On Friday, the President said that he called off a retaliatory strike against Iran with just “ten minutes to spare.” Ostensibly the strike (or strikes?) were in response to the Iranian shooting down of an American reconnaissance drone and the recent attack on two oil tankers in the Persian Gulf, which the Administration is convinced were conducted by Iranian naval forces.
In his Tweets* the President expressed concern that as many as one hundred and fifty people could die in the strike(s) and that this cost was not “in proportion” to the shooting down of an unmanned drone. Given that, he called off the attack with minutes to spare and announced that he would try diplomatic pressure to resolve the issue.
Depending on what Media you consume, this was either a foolish thing for the President to do, or it was outrageous or a growing corner of the interwebs feels that his statement is hyperbole. Some mock the “no people on board” comments without context; others praise his discretion and willingness to back away from the abyss.
So where does all of this leave us?
I spent the weekend waiting for one specific piece of information that I believe would confirm or disprove my thoughts on the matter. That specific piece of data never – or at least not yet – has not been made available. That missing point has me wondering about the whole adventure. Frankly, I believe that there was a strike laid on and it was called off at a very late – possibly the last possible – moment.
On Saturday, it was announced that with the Presidents personal approval (just let it rattle around your head for a second), the US was (or had) conducted significant cyberattacks on Iran, specifically targeting their C3 systems that control their anti-air missile defense systems.
That leaves me with more questions than answers and much wondering about what is going to happen next…
*A week ago I told you that the Press Secretary is no longer needed. The Presidents handling of the calling off of the Iran Strike(s) via Twitter supports my hypothesis.
I knew that I wasn’t feeling well last night. I should have stayed home and tried to fight off the effects of this crud, but that would have meant watching the teleprompter voices, so I headed out to a comedy show and had a great time. When I made it home, I took some knock-off Nyquil and headed to bed. And now? Now I am a hurting unit.
So no, I did not watch the teleprompter readers live. I anticipated that I would get plenty of tweets, texts, and posts that would keep me up to date. But I found myself wondering what happened when it basically went silent.
I figured it out this morning while watching the replays and realizing that politicians are not immune from the robot-ification that comes with trying to read a speech off of a teleprompter. Any passion, any feeling, any reason for anybody to pay attention to these blowhards went out the window…
What I came away with is the confirmation that what I said the other day is true: this shutdown has nothing to do with money or morals. It is 100% a power struggle. That’s all it is. One side or the other will eventually blink, and when they do, the other side will shove the knife in between their ribs.
By my unofficial count, yesterday found the word “invasion” being batted about by virtually every Chat Show host in the country and the President during his remarks on the Immigration Crises. With apologies to John, in no way, shape or form does this surprise me. It actually hit me during the break yesterday, but I never got back to it. With the discussion of Wong, we found that one of the three limits placed on Birthright Citizenship is that Invaders, however that might be ultimately defined, is one of the limits. Read the rest of this entry