Brennan commended Trump for avoiding an attack that would have harmed over a hundred people, claiming that it would have created more problems.
“I do applaud Trump’s decision not to carry out what would have been a disproportionate strike that would have led to about 150 or so fatalities and that could have had a dangerous escalatory spiral following it that could have brought that region to greater military conflict. So I do think that Trump recognized that he needed to explain to his critics exactly why he pulled back.”
He also pointed out that while he has been an outspoken critic of the president, he still thought that it was impressive that Trump stopped the attack.
“And again, I give him credit, and I rarely do that, but I give him credit for being almost the adult in the room because of the war hawks like John Bolton and Mike Pompeo who are pushing toward this confrontation that is not in anyone’s interest, especially the United States,” Brennan said.
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As IJR Red previously noted, Trump tweeted out his explanation for stopping the attack, claiming he couldn’t justify the action.
….proportionate to shooting down an unmanned drone. I am in no hurry, our Military is rebuilt, new, and ready to go, by far the best in the world. Sanctions are biting & more added last night. Iran can NEVER have Nuclear Weapons, not against the USA, and not against the WORLD!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 21, 2019
However, he claimed that there will be consequences on the country for shooting down the American drone.
“I am in no hurry, our Military is rebuilt, new, and ready to go, by far the best in the world,” Trump wrote. “Sanctions are biting & more added last night. Iran can NEVER have Nuclear Weapons, not against the USA, and not against the WORLD!”