Donald Trump made a major decision to call off a planned military strike on Iran that may have been the most consequential decision of Trump’s presidency.
But two anti-trump Fox News hosts Shep Smith and Chris Wallace just issued this one unthinkable challenge to President Trump.
Hawks – led by National Security Advisor John Bolton – pushed for President Trump to initiate a war with Iran by bombing military targets inside the country after Iran shot down an unmanned drone plane. Even FOX host Sean Hannity was for that.
President Trump explained that he called off the proposed strike just before it was set to take place because the casualty report the military provided said the bombing would have resulted in 150 deaths. The President said that was not a proportional response for Iran shooting down an unmanned robot plane.
“I thought about it for a second and I said, ‘You know what? They shot down an unmanned drone, plane, whatever you want to call it,’” the President told NBC’s “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd during an interview. “And here we are, sitting with 150 dead people that would have taken place probably within a half an hour after I said go ahead. And I didn’t like it.”
I agree. Losing a drone is much cheaper than a trillion dollar war.
This followed a string of tweets where the President detailed how he called off the strike at the last minute after receiving the possible death toll.
President Trump’s account of his decision-making process on calling off the strike set off alarm bells for left-wing journalists. Trump’s decision to pull back from war with Iran was popular so they needed an angle to attack the President to frame the coverage of his decision in the most negative light possible.
So the fake news media centered on Trump’s story about stopping the proposed war ten minutes before it was initiated after receiving a potential casualty report.
I say thank God we have a president who thinks twice before leading us into war. He criticized Iraq and Afghanistan as being endless wars and doesn’t want to get bogged down in another. He’s damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t. If he went to war the left and media would be shouting ‘Trump’s War” and protesting in the streets. When he doesn’t go to war they question why he didn’t go and switched at the last minute. I am betting that Kerry’s interference in our foreign policy gave Iran the idea that they could keep provoking us.
Liberal Fox News hosts Shep Smith and Chris Wallace fumed about President Trump’s quotes during a segment on Smith’s midday show.
“Something’s wrong there,” Smith ranted about Trump telling Todd he only asked for a casualty report ten minutes before the strike.
Wallace doubled down and purposefully focused Fox viewers away from the real news – President Trump stopping the United States from entering another endless war in the Middle East – to nitpick the President’s comments in an effort to drive negative news coverage.
“I talked to a former top national security official in an earlier Republican administration who says this just doesn’t add up,” Wallace told Smith.
“The timeline for when he learned information and when he decided to act doesn’t make a lot of sense,” Wallace added. “Maybe that’s the biggest problem. You could argue: if you don’t want to strike, don’t strike. If you want to strike, do strike — but don’t send mixed messages that confuse not only your enemies, but even your allies and people here in this country.”
Fox News wasn’t the only outlet to try and fool the American people with negative coverage.
CNN also tried to turn President Trump standing up to war hawks into a negative story by zeroing in on some aspects of his retelling of events.
That is a common theme in the Trump era.
The media does not want to run coverage seen as favorable to the President so they fabricate scandals and outrage to drive their preferred narrative. The American people are wise to this which is why so-called news outlets like CNN and MSNBC have ratings in the toilet. Smith and Wallace should go over and join them but I guess this is keeping with Fox’s theme of being fair and balanced, well at least balanced since Wallace and Smith are so blatantly left wing anti-Trump biased it is beyond fair.
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump on Monday signed an executive order imposing “hard-hitting” new sanctions on Iran in response to the downing of an unmanned U.S. drone last week.
“We will continue to increase pressure on Tehran, until the regime abandons its dangerous activities” including its nuclear ambitions, Trump told reporters in the Oval Office. “We do not seek conflict with Iran or any other country,” Trump added. “I can only tell you we cannot ever let Iran have a nuclear weapon.”
The new sanctions deny Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and his office access to key financial resources, according to NBC News. Khamenei’s assets are not spared from the new measures. In addition, the U.S. is sanctioning specific military leaders who were responsible for shooting down the US drone last week, according to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Mnuchin says US is sanctioning specific military leaders who were responsible for shooting down the US drone last week.
Trump had announced over the weekend his plans to slap additional sanctions on Iran to deter the country from obtaining nuclear weapons. The U.S. already has sanctions on Iran’s oil industry and other sectors.
Shortly after Trump signed the order, Mnuchin said that some of the Iranian sanctions were in the works before the drone was shot down. Iran’s Foreign Minister, Javad Zarif, would be sanctioned later this week, he said.
Mnuchin also responded to critics who question the effectiveness of the sanctions. “We’ve literally locked up tens and tens of billions of dollars,” Mnuchin said in the White House briefing room. “These sanctions are highly effective.”
Fresh on the heels of “hard-hitting” new sanctions against its leader and other top government officials, Iran says a path to a diplomatic solution with the U.S. is now closed, raising tensions in the Middle East even further.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani also blasted the sanctions in a televised address as “outrageous and idiotic” because he doesn’t have any assets abroad.
“The White House actions mean it is mentally retarded,” Rouhani said. “Tehran’s strategic patience does not mean we have fear.
“Iran leadership doesn’t understand the words ‘nice’ or ‘compassion,’ they never have. Sadly, the thing they do understand is Strength and Power, and the USA is by far the most powerful Military Force in the world, with 1.5 Trillion Dollars invested over the last two years alone,” Trump tweeted. “The wonderful Iranian people are suffering, and for no reason at all. Their leadership spends all of its money on Terror, and little on anything else.
“The U.S. has not forgotten Iran’s use of IED’s & EFP’s (bombs), which killed 2000 Americans, and wounded many more,” he continued. “Iran’s very ignorant and insulting statement, put out today, only shows that they do not understand reality. Any attack by Iran on anything American will be met with great and overwhelming force. In some areas, overwhelming will mean obliteration. No more John Kerry & Obama!”
Trump is so right here and did the right thing by not attacking them with full military force. You can’t negotiate with terrorists. The only thing they know is force and power when used against them. Trump is trying to be diplomatic about it when he could have sent full force in at the time, but didn’t. They should heed his warning because next time he may not be so nice. They have been warned.