Trump: “We Were Cocked And Loaded” Before Calling Off Iran Strike

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President Trump tweeted Friday morning that the United States military was “cocked and loaded” for a strike against Iran on Thursday night, but that he reversed himself 10 minutes to ‘go time’ after a general informed him 150 people would probably die in the attack.

I believe the two phrases Glorious Leader was mangling were “locked and loaded” and “guns were cocked.”

From the New York Times:

The president said in a series of tweets just after 9 a.m. that he was prepared to retaliate against three sites in Iran for that country’s shooting down an American drone, but that he was “in no hurry.” He indicated that the death of 150 Iranians would not be “proportionate to shooting down an unmanned drone.”

It was unclear why Mr. Trump would have been getting information about possible casualties so late in the process of launching military action. Such information is typically discussed early in the deliberations between a president and national security officials.

Trump also indicated that new sanctions have been imposed on Iran, but didn’t go into detail.

Folks on both sides of the political spectrum criticized Trump for the strike and reversal.

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming) told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt: “The failure to respond to this kind of direct provocation that we’ve seen now from the Iranians, in particular over the last several weeks, could in fact be a very serious mistake.”

And in the Twitterverse: