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‘150 Dead People’: Trump Tells Chuck Todd The Dramatic Story Of Aborted Iran Strikes

"Here we are sitting with 150 dead people."

On Friday, Donald Trump spent four tweets regaling America with the dramatic play-by-play account of what happened on Thursday evening when the US came within minutes of launching strikes against radar and missile batteries in Iran.

“We were cocked and loaded to retaliate last night on 3 different sights when I asked, how many will die”, Trump said. When a general told him the death toll was likely to be around 150, Trump called off the strikes. Or at least that’s the way @realDonaldTrump tells the story.

Read more: ‘Cocked And Loaded’ Trump Says 150 Iranians Were ’10 Minutes’ Away From Being Vaporized Last Night

Fast forward a few hours and Donald Trump the person (as opposed to Donald Trump the Twitter personality) granted an interview with Chuck Todd, which is an odd choice considering how many times the president has publicly maligned him and his network.

In any event, Trump now says there were no planes in the air (which runs counter the New York Times’s reporting and also to the whole “cocked and loaded” story) and that he hadn’t approved anything. Here is the clip:

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Ok, so Trump never gave a final order, but “they came in about a half hour before and they said ‘Sir we’re about ready to go'”. Planes weren’t in the air but “they would have been pretty soon” and according to Trump’s assessment, “things would have happened to a point where you couldn’t turn back”, where that presumably means you can’t un-shoot missiles or un-kill soldiers once they’re shot and dead, respectively.

After asking the “generals” (everybody in a military uniform is a “general” in Trump’s mind) how many people would likely be killed, Trump’s “large brain” did some quick math as follows:

And I thought about it for a second and I said ‘You know what? They shot down an unmanned drone, and here we are sitting with 150 dead people.’ 

Trump, being the “stable genius” that he is, concluded that zero casualties on the US side versus 150 casualties on the Iranian side, works out to a net 150 casualty disparity, which he determined wasn’t proportionate.

And that, folks, is why you need people with high IQs in the Oval Office.

Jokes aside, there are dozens of Iranians alive today who wouldn’t otherwise be alive, so that’s the good news. The bad news is, Trump will almost assuredly be forced to make this decision again sometime in the very near future and there is no guarantee the outcome will be the same.

Meanwhile, Lindsey Graham did his best to keep tensions running high. “I know Israel cannot tolerate the Ayatollah enriching uranium that would put them on a pathway to a nuclear bomb”, he said in a tweet. “Big decisions to be made. I hope the United States and the world get this right.”

Of course, one way to ensure that Iran isn’t pursuing a nuclear bomb is to stick to a landmark agreement designed specifically to prevent that outcome, but that ship has sailed, hasn’t it Lindsey?

Read more: ‘Planes Were In The Air’: Trump Called Off Iran Strikes At Last Minute On Thursday Night

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3 comments on “‘150 Dead People’: Trump Tells Chuck Todd The Dramatic Story Of Aborted Iran Strikes

  1. Yeah 150-0 in favor of US.. We win.. Probably cause none of that Russian crap being fired at us is any good anyway… Might as well try Moscow next no sweat.!! I am begin to notice the retardation is contagious ….yikes!!!!

    • Harvey Darrow Cotton

      For the sake of argument, let’s concede that 150 Iranian lives do not matter. Let us make the asinine, anti-humanist argument that only American lives matter. There are American forces in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria. Iranians and Iranian proxy forces in those countries can reach them and kill them. Then there will be an escalation where more people will die, many if not most civilians in a regional conflict that would engulf the Middle East and usher in a global conflict between Sunni and Shi’a that will result in deaths of people even you may care about.

  2. monkfelonious

    “We were cocked and loaded.”

    One of the things that the gun nutz (Bluto supporters) are always bat-shit over is the minutiae of all things guns. For example, they vapor lock over the term ‘assault rifle’ and will always go into numbing detail about how wrong this designation is. I haven’t visited Zero Hedge on this latest presidential drama but I will. There are more gun nutz there than even within the NRA. I’m wondering how they will suffer Bluto’s awful gaff that it is ‘locked and loaded’ and never cocked and loaded, unless talking about something entirely different.

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