Okay first off did it sound like he was drugged to anybody else?
Look I don’t fault anybody for trying to keep him medicated, I just think they might consider upping the dosage.
Here was CNN’s take on the speech:
President Donald Trump decided Wednesday that taking his foot off the gas in the rapidly escalating conflict between the United States and Iran was the right move.
Flanked by the Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and a legion of high-ranking military officers, Trump spoke carefully from two teleprompters set up in the back of the room — delivering the message that, despite Iran launching more than a dozen missile strikes at two sites in Iraq less than 24 hours ago, he was comfortable with calling an end to the outright hostilities.
“The American people should be extremely grateful and happy,” Trump said, noting that no Americans or Iraqis had been killed in the strikes. He added: “Iran appears to be standing down, which is a good thing for all parties and a good thing for the world.”
The Washington Post made a few observations as well:
Trump desperately wanted to find a way to declare victory and back off. The great concern of the moment is that by assassinating Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, Trump set off a cycle of retaliation between the two countries that could spin out of control. Iran seems to be cautious about that, which could be why they aimed missiles at a largely empty area of an Iraqi base housing U.S. troops and informed the Iraqi government beforehand that the missiles were on their way.
Trump could nevertheless have thundered against the missile attack and promised to hit back, under the long-standing American principle that says we can do what we like to other countries but they can’t do the same to us (try to imagine how we would have responded if another country had assassinated, say, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs).
But Trump did not vow revenge. Instead, he said, “Iran appears to be standing down.” This is despite the fact that there’s no particular evidence that Iran is actually standing down; far more likely, they’re planning other forms of less conventional retaliation that could play out over months or even years.
Trump is still obsessed with Barack Obama. For whatever combination of reasons, Trump has long been obsessed with President Barack Obama and comparisons anyone might make between the two men. Perhaps this is because Obama embodies just about every personal virtue in which Trump is lacking; more likely it’s the fact that Obama enjoys a level of respect and admiration at home and around the world that Trump knows he will never come close to achieving.
While other, less petty presidents would refrain at moments like this from taking bogus potshots at their predecessors, Trump simply cannot resist the opportunity to blame what happens on his watch on Obama. “The missiles fired last night at us and our allies were paid for with the funds made available by the last administration,” he said. “The very defective [Iran nuclear agreement] expires shortly anyway, and gives Iran a clear and quick path to nuclear breakout.” None of those things is true.
Those lies about Obama are especially egregious since his deal with Iran would have prevented any of this from happening.
It seemed clear to me that Iran made the strategic choice to demonstrate how easily they could take out American military personnel in Iraq, but did not take any lives so as to give Trump a reason to escalate the conflict.
Right now Iran appears to be demonstrating restraint and sending a message to the world that they are the adults in the room and that any actions which fans the flames of conflict will be coming from the American side.
In response we get this barely coherent, rambling speech from a man who is clearly in over his head.