I refuse to withdraw into the fetal position due to past mistakes, Iran needs confrontation in order for it to be kept in check. Europe can continue sucking at its teat if it wants, but US interests will be protected by this president.
TRUMP APPROVES MILITARY STRIKES AGAINST IRAN, PULLS OUT LAST-MINUTE
The US planes were in mid-air and ships were in position when the order to stand-down was given, Reuters reported.
BY JERUSALEM POST STAFF, REUTERS
JUNE 21, 2019 09:10
US President Donald Trump approved military strikes against Iran to be carried out on Friday morning following the downing of a US surveillance drone on Thursday morning, but pulled back from launching the attacks, The New York Times said early Friday.
Planes had already been in the air and ships were ready to strike, but no missiles were fired yet when the order to stand down came, the NYT cited one senior administration official as saying.
Trump’s pullback went against the position of National Security Advisor John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who supported the strike, ABC reported, and came due to the President’s fear of further escalation of the standoff between Iran and the US and the possibility of hurting civilians.
Trump had approved strikes on a handful of targets such as radar and missile batteries, according to several senior administration officials involved in, or briefed on, the deliberations.
The strikes were set to take place just before dawn on Friday to minimize risk to the Iranian military or to civilians, it added.