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Again Trump is underestimated and misunderstood. I believe what DJT is continuing to support is each nation defending their own national interest. Saudi Arabia has procured a great deal of sophisticated US equipment in recent years as well as now having Israeli personnel directing their anti-missile system. The satellite evidence is conclusive the missile and drone strikes came from Iran. SA's vital interests were attacked. The Saudis had more than sufficient retaliatory capacity to strike back, but did not. Probably because they have really large oil reserves developed and on line as they quickly made up the deficit in oil as soon as the US would not become involved in a war with Iran at this point. At this point the Saudis hope Iran will not escalate and that this was a one time probe. As long as Saudi only assets are struck then Trump is going to continue to silently to tell the KSA to 'defend your own interests'. To neo-cons this is the worst sort of foreign policy heresy as it is a clear departure from neo-con globalism, in which the USA is to act as global arbitrar, sort of.

Many Israelis read the tea leaves to say that an Iranian campaign of a similar sort DJT would politely point out the very excellent air and missile capabilities of the IDF. The Israelis are perpetually sensitive of any indication of less than robust US support as the first step towards the US ending its special military and intelligence relationship with the State of Israel.

They are misunderstanding the unstated but pretty clear 'Trump doctrine' in which the US will only become militarily involved if a conflict escalates to where vital US interests are at risk. Example would be a full fledged Iranian air campaign against the KSA featuring really large air strikes on the Royal capitals and the entire oil and gas extraction, refining and distribution system, In the case of Israel, attacks of the same magnitude mounted by Iran involving firing a lot of ballistic missiles at Israel and conducting heavy airstrikes.

In other words, other nations, even allies are expected to address their security problems first and the US will act as final guarantor of allies existence

1 posted on 09/19/2019 4:40:47 PM PDT by robowombat
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and the US will act as final guarantor of allies existence

Nah.

Seven wars is enough.

Got my popcorn riiiiight here.

2 posted on 09/19/2019 4:45:59 PM PDT by gaijin
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Americans have no taste for war. Our enemies know this, and they invariably use it as justification for attacking us. We respond with force, they learn their lesson, and all is quiet for some time. Then the lesson is forgotten and the cycle begins again.


3 posted on 09/19/2019 5:02:53 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham ("God is a spirit, and man His means of walking on the earth.")
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One of two things are apparent. The first is that Iran believes that war with the US is preferable to continued sanctions. That means the sanctions must really bite. Trump doesn’t really have to do anything but stay the course and not take the bait.

The other is, Iran evidently believes that war will lead to Trump’s exit from power. This may indicate some collusion with the DNC on a course of action to be taken here if Trump acts militarily.

So, again, Trump is better off to not take the bait. They may continue to up the ante until he has no choice, but for now his best choice is to keep the sanctions on and not chase the little laser dot.


4 posted on 09/19/2019 5:28:12 PM PDT by marron
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Even Trump plays by the Leftist playbook Obama played by - the bad actors in the world are only acting badly because the U.S. as the only super power throws its weight around too much. If only the U.S. would back away, the bad actors would behave themselves and threaten no one.

That line of thinking is fiction.

It is not a question of “global intervention” versus isolationism.

In a world filled with would be empire builders and caliphate seeking Muslim theocrats, it is not “global intervention” versus isolationism, but global defense versus isolationism. It is bringing our offense to them when necessary, defensively, before they eventually bring theirs directly to us.

Yes, Iran is testing Trump.


8 posted on 09/20/2019 6:11:53 AM PDT by Wuli
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