"Cocked and Loaded" Trump Explains Why He Called Off Air Strike on Iran


Ten minutes before a strike Trump called off an air attack on Iran citing concerns over the number of deaths.

Cocked and Loaded

No Hurry to Confront Iran

The Wall Street Journal reports Trump Says He’s ‘In No Hurry’ to Confront Iran

“We were cocked & loaded to retaliate last night on 3 different sights when I asked, how many will die,” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter. “150 people, sir, was the answer from a General.”

Iran said Friday it had warned the U.S. spy drone to turn around before shooting it down, and that another spy plane with around 35 crew members was flying near the drone, but Iran chose not to target it.

The downing of the drone Thursday came after Iran said the drone had flown into Iranian airspace with transponders turned off. The commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Aerospace Force, Brig. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, said Iran warned the drone four times, and that the drone would have transmitted the warnings to its “central stations.”

Drone Debris

The incident has set off a scramble to retrieve the parts of the $130 million spy plane. Iran also unveiled Friday what it said was debris from the downed drone collected off the shore of Kuh Mobarak in Iran. “This is in fact evidence of the U.S. air invasion of our territorial waters,” said Mr. Hajizadeh, adding that the parts had been sent to Tehran.

Location Dispute

Specific Claim

The Iranian Claim is very specific.

Reasons to Lie

Both sides have strong reasons to lie but specific claims sound more convincing.

Regardless, imagine an Iranian or Russian drone flying 25 miles from New York City.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

Comments (29)
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The debris in the pictured is weathered. I doubt it is this drone.


He's like Obama,a bluffer,Trump got no stomach for war and the Iranians know it,Saudi's know it.Will Tehran's next target be a carrier??


President Trump controls the narrative and the news cycle. The nattering nabobs of lame stream media are side lined.


I'm guessing this is not the behavior Trump was expecting when he scuttled the nuclear deal and declared economic war on Iran. I'm sure he wanted to make 1 minor change to it, like extending it from 10 to 12 years, and then declaring the worst deal in history to suddenly be a tremendous deal. Now what's he going to do? they are shooting at us.


Just based on previous incidents I'm prone to believe the Iranians that the U.S. drone was in their air-space. That said as an American citizen I believe we were doing the right thing. I do find it unsettling and a sign of the times that I find that the Iranians may be more credible than our own administration.

Per the NY Times story, It was unclear why Mr. Trump would have been getting information about possible casualties so late in the process of launching military action. Such information is typically discussed early in the deliberations between a president and national security officials.