President Trump confirmed early Friday that he called off a retaliatory strike on Iran citing that the number of casualties expected from the attack would not be “proportionate” to what Iran did. In a thread on Twitter, Trump explained what happened, “… I asked, how many will die. 150 people, sir, was the answer from a General. 10 minutes before the strike I stopped it, not … proportionate to shooting down an unmanned drone. I am in no hurry, our Military is rebuilt, new, and ready to go, by far the best in the world,” Trump said.
“Sanctions are biting & more added last night. Iran can NEVER have Nuclear Weapons, not against the USA, and not against the WORLD!”
….On Monday they shot down an unmanned drone flying in International Waters. We were cocked & loaded to retaliate last night on 3 different sights when I asked, how many will die. 150 people, sir, was the answer from a General. 10 minutes before the strike I stopped it, not….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 21, 2019
This comes after three separate attacks from Iran in the last month and a half. The first and second were on oil tankers and the third was on an unmanned drone. While retaliation against Iran is certainly warranted, it is important for people to understand that tactical retaliations vs strategic plans can call for very different responses that may be difficult to understand.
As much as I rail against politics ruining our warfighting process, I am supportive of President Trump in hopes that his operational sense will prevail and crushing our enemies will take presidency over politics.