Iran “Standing Down,” Says Trump — But Are They?


( – Alarmist predictions of World War Three receded Wednesday as President Trump announced that Iran appears to be standing down from its hostile posture. While many Democrats are still doing their best to whip up hysteria about the prospects of an expanding conflict, the president defended his decision to eliminate Iran’s leading terror chief and take a hard line with the country’s regime.


While many were alarmed at Iran’s Tuesday night missile attack on military bases in Iraq, where thousands of US troops are based, President Trump played down the prospects of war Wednesday in an address to the American people.

  • The president announced that, following the unsuccessful attack by 22 ballistic missiles on US forces in Iraq, “No Americans were harmed in last night’s attack by the Iranian regime.” He went on, “Iran appears to be standing down, which is a good thing for all parties concerned.”
  • Meanwhile, there was no sign of Iran taking any further action. While the country’s ruling ayatollahs talked up the missile attacks and claimed dozens of Americans had been killed, there were no follow-on attacks. Two rocket impacts were reported in Baghdad’s Green Zone Wednesday afternoon, but these were probably short-ranged weapons fired by insurgents inside Iraq.
  • A leading pro-Iranian cleric in Iraq, Muqtada al-Sadr, called on his followers not to attack Americans and “to shut down the extremist voices of some rogue elements until all political, parliamentary and international methods have been exhausted.”
  • This is a significant development because al-Sadr’s followers in the so-called “Mahdi Army” played a major role in the Iraq insurgency in the years following Saddam Hussein’s overthrow. Al-Sadr has been closely linked with Iran for decades, but now he seems to be distancing himself from hardliners in Tehran.
  • Trump may have been clear that he doesn’t want any more military escalation, but he also left no doubt that he’s had enough of Iran’s aggression. He announced that he will impose further sanctions on the regime “until Iran changes its behavior,” and urged other countries to quit the moribund nuclear deal that Iran has already vowed to ignore.
  • “Iran must abandon its nuclear ambitions and end its support for terrorism,” Trump said, before concluding on a positive note. “The fact that we have this great military and equipment, however, does not mean we need to use it. … We do not want to use it. The U.S. is ready to embrace peace with all who seek it.”

Thankfully all has been quiet since Wednesday. We pray that continues to be the case.

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