US President Trump to Address the Nation on Iran Attacks on Two US Military Bases in Iraq 1/8/20 Remarks by President Trump on Iran NATIONAL SECURITY & DEFENSE Issued on: January 8, 2020 Grand Foyer 11:28 A.M. EST END 11:37 A.M. EST Read ...
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President Trump address to nation on January 8, 2020
After watching El presidente Trump deliver his "fashionably late" speech this morning to the American people, this after Iran early yesterday sent missiles attacking two separate American base facilities in Iraq, he refrained from announcing new retaliatory strikes against the Iranian's except for issuing new sanctions against Iran. Other than that it was the usual demonization of the Iranian "regime". After the speech he took no questions from the news people gathered in the audience.
It's early but here's an analysis of what Trump didn't address but is highly significant:
The Iranian missile strikes were extremely accurate.
The intelligence the Iranian's had was also extremely accurate.
Thus the strikes were intended to hit American base facilities in Iraq yet intended to avoid casualties.
The accuracy of the strikes showed Iran could hit any American military targets anywhere in the Middle East including Israel.
Obviously Iran showed restraint and compassion in delivering the strikes. They saw no benefit in killing anyone.
For the immediate future there's likely no additional military action between the US or Iran.
The US bully is unlikely to see Iran as weak because it refrained from killing Americans in the strikes.
Maybe-and it's a big maybe-the US gained respect for Iran knowing Iran could have struck with more deadly intentions but chose not to. Iran chose not to kill American military personnel in the strikes. That's big.
Now whether this "cease fire" will hold is another matter. Other incidents will likely occur provoking one side or the other to accuse the other and we might be right back where we've been the past few days.
Lastly,though Trump withdrew the US from the nuclear agreement with Iran in 2018, the other signatories particularly Britain, France, Germany had to recognize the restraint Iran exhibited in the retaliatory missile strikes it sent into Iraq which caused no fatalities. Maybe now they'll have the gumption to fully honor the nuclear deal with Iran even in the face of US secondary sanctions.