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Escalating Tensions with Iran
Jun 24, 2019 at 01:31 PM
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The Quick Facts

  • Last week, amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran, Iranian forces downed a U.S. navy drone over the Strait of Hormuz. Iran insists the drone had violated Iranian airspace, while the U.S. says it was flying over international waters.
  • On Friday, President Trump said that the U.S. had been within 10 minutes of conducting military strikes against Iran in retaliation when he canceled the operation.
  • The president said he decided that the estimated 150 Iranian deaths that would occur from stikes was not proportional to an unmanned drone.
  • Today, Trump signed an executive order tightening economic sanctions on Iran, saying: “These measures represent a strong and proportionate response to Iran’s increasingly provocative actions.”

Food For Thought

What is the best strategy for dealing with heightened tensions with Iran? Did President Trump show good leadership by calling off the military strikes?

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