June 21, 2019

Let’s call the whole thing off

By Chris Dougherty

Tensions with Iran escalated this week and then, Thursday evening, President Trump apparently signed off on airstrikes in Iran only to cancel them. According to reports and an interview the president gave to NBC’s Meet The Press, the estimate of people that would die in the strikes changed his mind and he tweeted that it would not be “proportionate.” Chris Dougherty of the Center for a New American Security discusses the events this week and whether we’d be at war with Iran if the strikes had occurred.

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