New York Times: Missile Strike Damage Appears Limited, but Iran May Not Be Done
"Iran said its bombings in Iraq had “concluded proportionate measures” against the United States, but officials around the region said that did not mean it was done maneuvering."
The overall stated goal of the Iranians is forcing the US military out of Iraq. Until that goal is achieved, the US military may continue to be targeted.
Schmidt Wrote:New York Times: Missile Strike Damage Appears Limited, but Iran May Not Be Done"Iran said its bombings in Iraq had “concluded proportionate measures” against the United States, but officials around the region said that did not mean it was done maneuvering."The overall stated goal of the Iranians is forcing the US military out of Iraq. Until that goal is achieved, the US military may continue to be targeted.
It's difficult to predict exactly what Iran intended with their (apparent) deliberate miss of any US soldiers in their bombing of the two American bases in Iraq. Did Ayatollah Khamenei go this route as a warning to the US that their missiles can hit them wherever they are in Iraq or was this really Iran's only "response" to the assassination of Qassem Soleimani? I have to believe that it's the former and not the latter.
My guess is that Khamenei is playing chess while Donald (and his Republican lapdogs) are playing schoolyard checkers. Khamenei is well aware that the American military is already stretched woefully thin *and* that there is zero appetite in the US for yet another hot war in yet another Middle-Eastern country. What better way to taunt Donald than hit a couple bases to show your reach, but deliberately make it so there's no causalities to at least have an appearance of moderation? That way the international community will have little appetite to rally behind Donald if he makes the decision to escalate this pointless conflict even further.
Schmidt Wrote: I just listened to Trump's statement on the attack yesterday. I just wanted to barf. Same ole threatening rhetoric on Iran. Bragging on himself again...me, me, me. Another version of a Trump rally speech wandering all over the place. He is pathetic.
Dockadams Wrote: IDK Jared, they just yesterday dispatched 6 B52 bombers to that area, and those can be very destructive, they were used in the Viet Nam war primarily carpet bombing. If the US is planning on carpet bombing Iran, they'd better be really careful not to kill innocent Iranians.
I have no doubt how destructive American bombs can be, but I also have no doubt that Americans have zero appetite for a hot war with Iran. I also have little to zero faith that the US would be able to "win" a hot war with Iran.
Iran is huge. Our elementary school geography books and mapmakers have given us a distorted vision of its size. Iran also has a big, modern, and loyal military that is far more capable than the Iraqi military in 2003 (and look how that turned out for us). Add those two things together and war with Iran could very well be catastrophic.
Dutch -- Yes if you consider timeline of events, one could go back several iterations on trump actions. Probably the start would be Trump's withdrawal from the Paris Accord and his new sanctions on Iran. If he had left things alone, none of this would have happened.
However, I suppose the real catalyst was Barack Obama. If Trump wasn't so hell bent on undoing everything Obama did, then none of this would have happened. So blame Obama.
The latest: Quite a few of the soldiers in Iraq who were at the base which was bombed by Iran sustained serious brain injuries, however Trump totally downplayed such as being "nothing".
Veterans of Foreign Wars demands apology from Trump for downplaying brain injuries from Iranian attack
Yes 34 soldiers have been treated for concussions and traumatic brain injuries. Half have returned to work and "eight service members who were previously transported to Germany have been transported to the United States. They will continue to receive treatment in the United States, either at Walter Reed or at their home bases.”
I can appreciate that Trump was misinformed on the original assessment of damage and injuries, but he should know better than to call these updated diagnoses as "headaches". That sounds like a cover up or a refusal to admit he was wrong.
After caving in Trump during the impeachment "trial", the senate finally did something right.
Today, the senate voted 51-44 to limit President Donald Trump's ability to wage war against Iran, rebuking the president after a strike against an Iranian military commander and Tehran's retaliation last month raised fears of broader regional conflict.
Trump has promised a veto. Since the measure does not have a veto-proof 60 votes, he'll probably get his way - again.