The US unilaterally withdrew from the JCPOA (the "Iran nuclear deal") in 2018.
The entire point of the JCPOA, the Iran nuclear deal Trump withdrew from, was to give Iran relief from economic sanctions in exchange for their agreement to not develop nuclear weapons. Trump's own advisers universally confirmed that Iran was complying with it when Trump withdrew https://t.co/ZPsICqz1bx— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) June 22, 2019
A year later, Iran announced that it would partially withdraw from the international agreement. Whereas, under the previous deal, Iran had agreed to sell its excess enriched uranium and heavy water to other countries, now it will keep those materials.
The State Dept has actually called on Iran to abide by the nuclear deal. https://t.co/WJyXFunevs— Liz Sly (@LizSly) June 18, 2019
In June, Iran shot down a $200 million U.S. military drone. The U.S. President tweeted:
Iran made a very big mistake!— Unfollow Trump (@UnfollowTrump) June 20, 2019
Once upon a time, war had to be authorized by Congress, but now everyone knows it's just the president's decision. Will America go to war? Americans will find out!
Ships and planes were in motion, and then:
Breaking News: President Trump said the U.S. military was “cocked and loaded” for a strike against Iran but he called it off when told 150 people would die https://t.co/1DD1WLodW0— The New York Times (@nytimes) June 21, 2019
JUST IN: "10 minutes before the strike I stopped it," Pres. Trump says of military strike ordered on Iran late Thursday, calling it "not proportionate to shooting down an unmanned drone."— ABC News (@ABC) June 21, 2019
"I am in no hurry," the president tweets. https://t.co/YS3duhtqmM pic.twitter.com/EnER6oWLq7
Supposedly, it was a White House lawyer — not a military official — who provided the "150" casualty figure to Trump. The number represented a "worst case scenario."
First of all, ordering a disproportionate strike and then backing off upon realizing it's disproportionate isn't a great moral achievement.
Only Donald Trump would brag about deciding not to murder 150 people over a drone getting shot down.— Adam Best (@adamcbest) June 21, 2019
Secondly, it isn't plausible that Trump would back off for moral concerns, given what we know about his character.
If you think Trump called off last night's strike in Iran because he was worried about dead Muslim soldiers you really haven't been paying attention to the America Channel for the last four years— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) June 21, 2019
Thirdly, this story is not plausible given how the military functions. The military is always aware of potential casualties. They don't bring them up as a "by the way" ten minutes before they open fire.
That’s right— Gen Michael Hayden (@GenMhayden) June 21, 2019
Dear media,— Ryan Goodman (@rgoodlaw) June 21, 2019
Ask Trump, admin spox, Trump surrogates,
So, the President says the US military approved an operation with disproportionate casualties and didn’t tell the President until he asked 10-30 mins before the op?
I was Special Counsel @DeptofDefense. I’ll bet he’s lying.
I'm no expert at all but those who are: Shouldn't the president have a loss of life assessment well before the planes are in the air and bombs ready to fall?— Ben White (@morningmoneyben) June 21, 2019
"Something's wrong there," Shep Smith said during a Fox News segment on June 21. Chris Wallace said, "I talked to a former top national security official in an earlier Republican administration who says this just doesn't add up...The timeline for when he learned information and when he decided to act doesn't make a lot of sense....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."
So how did he decide?
The New York Times reports that Trump sought out the advice of Fox personality Tucker Carlson. Later that night, Carlson said on-air that a strike would have been catastrophic.
Love it when US miltiary decisions depend on whether the president watches the 8pm Fox show or the 9pm show.— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) June 21, 2019
Here's Trump's real reason for callin' off the Iran counter-strike. Trump's the best investment Putin ever made. https://t.co/np5B5AXSjG— Tea Pain (@TeaPainUSA) June 21, 2019
Zachary B. Wolf wrote for CNN on June 23, 2019:
Recall that early in Trump's presidency he surrounded himself with former generals — James Mattis at the Pentagon, Michael Flynn and then H.R. McMaster as National Security Adviser, and John Kelly first as DHS Secretary and then as White House chief of staff.
All of them are gone now.
Flynn was dismissed for lying about Russia contacts. Kelly had his authority undermined and was then pushed out. McMaster quietly exited after not gelling with the President. Mattis resigned without a public word but in spectacular fashion, sending a letter describing his differences with the President.
In the place of generals, and despite his pledges to drain the swamp, Trump has sought out former defense contractors. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, before running for Congress, ran an aerospace company. Outgoing acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan spent a career at Boeing. New Defense nominee and current Secretary of the Army Mark Esper worked at Raytheon.
Only one week previously, the New York Times reported that the Pentagon is reluctant to share information with this president because they expect him to betray the country by leaking the information to foreign adversaries.[See also MSN]
August 30, 2019
The United States of America was not involved in the catastrophic accident during final launch preparations for the Safir SLV Launch at Semnan Launch Site One in Iran. I wish Iran best wishes and good luck in determining what happened at Site One. pic.twitter.com/z0iDj2L0Y3— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 30, 2019