Trump suggests Obama is to blame for Iran's attack last night during official speech (VIDEO)
President Donald Trump gave a speech on Wednesday morning, addressing the attacks last night from Iran on Iraqi bases housing American troops.
He reported that there no American or Iraqi casualties, which is a very good thing.
“No Americans were harmed in last night's attack... We suffered no casualties. All of our soldiers are safe and only minimal damage was sustained... Our great American forces are prepared for anything. Iran appears to be standing down…”
This gave Trump the opportunity to further deescalate war tensions on live television. But, instead of doing that, Trump is officially upping his rhetoric against the Iranian regime, while at the same time choosing to temporarily not retaliate militarily against them.
One of his accusations in his short speech, while standing in front of senior military leadership, was to suggest that former President Obama was responsible for last nights attacks. He suggested that the money Obama gave Iran bought the missiles that Iran used. That's a stretch of the imagination, for sure.
Iran gave Trump an obvious opportunity to deescalate. Not only does he decline the chance, he’s ramping up the rhetoric, accusing Obama of aiding terror attacks, and is promising to interfere more in the Middle East.— Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) January 8, 2020
This is a declaration of war without the declaration.
This is what you call chess on the world stage. Trump's speech was thoughtfully prepared through all hours of the night, and it is currently being further analyzed.
The one key takeaway: Trump is trying to use last night's reaction from Iran as further proof to move away from Obama's nuclear deal, even though Iran has already stated they did it because of Trump's attack on their top general. This was a move that previous U.S. president's decided to not take. Now - Iran is saying they will continue their nuclear aspirations. We're right back to where we started, and in even worse shape.
Watch the entire speech below: