Earlier today, Iran shot down a U.S. drone over the Strait of Hormuz.
While the media has expected Trump to lash out, possibly calling for a military strike, Trump actually played the diplomat.
Trump stated, “I think they made a mistake, and I’m not just talking the country made a mistake.
“I think that someone under the command of that country made a big mistake.”
Already on Edge
The tensions between the U.S. and Iran are already on very thin ice.
The shooting down of the drone this morning is only going to put a few more cracks in the frozen pond, so to speak.
The attack against the drone reportedly happened over the Strait of Hormuz.
This is one of the most vital shipping routes in the entire world.
Iran initially responded by stating the drone had entered into their airspace, but that was disputed by our military, who stated the drone was, in fact, in international airspace.
Iranian leadership did not make things much better with its comments immediately after the attack took place.
Syed Abbas Mousavi, the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, stated, “We warn against any violation of Iran’s airspace by foreign flying objects and declare that violators are responsible for the consequences of their actions.”
Revolutionary Guard Corps Major General Hossein Salami, stated, “The only way for our enemies to be safe is to respect our sovereignty, national security, and the national interests of the great Iranian nation.”
Immediately after the attack had occurred, Trump sent out a tweet that had everyone on edge.
Iran made a very big mistake!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 20, 2019
His aggressive tone from that tweet changed considerably when Trump was asked about it while doing some media time during his meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Trump stated, “I find it hard to believe it was intentional.”
Based on the responses above from Iranian leadership, though, it does appear as though the shooting down of the drone was a purposeful event.
According to the most recent reports, the United States can prove the drone was, in fact, over international airspace.
If that is the case, some sort of apologetic statement from Iran will smooth this over.
If, however, that proof is provided and Iran refuses to back down, Trump is going to be between a rock and a hard place.
We know he does not want to get into another conflict in the Middle East, but it appears Iran is looking for a fight.
Kind of makes you wonder what all those conversations John Kerry had with Iranian officials were all about, doesn’t it?
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