Iran launches large attack on U.S.-led forces in Iraq, Pentagon says
Iran has launched a major ballistic missile attack on U.S.-led forces in Iraq, the U.S. military said on Tuesday, potentially triggering a new round of escalation in the confrontation between the United States and Tehran.
The U.S. military said an assessment was underway to determine damage and any casualties at al-Asad airbase in Iraq, which hosted President Donald Trump in December of 2018, as well as at another facility in Erbil.
In a statement, the U.S. military said Iran launched the attack at about 1:30 am local time, firing more than a dozen ballistic missiles against U.S.-led forces in Iraq....
Itâ€™s like a jock dealing with a mentally handicapped kid thatâ€™s acting out. The jock could beat the kid down, but knows deep down it would be unfair and meanâ€”because everyone wants to feel sorry for the handicapped kid. Sometimes itâ€™s a better man that lets the mentally handicapped kid make a spectacle of himself and walk awayâ€”(except sometimes they accidentally do real damage to something because they just donâ€™t have the sense to know what they are doing.) For what itâ€™s worth, Trump is a jock that decided to smack the mentally handicapped kid around a bit. It looks bad, but itâ€™s because he was trying to make sure he didnâ€™t do any damage. But of course, everyone thinks heâ€™s mean and out of control.
Well, Mike Lee and Rand Paul walked out of a military briefing and were told to â€ś not debate or in flame Iran with discussions about further military actionâ€ť- And watching Trump speak with military brass looking like they all wanted to retire or resign said enough. Once again, Iâ€™m back to pondering the presidentâ€™s mental fitness.
Seems like this strike, against fixed targets well known, was all the Iranians could muster. Getting a top guy ambushed at the airport probably sends major shockwaves thru Iranian leadership. Soleimani wasn't in his backyard having a catch. And any Iranian offensive into Iraq suddenly lacks a safe footing. If they couldn't secure Soleimani, who can they secure?