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White House Pushes ‘Trump Pulled Back’ Story – He Likely Never Approved To Strike Iran, by Moon of Alabama

President Trump is in a precarious position. A war with Iran would alienate the many people who voted for him because they like his rhetoric on getting out of the Middle East. Not going to war will alienate many of his evangelical Christian following, who see war with Iran as moving the world closer to Biblical prophesies, and Trump’s good buddies Benjamin Netanyahu and Mohammad bin Salman. From Moon of Alabama at moonofalabama.com:

Last night U.S President Trump allegedly pulled back from a military strike against Iran after it had already been ordered.

That is the official story but there are doubts that it is true. The Iranian campaign of “maximum pressure” against Trump’s sanctions is still on. But there are first signs that it is successful.

The New York Times headlines: Trump Approves Strikes on Iran, but Then Abruptly Pulls Back

WASHINGTON — President Trump approved military strikes against Iran in retaliation for downing an American surveillance drone, but pulled back from launching them on Thursday night after a day of escalating tensions.As late as 7 p.m., military and diplomatic officials were expecting a strike, after intense discussions and debate at the White House among the president’s top national security officials and congressional leaders, according to multiple senior administration officials involved in or briefed on the deliberations.

Officials said the president had initially approved attacks on a handful of Iranian targets, like radar and missile batteries.

The operation was underway in its early stages when it was called off, a senior administration official said. Planes were in the air and ships were in position, but no missiles had been fired when word came to stand down, the official said.

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