Following Iran’s ballistic missile attacks on two Iraqi bases housing U.S. troops in retaliation for the killing of its Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani, the president acted with restraint. He didn’t engage in a knee-jerk response by leveling an immediate counterattack which would’ve inflamed tensions with Iran, increasing the risk of war.
To the contrary, the president did what level-headed leaders do in such high-stakes volatile situations. He waited to evaluate the damage following Iran’s missile strikes and assess if any American casualties took place — thankfully there were none — and then consulted with his national security team to formulate an appropriate response.
Addressing the nation from the Grand Foyer of the White House on Wednesday, our commander in chief first and foremost sought to reassure the American people and the world that we’re not on the brink of war with Iran despite the swell of disinformation spread by the #FakeNewsMedia the past 72 hours.
“The American people should be extremely grateful and happy no Americans were harmed,” President Trump said. “We suffered no casualties. Only minimal damage was sustained.”
He added: “Iran appears to be standing down, which is a good thing for all parties concerned and a very good thing for the world.”
The president indicated the U.S. will refrain from further military action, instead opting for additional economic sanctions, giving Iran an off-ramp to avert war. He sent a clear message the U.S. wishes to deescalate tensions.
“The United States is ready to embrace peace with all who seek it,” he said.
A reasonable request given our allies are far more dependent on Middle East oil than we are thanks to the Trump administration’s success in advancing U.S. energy independence.
Although the president made clear he has no desire to start a war with Iran, he also put the world’s leading sponsor of terror on notice — and other foreign adversaries in the wings — that if any nation kills Americans, attacks our embassies or engages in any other hostilities toward the U.S., we will respond forcefully.
The president also said Iran will never acquire a nuclear weapon on his watch.
All the more reason Iran should get over Soleimani’s demise and come back to the negotiating table to advance world peace and enhance its own economic prosperity.
Trump made it clear it’s never too late for diplomacy.