by Jim W. Dean, VT Editor
The US command is still standing by its claim of no casualties, which of makes putting out a statement like today more feasible, where only a few days ago Trump was promising a devastating response on 52 targets using “beautiful new weapons”, although he had taken the cultural centers off the list when informed they would be war crimes.
This was followed by, “no Americans were harmed in Tuesday night’s attack and “only minimal damage was sustained at our military bases.”
We will not be shown any photos, and if some appear they will doctored. Damage reports routinely become top secret.
Iran had promised that an attack by the US now would result in an attack on the White House. No one was laughing that off.
New sanctions will not bother Iran, as they would have assumed it was coming. Announcing sanctions, and how hard Treasury moves to enforce them, are two different things.
Trump finished his remarks by speaking directly to the people of Iran. “We want you to have a future, and a great future, one that you deserve,” he said. “The United States is ready to embrace peace with all who seek it.”
Missing from his statement was any claim of how US and Gulf allies blunted most of the attack using superior air defenses.
The UAE had gone further, getting first in line to counsel greater efforts to deescalate the Gulf region, after Iran displayed it could be dispatched in 30 minutes with a hundred of these pinpoint accuracy missiles.
If it does not follow through on ending the Yemen fighting, then the UAE sheikh might catch the nickname of “Trump Little”.
Treated so far with deathly silence in the mass media is any discussion of the failure of US coalition air defense. Some US defense contractors are raiding their liquor cabinets as I type.