One thing we’ve learned over the past couple of years is that many in the media cover President Trump by writing some angry, outraged headline about what they think he would say or do, then writing the story to try to make it match the headline. And so, many of them took to the airwaves and social media the second Iran shot down one of our drones to warn that the crazy, belligerent Trump was about to plunge America into war. In fact, House Democrats were already doing what they always do: rushing to find a way to block Trump from doing what he might think he had to do to protect America.
But then, a funny thing happened. With military leaders just minutes away from launching retaliatory strikes, Trump called them off. You might say that he decided to nuke the liberal narrative instead.
As he explained to NBC, he asked how many Iranian casualties might result from the strikes. When told about 150 people might die, he said he decided that was not proportional to shooting down an unmanned drone, so he called off the strike to come up with a more measured, appropriate response.
Just as Trump has proved to be a really incompetent “racist” by helping create so many jobs for African-Americans, and a very bad “Nazi” by being the best friend Israel’s ever had in the White House, he’s now disappointed rabid Trump haters who assured us he was a hotheaded war monger and who miss the cool, measured style of Barack Obama.
Say, that reminds me: you know who wouldn’t have hesitated to order drone strikes that would’ve killed a lot of innocent bystanders?...
Ironically, it’s thanks to another Trump policy vilified by his critics that we have options for dealing with Iran other than missiles. Trump removed the shackles that Obama put on America’s energy industry, leading to a boom in US oil and natural gas production. That means we’re no longer dependent on oil exports that have to move through Middle Eastern shipping channels.
So now, if Iran’s belligerence disrupts Middle Eastern oil exports, Asia will suffer most. That means Iran won’t just be America’s or Israel’s problem. It will be a problem for Japan, Indonesia, Korea, India and most of all, China. In short, Trump’s “drill, baby, drill” policy to make America energy-independent may force China to step up and help make Iran behave without us having to fire a shot.
You might consider that unexpected bank shot as Trump’s devastating retaliatory blow against not only Iran, but all the NeverTrumpers in the media.