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Trump responds to Iran missile strikes

by Harvest Prude
Posted 1/08/20, 01:04 pm

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump edged back from what many feared was the brink of war with Iran on Wednesday. He said in a televised address that Iran appeared to be “standing down” after an overnight missile strike on U.S. military positions in Iraq. No Americans died in the attack.

Is the United States standing down, too? The president announced new economic sanctions against Iran and called on NATO and the countries involved in the 2015 Iran nuclear deal to work with the United States to bring stability to the Middle East. Trump said that “Iran will never have a nuclear weapon” as long as he is commander-in-chief. He added that economic sanctions would stay in place until Iran works to “abandon its nuclear ambitions and end its support for terrorism.” The Iranian foreign minister tweeted Wednesday that his country had concluded its attacks and did not seek war after firing more than 20 missiles at two Iraqi bases housing U.S. troops.

Dig deeper: Read WORLD editor in chief Marvin Olasky’s interview with international affairs strategist George Friedman about the U.S. killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani last week.

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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a political reporter for WORLD's Washington Bureau. She is a World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College graduate. Harvest resides in Washington, D.C. Follow her on Twitter @HarvestPrude.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 01/08/2020 01:44 pm

    So Iran fires 20 more missiles (that don’t hurt anyone) then says, “We’re standing down now.”   

    Sort of like the playground bully, once his nose has been bloodied, retreating to a safe distance then flipping you off one more time, to try to preserve the illusion that he’s still tougher than you. 

    Iran is going to keep doing some of the things they have been doing, of course, but from a greater (safer) distance, and perhaps with a little more caution and a lot more deniability. 

    Right now I believe we have the upper hand. But I hope President Trump does not take it as a sign we have won.  Iran’s ayatollahs still believe Allah is on their side.  Iraq is still a mess. All the Al Qaeda/ISIS/you-name-it fanatics are still fanatical. And all over the world, they are still planning destruction, death, and mayhem. 

    And I think I’m finally going to take the time to get my concealed carry permit. 

  •  Xion's picture
    Posted: Thu, 01/09/2020 03:52 am

    What is Iran's ultimate goal?  Here is an excellent article from the Council on Foreign Relations on Religion and Politics in Iran.  

    "In 2005, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran closed a speech at the United Nations with a call for the "mighty Lord" to "hasten the emergence" of Imam Mahdi, a direct descendent of the Prophet Muhammad. Shia Islam holds that the Mahdi, as the redeemer of Islam, will return from hiding to rid the world of injustice."

  • OldMike
    Posted: Fri, 01/10/2020 08:31 pm

    Btw, President Obama authorized 542 drone strikes during his time in office, that resulted in about 3800 deaths. I accidentally found that on Snopes while looking into something else. 

    But of course, Obama’s drone strikes were carefully considered and necessary. President Trump’s, on the other hand, are the result of deranged thinking by an out-of-control illegitimate pretender to the White House.