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Scoot: Trump’s surprising response after Iranian attack

January 08, 2020 - 12:20 pm

The American public, and the world, heard President Trump announce this morning that it appears Iran is “standing down,” and that was welcomed news considering the fear that the Iranian missile attack on Iraqi bases that house U.S. soldiers might have inspired the President to retaliate with military strikes against Iran.

The anticipated “saber-rattling” from President Trump was replaced with strong, but hopeful words that we should work on what we have in common with Iran and that the U.S., France, Germany, China and others can work together with Iran.

President Trump ended his address by saying that the United States is ready to embrace peace with all those who seek it. The President’s approach to the latest tensions with Iran defied the advice of Fox News host Sean Hannity, who said that President Trump should use “the full force” of the U.S. military to retaliate against Iran after the missile attack on bases in Iraq.

Hannity said, “There is a massive price to pay. You don’t get to do what they did tonight. They have now been begging – the president – wanted to talk and wants peace – and they are going to get hit hard. Their hostility will now be met with the full force of the greatest, most advanced, most sophisticated military this world has ever seen.”

President Trump’s address seemed to express measured restraint, rather than a desire to follow the advice of Hannity and those military hawks who are more prone to use our military might.

The President said that the missiles Iran used were paid for by money transferred to Iran when President Obama was in the White House, but some have already said the money used was Iranian money that was unfrozen as part of a deal.

It has even been suggested that Iran had to save face and respond to the killing of Iranian commander Qassim Soleimani but may have purposely avoided targeting U.S. soldiers, which gave President Trump an “off-ramp” on the road to escalation with Iran.

President Trump boasted about how our military has been completely rebuilt under his administration and talked about the quality and accuracy of our weapons. But then Trump said that we do not want to use our military strength. He said we have the military equipment, but we don’t have to use it. This tone contradicted what many believed would be an aggressive speech that would include a promise to attack Iran.

Since he is not of fan of NATO, it was surprising that President Trump asked NATO to get more involved in the Middle East.

President Trump said that Iran can be a great country and we should seek what we have in common with Iran, including a mutual hate for ISIS.

Military hawks must have been deeply disappointed in President Trump’s attitude following the Iranian missile attack on Iraq, and it was encouraging to sense that the President sought the advice of his military leaders and his advisors that understand that the United States need not have a thug-like mentality toward even a country like Iran.

What President Trump said in his address may also be an attempt to attract moderate voters because I’m sure he upset many in his base. But his voter base is secure – he needs to pay attention to the moderate voters that put him in office.

What could easily have been an aggressive attitude toward Iran proved to be a more sensible approach with the idea that use of our incredible military is not always the answer.

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