Speak Out: To the brink

President Donald Trump said Friday the U.S. was “cocked and loaded” to retaliate against Iran for downing an unmanned American surveillance drone, but he canceled the strikes 10 minutes before they were to be launched after being told 150 people could die.

Trump’s tweeted statement raised several questions, including how he could have learned about casualties only minutes before the operation when that information typically would be provided much earlier.

• The president is showing his naivety. Middle Eastern countries routinely use their citizens as human shields, knowing the U.S. public opinion is averse to people actually dying in a conflict. They routinely put military command facilities and weaponry in and around hospitals, child care facilities and the like. All he’s encouraged them to do is to plus-up the number of people at legitimate military targets and the U.S. will be paralyzed into inaction. — B.K. Smith

• Putin made the call. — Jim Coleman

• Did Putin tell Trump to strike Syria killing his soldiers too? — Ryan Fenimore

• The attack that Trump gave advance warning to Russia (as evidenced by continued ability to use the base immediately after attack) prior to the missile strike? “Alleged death of a few Russians”, so if Putin had warning and a Russian died, that would be on Putin. — Jim Coleman

• It’s good to not be baited into a war. Because there was no human life lost I think is a good idea to pursue non violent options until it escalates. — Brian Michael

•Afraid of him having such power. — Elaine Russell Ringler

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