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2019-06-23 Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Iran Calls Trump's Bluff The President is caught between hawkish goals and dovish means.
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Posted by Besoeker 2019-06-23 08:27|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [309 views ]  Top

#1 I'm still holding with my 'Iran shoots down a commercial airliner and blames the U.S.' theory.

Posted by Besoeker 2019-06-23 08:30||   2019-06-23 08:30|| Front Page Top

#2 See reporting by General Jack Keane. He insisted that he knew what had occurred and that the president had received last minute information that Iranian powers were furious that the attack threatened a devastating attack by the US.
Posted by Chereting Pelosi1889 2019-06-23 08:52||   2019-06-23 08:52|| Front Page Top

#3 tl;dr: Yet another Orange Man Bad/Trump is stupid and clueless. Yawn.

the president had received last minute information that Iranian powers were furious that the attack threatened a devastating attack by the US.

*This* I find interesting. And surprisingly plausible.
Posted by SteveS 2019-06-23 09:50||   2019-06-23 09:50|| Front Page Top

#4 As another Murdoch organ, I don't expect WSJ to be any less biased than the worst faces on FauxNews these days.
Posted by M. Murcek 2019-06-23 10:48||   2019-06-23 10:48|| Front Page Top

#5 Actually, he appears he's caught between using non-violent means to deal with Iran or go full 'Jacksonian' on their ass. No half way or incremental proportional response games.
Posted by Procopius2k 2019-06-23 11:47||   2019-06-23 11:47|| Front Page Top

#6 The great weakness of Donald Trump’s foreign policy is its volatility. He is unpredictable
That may be a feature, not a bug.
Posted by Glenmore 2019-06-23 11:58||   2019-06-23 11:58|| Front Page Top

#7 He did the exactly right thing here.
Posted by newc 2019-06-23 14:06||   2019-06-23 14:06|| Front Page Top

#8 He did the exactly right thing here.
Posted by newc

My belief as well.
Posted by Besoeker 2019-06-23 14:27||   2019-06-23 14:27|| Front Page Top

#9 As far as the Democrats and the MSM are concerned, Trump was damned if he did and damned if he didn't. They had condemnations for all eventualities ready to go whatever he did.
Posted by Abu Uluque 2019-06-23 15:06||   2019-06-23 15:06|| Front Page Top

#10 Trump might have made a mistake here.

If so it would be a very small mistake compared to the Bush administration's massively inconsistent messaging after 9/11.

The sanctions are still in place and they're hurting and impeding Iran, which is good.

Iran now has even less reason to feel deterred, which is not so good.

Interesting times.
Posted by Elmerert Hupens2660 2019-06-23 15:08||   2019-06-23 15:08|| Front Page Top

#11 very small mistake compared to the Bush administration's
Which were trivial compared with Obama's (or Carter's.)
Posted by Glenmore 2019-06-23 15:16||   2019-06-23 15:16|| Front Page Top

#12 I think he made a mistake - in announcing impending retaliation, and then rescinding it - but I don't know the whole story, and if there's a mistake in it, it is a minor one. I don't think it was the right time to make a massive military retaliation, and as long as there is continuing strong political and economic 'retaliation' I will continue to hold that position. Cost-wise, just the price of the cruise missiles that would be launched would be more than the drone lost.
Posted by Glenmore 2019-06-23 15:22||   2019-06-23 15:22|| Front Page Top

#13 How well would you sleep, manning an IRGC base in Syria?
Posted by Frank G 2019-06-23 16:17||   2019-06-23 16:17|| Front Page Top

#14 What if this was intended to focus world attention here rather than somewhere else? I would not be surprised if we’re seeing a neat bit of Trump sleight of hand...
Posted by trailing wife 2019-06-23 16:45||   2019-06-23 16:45|| Front Page Top

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