After Donald Trump’s tweet “All is well!” in response to the Iranian attack, the president had to explain why he thinks that way in his 10-minute speech.
The exit ramp
After the missile attack coming from Iran, everyone was wondering whether that can be a reason for Donald Trump to escalate the situation or “to look for an exit ramp”. On Tuesday morning, the President of the United States decided to choose the latter.
He justified this step by lack of casualties and minimal damage caused to the American troops that were based in Iraq. He proclaimed he is proud of the US military and promised to impose “more punishing economic sanctions” – not a military response, as some though will follow.
Even though the decision of Trump to not strike back can be regarded as a defeat by the Iranians, this was a rather victory speech.
Reference to Obama
“The missiles fired last night at us and our allies were paid for with the funds made available by the last administration.”
Yet again Trump tried to turn his speech into a campaign against his predecessor. By now, that is very common for his presidency, to criticize Barack Obama’s healthcare, environmental, economic, immigration policies.
During the Obama administration, the Iran nuclear deal released tens of billions of dollars of Iranian assets kept in US banks right after the 1979 Iranian revolution. Even though there is no actual proof that these funds were used for Iran’s missile program, Trump stated that this deal gave Iran political and financial advantage and allowed it to be more aggressive in Iraq.
Therefore, Trump proposed his new deal that will make the world “a safer and more peaceful place.”
I can deliver the exit from the Middle East
“Today, I am going to ask NATO to become much more involved in the Middle East process.”
Despite Trump’s intention of disentangling the US from foreign commitments, he often speaks of the need for US allies to shoulder political burdens, including the one in the Middle East now.
We have emerged unscathed
“By removing Soleimani, we have sent a powerful message to terrorists: If you value your own life, you will not threaten the lives of our people.”
“Soleimani’s hands were drenched in both American and Iranian blood.”
He also justified his words with the support offered for the U.S. army, instigation of regional civil wars and targeting of U.S. troops.
By focusing on the death of Soleimani, Trump managed to drive the attention away from Monday night’s Iranian strikes for a while. He said that the outcomes they have now are worth the drama and unrest it might have caused.
However, some specialists are concerned that Trump’s arrogance and overconfidence might lead to serious consequences as Iran’s next response could be yet ongoing.