Trump and his administration have been laser-focused on Iran lately as they search and prod for any reason to keep up the endless war in the Middle East. Today, everyone is abuzz about a U.S. drone plane that was shot down by Iran’s defense. Now there’s a big argument over whether the drone was in Iranian airspace or not. Iran says it was, the U.S. says it wasn’t, let’s call the whole thing off.
Donald Trump initially responded with a vague yet threatening tweet.
Iran made a very big mistake!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 20, 2019
This could easily be interpreted in a threatening tone, yet White House reporters are saying that he may have meant it literally.
Turns out that what POTUS meant was that this was just a terrible error. "I find it hard to believe that it was intentional,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office just now. https://t.co/ntU29yQodi— Michael C. Bender (@MichaelCBender) June 20, 2019
According to CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins, Trump seems to be backing off of this incident, saying that the drone was shot down over international waters and pointing out that drones do not contain people.
What’s with the sudden pivot? Oh wait, Vladimir Putin responded to the incident and told Trump to back off?
AP: Russian President Vladimir Putin is warning the U.S. against using force on Iran, saying it would have catastrophic consequences.— Jesse Rodriguez (@JesseRodriguez) June 20, 2019
That’s… good? What’s worse, war with Iran or the fact that our President’s entire foreign policy is subject to the whim of the President of Russia?
Either way, the White House has already invited “congressional leaders” to the Situation Room this afternoon to discuss what happened. Meetings in the Situation Room are not what you want if you don’t want to go to war.
BREAKING: White House invites congressional leaders to Situation Room briefing on Iran https://t.co/xTXwjAqs6I— POLITICO (@politico) June 20, 2019
Plus, many conservatives are still wanting to run with this drone-shooting thing as an excuse for war, clearly.
No nation should be allowed to attacks ships/drones w impunity. If the world does nothing, that nation - Iran - will do more of it. The US, and ideally its allies, should sink a small number of unmanned Iranian military ships. A surgical strike sends a message Iran needs to hear.— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) June 20, 2019
This was an unprovoked attack by the Iranians on a U.S. surveillance asset in international airspace. Watch how many “experts” not only blame US but promote the Iranian regimes narrative that the drone was over Iranian airspace when it wasn’t.https://t.co/3jWqqbbtYa— Nick Short (@PoliticalShort) June 20, 2019
The blame for the current situation lies with the Ayatollah and his murderous henchmen, NOT the United States.— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) June 20, 2019
The Iranian attack against an American drone, combined with Iranian proxies firing missiles into Saudi Arabia, is further escalation of an already tense situation.
Others are speculating whether or not the Trump administration is looking for any excuse to start a war with Iran because presidential poll numbers almost always go up when we start yet another war (at least, that’s the conventional wisdom), and, obviously, there’s an election coming up. In fact, who was it who was so concerned that former President Barack Obama was going to start a war with Iran to help his reelection campaign? Oh yeah.
In order to get elected, @BarackObama will start a war with Iran.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2011
There’s always a tweet.
But even though Obama didn’t do it, many presidents have overseen administrations that clearly escalated aggression against countries they wanted to invade and then when said countries defend themselves, call them the aggressors and use it as an excuse for war. Educated people are not falling for it.
Let's be clear: The Trump admin sent a drone into what Iran says was its sovereign airspace. The US knew Iran would shoot it down in self-defense—but the US gov also knew the corporate media would obediently portray this as Iranian "escalation," helping justify Trump's aggression— Ben Norton (@BenjaminNorton) June 20, 2019
I have a hard time believing the Iranian government would work this hard just to provide Trump with a justification to destroy their country.— John Iadarola (@johniadarola) June 20, 2019
Um... no, I'm saying that Iran shooting down a drone in its own airspace is absent of rationale to start a war with them, especially in light of us killing 300 innocent Iranians in a commercial airliner that was flying over Iranian waters. This is not complicated. https://t.co/kL0LBGmF4P— Charlotte Clymer????️???? (@cmclymer) June 20, 2019
The US wants Iran to retaliate. It's an excuse for war.— Emma Vigeland (@EmmaVigeland) June 20, 2019
That's why we're pretending it's a foregone conclusion that Iran attacked those tankers, without evidence.
That's why we're pretending we wouldn't also shoot down an Iranian drone if it came anywhere near our airspace.
1988 :: US Missile Downs Iranian Jet With 290 On Board— indianhistorypics (@IndiaHistorypic) June 20, 2019
Mistake , Says Reagan pic.twitter.com/dXRyghtnnB
Iran shooting down a US military drone isn't remotely surprising:— Secular Talk (@KyleKulinski) June 20, 2019
- US pulled out of the nuclear agreement
- US slapped illegal sanctions on Iran (including on medicine)
- US is forcing Iranian oil exports (which shore up their economy) to 0
- Iran says US violated their airspace
Says the guy who ripped up the Iranian deal and said that he would negotiate a better one.— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) June 20, 2019
Now you're just trying to force us into yet ANOTHER unnecessary war.
Strap on a helmet and a flak jacket. YOU FIRST, Cadet Bonespurs.
Breaking: American special forces have found what are believed to be fragments of an Iranian "porcelain bomb" on the parquet floor of the Japanese oil liner. pic.twitter.com/FCPJOZrtrZ— Han Dodges ????????????✌️ (@Satiresocialist) June 20, 2019
Iran shot down a U.S. drone, both nations said, escalating tensions. They disagreed on whether the aircraft violated Iranian airspace. pic.twitter.com/6pwQx8f1OZ— Diane Askwyth (@dianerocks52) June 20, 2019
Too bad there are so many poorly-educated people in this country. But maybe Putin will save us from another war? Man, this timeline is weird.
Trump said it is documented that the US drone was over international waters. He added it would have made a big difference if the drone was manned.— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) June 20, 2019