump pulled back from a strike on Iran. I’m like 99% sure whatever reason he stopped was dumb and that he won’t learn any lesson about whose advice is good and whose advice is so bad they should be fired.
— Josh Rosenau (@JoshRosenau) June 21, 2019
Think back to Trump’s campaign.
He vacillated between being a tough-guy against Muslim adversaries and promising to stay out of stupid wars.
As President, Trump has still not resolved this tension in his Mideast policy.
But the conflict with #Iran is forcing him to choose.
— Max Abrahms (@MaxAbrahms) June 21, 2019
I don’t buy this. Trump’s team is trying to have it both ways — acting restrained but talking tough. This is pretty much what Nixon did in 1969, too. Why not just admit that sometimes restraint is smart?https://t.co/LZMeZAoYOD
— Jeffrey Lewis (@ArmsControlWonk) June 21, 2019
the thing about trying to message with missiles and robots is that it's extremely hard under the best of circumstances and very open to misinterpretation.
Diplpmacy, at least, uses words. https://t.co/wGTKjYdj4u
— Kelsey D. Atherton (@AthertonKD) June 21, 2019
Donald Trump appears to be the only thing standing between John Bolton and the war with Iran he has been demanding for more than a decade. That's how bad things are. We're on the verge of another potentially catastrophic war and DONALD TRUMP is the grownup in the room
— Peter Beinart (@PeterBeinart) June 21, 2019