Trump Says U.S. Would Hit 52 Iranian Sites If American Targets Attacked

 President Donald Trump said on Saturday the United States has targeted 52 Iranian sites that it would strike if Iran attacks Americans or U.S. assets in response to a U.S. drone strike that killed Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani in Iraq.

Showing no signs of seeking to reduce tensions raised by the strike on Friday that he ordered, the U.S. president issued a stern threat to Iran on Twitter.

Trump wrote in a series of tweets that Iran “is talking very boldly about targeting certain USA assets” to avenge Soleimani’s death. Trump said the United States has “targeted 52 Iranian sites” and that some were “at a very high level & important to Iran & the Iranian culture, and those targets, and Iran itself, WILL BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD.”

“The USA wants no more threats!” Trump said, adding that the 52 targets represented the 52 Americans who were held hostage in Iran after being seized at the U.S. embassy in Tehran in 1979.

Asked about Trump’s tweets during an interview with Fox News, White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien said “the president is trying to make it clear to the Iranians that this is a very bad path for them to go down.”

O’Brien added: “The Iranians should be very careful. … We’ve said we consider the matter resolved — if they decide to move forward against the United States there will be severe consequences as the president pointed out.”

Trump’s suggestion that the United States could strike targets of importance to Iranian culture raised eyebrows.

Colin Kahl, a former Obama administration national security official, wrote on Twitter that he found it “hard to believe the Pentagon would provide Trump targeting options that include Iranian cultural sites. Trump may not care about the laws of war, but DoD (Department of Defense) planners and lawyers do … and targeting cultural sites is war crime.”

The Pentagon declined to comment on the 52 targets and referred questions to the White House, which did not respond.

Former Vice President Joe Biden and other Democrats criticized Trump’s tweets, with some including U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren saying the president was threatening to commit a war crime. “The more the walls close in on this guy, the more irrational he becomes,” Biden said in a statement.

The U.S. strike on Soleimani’s convoy at Baghdad airport also killed Iranian-backed Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, and it raised the specter of wider conflict in the Middle East. On Saturday, tens of thousands of people marched in Iraq to mourn both commanders.

Trump’s tweets were issued during his holiday stay in Florida. A growing number of Democrats have said the Republican president’s action is bringing the United States to the brink of war.

House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, said on Saturday “the Trump Administration’s provocative, escalatory and disproportionate military engagement continues to put servicemembers, diplomats and citizens of America and our allies in danger.”

(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Will Dunham, Paul Simao and Daniel Wallis)

Responses

  1. Bob thinks he is being relevant by name calling and using not so clever insults. You seem to be an immature boy who never learned how to have grown up discussions. Sad!

  2. confuction is still trying to be relevant. Your true nature is in your name little commie boy. Using 10 to the 0ne millionth power is way more than enough to overcome your BS and lies. I’ll bet that the orb sitting on top of your shoulders rings when tapped (empty).

  3. “Never any confusion on my part.” Confused James

    Not true. Confused is in your ID!

    1. “I cannot – under any circumstances – envision ANYONE who would want to post a comment using YOUR very appropriate ID of being constantly “confused”.” Confused James

      Oh my! Do you have ANY how this interwebs thingy works – at all – or do you just want to be confused?

  4. I think I saw a lot of people that hate America attending a funeral.

  5. Democrats, for once could you do the country a favor? If the president threatens one of our enemies, and you think he is bluffing, or it’s something he can’t legally do, DON’T TELL THE WORLD. Maybe privately tell the White House they can’t legally do it, and he will take your claim under consideration. Telling the world what you think doesn’t help, it is more likely to make the enemy test us.

    1. Friend, you seem to be assuming the rest of the world is as ignorant as Trump and his followers.

      1. Join the discussion…See my comment about general confusion. The same applies to you baal mike.

  6. All of you treasonous Democrats can go jump off a cliff, preferably into a shark infested pool. Nobody in America really gives a stinking s*** what you think anyway.

  7. Just an observation…

    After the last couple of weeks, it looks as if IJR has finally done something about our IDs being substitured when others post comments and replies.

    That isn’t definitive, yet, but I haven’t seen it nor have any of you complained about others posting under your IDs for a while.

    Here’s hoping that that unnecessary confusion is permanently eliminated.

    1. So at least NINE members WANT other members posting under their IDs? Y’all are strange and confused.

  8. Democrats are appeasers. Turn the other cheek so it can be slapped again. Obama was a master at this tactic. For too long the United States has been abused by hard-liners in Iran, the major sponsor of world-wide terrorism and have gotten away with it and gotten bolder. Nobody in the past has retaliated against that country fr all of the harm and misery it has caused and they fully expected to get away with this latest stunt, the attack on our embassy. Trump, with an aggressive show of force, punctured the invincibility balloon of the Mullahs and drew a line they had better not cross. Radical leaders such as Fat Boy in N. Korea and the unhinged Ayatollah in Iran seem to think that missiles and bullets go in only one direction, not theirs, when they boast of attacking America, which has the capability of turning each country into a glass parking lot. In this country we have people running for president who are ignorant appeasers along with a whole media that cannot see for themselves that Trump may have put a stop to Iran’s malicious ambitions of terrorism against our country. But what else can you expect from the treasonous members of the Democrat party that are running a coup against our duly-elected president. These are the true anti-Americans and a clear and present danger to our country and way of life. They all should be brought up on charges of sedition and treason. But don’t hold your breath.

    1. So when Trump took office, Iran was denuclearized and North Korea was working on a nuclear bomb. Three years later, North Korea HAS a nuclear bomb and Iran is restarting their nuclear program. “The red line they better not cross” you appear to be calling for ANOTHER war in the Middle East. BTW, a coup would remove Trump AND Pence. If convicted of the articles of impeachment ONLY Trump goes. In 1972 Nixon won 520 electoral votes and 61% of the popular vote. When his corruption was uncovered impeachment passed the House judicial committee. Republicans in Congress understood what their oath to uphold the Constitution meant. Don’t hold your breath that the Party of Trump understands what it means. For Trumpers, loyalty to Trump will be how history will remember them.

      1. Join the discussion…WOW syphilis it would seem that your lies are leading you to iran where lies are the word of the day. You better recheck your facts or move to iran where all you buddies live. We do not need America haters here. Please take every demonrat with you.

  9. Oh my, the Democrats are concerned about the U.S. committing war crimes. What these terrorists are doing are not war crimes? If not, what are they?

    1. So we want to be classified as terrorist? Make America Sane Again.

  10. A threat of a war crime is NOT a war crime. Trump knows how to make the enemy question its motives.

  11. Lawfareblog(dot)com/has-donald-trump-learned-job-commander-chief

  12. Go Trump. Hopefully there will be Nancy Pelosi, Schiff, Schumer and a Democrat House member tied to each missile.

  13. Just an observation…

    After the last couple of weeks, it looks as if IJR has finally done something about our IDs being substitured when others post comments and replies.

    That isn’t definitive, yet, but I haven’t seen it nor have any of you complained about others posting under your IDs for a while.

    Here’s hoping that that unnecessary confusion is permanently eliminated.

    1. I cannot – under any circumstances – envision ANYONE who would want to post a comment using YOUR very appropriate ID of being constantly “confused”.

  14. Iran culture? Statues of terrorists? Homage to human rights abuse? You mean that culture?

    1. Maybe we could appease the rag heads by turning the White House into a mosque and requiring our ladies to wear burkas (burlap sacks).

    2. Are they paying you to be stupid? Iran (Persia) is home to thousands of historic sites. And yes, Persia does have an historic culture that has been influencial on Western culture. Ever hear of Babylon? Ever hear of Persia? Or did you sleep through every history class except the ones that said “America F— yeah!!”

  15. Come on the bad orange man only wants to do this because he is a white, Judeo-Christian racist pig. (MASSIVE EYE ROLL)

    If the Iranians and much of the Middle East actually cared about cultural sites and human history they wouldn’t have destroyed so many of their own volition in recent years. But I suppose that was acceptable because those sites were in their “home court” so to speak and as we all know the rest of the world and human history don’t really count in the eyes of many Muslim/Middle Eastern leadership.

  16. Let the terrorists cry, the citizens of Iraq and Iran are thanking Trump for killing that scumbag terrorist. It wouldn’t take nukes to destroy Iran, just about a dozen MOABs.

  17. Finally a president with balls.
    No more Barry bowing.
    No more flying cash to muslim extremists.
    No more Benghazi’s.
    Unfortunately, our country still has Fake News. Liberals and D-RATs.

    1. B I N G O!! Unfortunately the USA still has some who call themselves “DemocRATs”; but the majority of those who used to be are now Socialists/Fascists on their way to becoming Communists.

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