The Score: US 10, Iran 0 | 1/14/2020 | Staff
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By any conventional evaluation the United States clearly came out on top in the recent imbroglio with Iran. Put simply, had a Democratic president been in power, the print media, airwaves and internet would have been awash with paeans to the chief executive and his advisors. The series of incidents would be depicted as admirable, an example of balancing restraint and force to achieve national ends. The only reason this is not the accepted narrative in the media, and especially among Democrats is that the impresario of this victory was Donald Trump.

The current “crisis” with Iran began with the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the Obama administration’s Iran nuclear deal. That was a false treaty, implemented by I-got-a-pen-and-a-phone Obama, through executive action that dodged the constitutional requirement of Senate consent, facilitated by a multi-billion dollar bribe to Iran (money that went directly to Iranian Major General Qassem Suleimani’s Quds force.) Having withdrawn from the deal, Trump reimposed American economic sanctions.

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Iran responded by a series of provocations, designed to create a crisis atmosphere that it calculated would pressure Trump to back down. In early May, Iranian operatives detonated small mines on four tankers operating in the Gulf off the UEA. Iran denied involvement. U.S. Navy video released a few days later presented strong evidence otherwise. Despite this, the administration did not respond other than warning Iran.

A month later, having failed get anything more than an up-blip in oil prices from the tanker attack, Iran shot down an unarmed U.S. surveillance drone (June 19.) The next day President Trump ordered and then called off a retaliatory U.S. airstrike. He explained that the action would have killed a large number of Iranian troops, and been disproportionate, thus adopting a trendy and limiting law of war concept, especially popular on the left. Instead,...
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