Trump Backs Off Ordered Attack on Iran

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo departs after a media availability, at the State Department, Thursday, June 13, 2019, in Washington.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo departs after a media availability, at the State Department, Thursday, June 13, 2019, in Washington. AP Photo
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo departs after a media availability, at the State Department, Thursday, June 13, 2019, in Washington.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo departs after a media availability, at the State Department, Thursday, June 13, 2019, in Washington. AP Photo

Trump Backs Off Ordered Attack on Iran

On Thursday night, the United States pulled back from the brink of war with Iran, according to a report by The New York Times. President Trump approved military strikes against Iran after Iran downed an American surveillance drone. The operation he approved had begun, though no missiles had been fired, when it was called off. Tensions between the U.S. and Iran have been escalating since May, when Iran officially stopped adhering to some of its commitments under the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly known as the Iran Nuclear Deal. To provide analysis, we are joined by Joseph Cirincione, president of the Ploughshares Fund. The group aims to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons. Ciricione’s new op-ed is titled “Trump Is Misleading America Into A New War.”