"Cowboy" Trump "half-cocked and loaded"

reedak

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1. President Trump said the U.S. military was "cocked and loaded" to retaliate against Iran on three different sites Thursday night, but called off the operation after learning 150 people would likely die from the strike. Mr. Trump, explaining his decision on Twitter, said the response would have been "not proportionate to shooting down an unmanned drone."

2. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump, whose Twitter malaprops often set off a deluge of social media criticism, was targeted on Friday for a linguistic misfire involving the phrase “locked and loaded.”

In a series of tweets on Friday morning Trump outlined why he said he had decided to call off a military strike on Iran he had planned in response to its having shot down a U.S. drone. He said he decided the estimated death toll of 150 would be a disproportionate response.


3. In terms of human lives, 150 lives definitely worth more than the unmanned drone which is estimated to cost from $102 million to $240 million. In comparison with the Iranians, the Japanese were not so lucky at the close of World War II. Harry S. Truman, the 33rd US president from 1945 to 1953, was not as compassionate as Donald Trump, otherwise he would never authorize the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9, 1945, killing 129,000 to 226,000 people, most of whom were civilians. In this regard, Donald Trump certainly deserves to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. o_O

4. Truman might not be "cocked and loaded" like Donald Trump. However, his "lightning strike" was reminiscent of the iconic line mouthed by Eli Wallach (the "ugly", playing the character of Tuco Ramirez, the Mexican bandit) in one of many memorable moments from the Sergio Leone-directed “Spaghetti Western” entitled “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” some 47 years ago:

“When you have to shoot, shoot; don’t talk!”
 
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