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‘We Were Cocked and Loaded’: Trump’s Account of Iran Attack Plan Facing Scrutiny

‘We Were Cocked and Loaded’: Trump’s Account of Iran Attack Plan Facing Scrutiny by John Hudson, Missy Ryan and Erin Cunningham – Washington Post

President Trump stepped away from the precipice of an immediate military conflict with Iran on Friday, calling off a strike in response to Iran’s downing of a U.S. surveillance drone.

But with the United States and Iran still locked in an adversarial pose, with none of their underlying grievances resolved, the prospect for fresh brinkmanship loomed as U.S. officials contemplated an alternative response.

Key Trump allies on Capitol Hill said Friday that they expected the president to order a “non-kinetic” measure, suggesting economic sanctions or some other nonmilitary punishment for Iran’s destroying the aircraft…

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