Fox News host Chris Wallace coasted doubt on President Donald Trump’s excuse for canceling a U.S. attack on Iran because of human casualties, after he ordered the attack.
Wallace said any White House discussion about military retaliation would have included human casualties before Trump ordered the strike, not after:
First of all, we know there was a big National Security Council meeting with the president yesterday where they discussed all of this, and usually the Pentagon is very sophisticated in being able say, “here are various target packages, here’s what we would hit, here’s what the collateral damage would be.”
And any discussion of what collateral damage in terms of the debts on the ground would be is discussed at that point before the president gives a new order as to what various targets he wants to hit.
So the idea that 10 minutes before the strike the president says “how many people are going to be killed if we go ahead with those strikes?’” that usually is discussed in depth a great deal before that, hours before that, which raises the question: this is a president who on the one hand talks very tough and has ordered strikes in the past, missile attacks against Syria for the use of chemical weapons but has also made it clear in that photo op yesterday that he does not want to get the U.S. more deeply involved in endless wars.
A war with Iran would be a very ugly and prolonged conflict. So it does raise the question: does the president have the stomach to get deeply involved perhaps in a confrontation with Iran?
(Sources: Fox News, The New York Times)