President Donald Trump is talking tough on Iran right now, with a military strike reportedly on the table, but prior to his election, he warned against his predecessor going to war with Iran to boost his re-election chances.
Trump speculated in a series of Tweets that Obama would “play the Iran card in order to start a war in order to get elected” and that the former president would “someday attack Iran in order to show how tough he is.”
While Trump’s predictions never quite came to fruition, he now finds himself in a similar situation as the one he described. Trump has a hotly-contested election coming up next year, and is on the precipice of a war with Iran.
Trump administration officials are admitting that bombing Iran is now a real possibility after they were attributed by U.S. intelligence as the culprit of oil tanker attacks in the Gulf of Oman last week.
“We don’t take it lightly,” Trump said last week on “Fox and Friends” about Iran. “They are a nation of terror and they’ve changed a lot since I’ve been president, I can tell you. They were unstoppable and now they are in deep, deep trouble.”
“The United States is considering a full range of options. We have briefed the President a couple of times, we’ll continue to keep him updated. We are confident that we can take a set of actions that can restore deterrence which is our mission set,” Pompeo said this weekend on “Face the Nation.”
While the Trump administration gets more hawkish toward Iran, top Trump allies in Congress – Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) – are warning the President not to get bogged down in another forever war.
“One of the things I like about President Trump is that he said the Iraq War was a mistake. I think an Iran war would be even a bigger mistake than the Iraq War. We lost over 4,000 soldiers over there. I don’t think we need to get involved in another war.” Paul said on Fox News.
“Now if a ship is shooting at you, you can return fire. You can defend yourselves. But to go and retaliate and say, ‘oh we’re going to blow up one of their naval ships or we’re going to drop a bomb on Tehran,’ … No, those are completely wrong-headed and unconstitutional ideas.” Paul added.
Japanese and Norwegian vessels were attacked. If these nations aren’t calling for war, neither should the U.S. We can’t afford another #ForeverWar.
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) June 16, 2019
“‘America First’ means protecting our border from the ‘Gulf Cartel’ before avenging foreign vessels in the Gulf of Oman,” Gaetz said in a follow-up tweet.
Trump would be wise to take his own advice, and avoid another costly military intervention in Iran that could possibly be an even bigger disaster than what happened in Iraq.
“I Needed to do Something:” Army Soldier Stops Armed Gunman on Kansas/Missouri Bridge
Master Sergeant David Royer likely saved lives.
A U.S. Army soldier driving across a bridge between Kansas and Missouri likely saved lives when he neutralized an armed, active shooter with his vehicle on Wednesday.
Leavenworth, Kansas Police Chief Patrick Kitchens said that Master Sergeant David Royer’s actions on the Centennial Bridge were “absolutely heroic.”
Royer, who is stationed at Fort Leavenworth, recounted the incident during a press conference outside the installation on Thursday. He had been driving across the bridge when he saw a man firing a rifle at oncoming traffic in a random fashion. Police initially suspected that the man was engaging in road-rage style violence, but authorities now believe the unnamed man was indiscriminately firing upon vehicles crossing the bridge.
“As the investigation unfolded, we learned this was an active shooter with multiple weapons on the bridge firing at cars with no particular association,” recounted the police chief.
“I knew people’s lives were in danger. I needed to do something. My military training kicked in. So, I took action as I saw appropriate, and I just knew I had to do something,” stated Royer during his remarks at Leavenworth on Thursday.
Royer states that he rammed into the shooter with his truck, pinning the gunman under his vehicle. The man wasn’t killed, and Kansas authorities are expected to announce criminal charges against the suspect within a few days.
Multiple cars had been shot by the gunman, and one individual- also an active-duty soldier at Fort Leavenworth- was injured. Royer is comparing the incident to some of his military experiences in high-stress environments, including a service assignment to Guatanamo Bay earlier in his career.
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