Monday, June 24, 2019

DRUMS OF WAR - U.S./Iran On the Brink

"President Trump holds back on strike against missile site" PBS NewsHour 6/21/2019


SUMMARY:  President Trump says he approved an airstrike against Iran in retaliation for the downing of a U.S. drone, only to call it off last-minute upon deciding the potential for casualties was too high.  Now, some former senior military and diplomatic officials are questioning the President’s decision-making process.  Nick Schifrin reports.

"Why Trump’s choice to hold back on Iran was about instincts" PBS NewsHour 6/21/2019


SUMMARY:  According to President Trump, the U.S. military was ready to launch an airstrike against Iran as a response to their shooting down an unmanned U.S. drone when he called it off.  He laid out differing timelines for his decision-making, but Trump was consistent in attributing the attack's cancellation to his worry over potential Iranian casualties.  Judy Woodruff talks to Yamiche Alcindor for more.

"Possibility of war with the U.S. leaves Iranians ‘rattled’" PBS NewsHour 6/21/2019


SUMMARY:  A day after President Trump said he had called off a planned airstrike against Iran shortly before it was due to occur, governments of both countries were preoccupied with the conflict, which represents the closest Iran and the United States have come to war in 30 years.  Judy Woodruff talks to special correspondent Reza Sayah, reporting from Tehran, about the reaction and “anxiety” among Iranians.

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