Trump Cool Down on Iran –Blunder or Strategy?

While the U.S, continues to insist that the missiles that struck Saudi oil refineries recently were launched by Iran, Trump at the same time seems to be cooling his heals a bit about striking back, after tweeting that the U.S. is “Locked and Loaded.”  As with so many of Trump’s mixed messages, it’s again hard to tell if Trump is having second thoughts, or if his apparent reversal is just part of a carrot and stick approach to international relations. On-Target’s Larry Sparano has been trying to figure it out, as you’ll hear in this exchange with Kent Garrett of WIOX Radio New York:

Shanahan Dumped to Clear the Decks for War?

Patrick Shanahan’s recent withdrawal from consideration as Secretary of Defense was attributed to revelations of serious domentic violence between him and his wife.  But reports indicate that Trump knew about that all along, and was ready to fight for his confirmation despite that. What’s changed, and why were Shanahan’s domentic problems suddenly revealed?  On-Target’s Larry Sparano believes that it might have much to do with Trump clearing the decks for a fight with Iran.  Here’s Larry’s analysis during a conversation with Kent Garrett of WIOX Radio New York:

Trump Clipping Wings of Warhawks?

Despite what looks like the best continuing efforts of Neocons Bolton, Pompeo and others, and despite the probably urging of Israel, President Donald Trump appears to be backing down from a hot war with Iran.  On-Target’s Larry Sparano talks about what direction events in the mid-east appear to be moving –so far.  Their discussion follows several reports on the situation by various alternative media outlets:

Putin Behind Trump-Pompeo Back Off on Iran?

Up unitl this week, it looked like the U.S. was ready to go war with Iran.  But now all that has changed, with the Trump administration claiming that it has forced Iran to cease its moves against U.S. interests in the region.  But what is the real story?  On-Target’s Larry Sparano says it’s not Iran that has backed off, but rather it was the Trump administration that decided to cool things down.  He explains why in this exchange with Kent Garrett of WIOX Radio New York:  Their conversation follows a report concluding that U.S. claims of Iranian agression were false to begin with.  (We apologize for the poor audio quality of what you are about to hear:)