Trump Is No Hero for Calling Off the Iran Strike

Ryan Lau | @RyanLau71R

Thursday night, President Trump made a monumental decision to call off a strike against Iran. After they shot down an American drone Monday, the president said that such a reaction was “not proportional” after learning it would lead to the deaths of around 150 people.

Without a doubt, Trump’s decision was a good one; not killing 150 people is radically better than killing 150 people. But this alone is a far cry from a heroic act and does not clean the blood that already stains his record.

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Trump’s Iran Escalation Makes Him Look Weak

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Kevin Doremus | @k_doremus

President Donald Trump has placed himself in a situation that he cannot easily pull out. His strongman persona is under threat by his response to Iran’s decision to down a US drone. While Trump made the correct decision, the situation with Iran demonstrated weakness and indecision. The combination of tough talk and his hawkish advisers led the US towards a war no one wants.

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An Attack on Oil Tankers Is No Cause for War

Benjamin Olsen | @benpleasestop

The Trump administration has blamed Iran for the damaging of 4 oil tankers in the Persian Gulf. Earlier this year, President Trump threatened to block Iranian exports of oil. Iran shot back with a threat to close the Strait of Hormuz. Alireza Tangsiri, the head of the Revolutionary Guard Navy Force, stated, “If we are prevented from using it, we will close it.” The attack on the oil tankers is the most recent development in a situation that is constantly escalating. The American government’s official stance is that the oil tankers were intentionally attacked due to mines placed in the gulf. The Japanese owner of one of the liners stated that it was not a mine but rather a flying object that struck the ship.

This incident is eerily familiar to several events throughout U.S. history, namely the Thornton Affair, the Gulf of Tonkin incident, and the explosion of the USS Maine. While these events seem unconnected at face value, these three episodes of history plunged the US into bloody wars that would cost thousands of lives only to expand the American empire.

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Trump Denies New York Times Report on Iran Troops

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Ryan Lau | @RyanLau71R

After gradually stepping up pressures against Iran, many believe that President Trump is looking for war. The New York Times recently released a report that confirmed many of these suspicions; it claimed that the Pentagon sent a plan to high-ranking government officials which would, if they approve it, send 120,000 troops to the Middle East if Iran continued progressing their nuclear program. Trump, however, denied that any officials were considering this plan shortly before noon Tuesday.

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Pentagon Proposes 120,000 Troops for War with Iran

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Ryan Lau | @RyanLau71R

Since his campaign began in 2015, President Trump has taken an aggressive stance towards the country of Iran. Originally disliking the nuclear deal that President Obama had made with the country. Just one year ago, he withdrew from the deal entirely. Since then, he has declared Iran’s Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization and placed sanctions on the nation. His hardline stance has some calling the country “Trump’s Iraq“, believing an unjust war is imminent. Now, the military appears to be taking action towards war with Iran.

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