I know Trump thinks his base is stupid. I know he's justified for thinking that, too -- they're dumb as hammered shit and they keep proving it. Anybody who's left on that train is barreling straight toward Stupidlyville with their pants on backward and pie in their hair, making hooting noises. But, wow, this is a new one he's running by 'em:
We were cocked & loaded to retaliate last night on 3 different sights when I asked, how many will die. 150 people, sir, was the answer from a General. 10 minutes before the strike I stopped it, not........proportionate to shooting down an unmanned drone.
First, it's "sites," fuckwit. How I hate that the rest of the world can read this dullard.
Now, to the obvious: I'm glad the attack was called off, for whatever reason. There shouldn't have been an attack in the first place, not for a drone - you don't escalate things to kill-offs until other options have exhausted themselves, especially when you're the far stronger party in the conflict. And I'm glad that he realizes that it would not be a proportionate or appropriate response, even if it's only in the confines of a fantasy scenario he's concocted to wag his trained dogs.
But come onnnnnn, son, no one with even a basic played-in-the-sandbox-with-army-men knowledge of how military strikes are planned is going to believe a Commander-In-Chief called off a strike in the last ten minutes because, waitaminute, you mean there might be casualties? Oopsie! That is just a hatful of shit, there, folks, so don't wear it.
Trump has a very cynical regard for everyone's intelligence if he expects such a ridiculous story to sail. Potential casualties are one of the first things taken into account in any strike at a target, especially one in a country with whom we are not yet at war. Nothing escalates a tense situation like a body count, and there's no way such a thing would be an "afterthought." Even Trump is not that stupid... although, apparently, he thinks his base is, feeding them this hogwash. And it's not even good hogwash. I know it's hard to get into putting much effort into making out scenarios for people who want to be lied to, but there really has to be a limit, just out of courtesy, to help them pretend the guy pissin' on 'em doesn't regard them as a bunch of hilarious flipperheads. I have no idea why they put up with being treated the way he treats them, other than they're a cult, really don't have much pride, and will happily be doormats because Jesus and "but-Obama." Trump's insulting them to their face with this junk and they're just sucking their thumbs and nodding.
Give Bomber by Len Deighton a read if you want a glimpse of the kind of intense planning that goes into any military operation. That book'll wear you out with the logistics, meteorological reports, navigational plans, casualty estimates, etc. long before the planes ever leave the tarmac... and it's about a bombing raid when WWII was already at its hottest. Or if that one's too slow for you, go for The Dogs Of War by Frederic Forsyth -- 440 pages of planning, leading up to 20 pages of bang-bang.
Sorry, but there just ain't no goddamn way the Generals didn't inform Trump of potential casualties, especially as an afterthought ten minutes before the strike. I don't know why Trump even wants to try to tell such a ridiculous story, because if it were true it would mean he's absolutely incompetent to be in charge of a military... or that he's a posturing poser whose threats can't be taken seriously. Neither one is good, at all.
Also, it's reported that Trump told the Iranians the planes were coming. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-iran-usa-oman-exclusive/exclusive-trump-warned-iran-via-oman-that-u-s-attack-was-imminent-called-for-talks-iranian-officials-idUSKCN1TM0UZ Again, this is so idiotic that it's mindboggling.
If it's scenario (A) - a serious attack -- then telling the enemy in advance is... well, I don't really have to explain why that's stupid, right? It not only gives the enemy time to intercept you and kill your pilots, it allows them time to clear anyone and anything important away from likely targets. Absolutely nothing you want to happen will be achieved by cluing your enemy in on your plans.
More likely it's an admission that it's scenario (B) - some posturing bullshit that ain't gonna happen, which only makes us look stupid and un-serious, and weak. We ain't weak. Well, except for our "leadership."
Anyway, anybody who's not insulted by the whole thing, DM me, I've got some magic beans to sell ya.