Iran has recently attacked six oil tankers and a U.S. spy drone in, or near, the Strait of Hormuz the past few weeks. Following this growing military tension with Iran, President Trump was ten minutes away from launching an airstrike on Iran over the weekend. With minutest to spare the President called it off, instead ordering a cyber attack on Iran’s military computer system.
The straw that broke the camel’s back to push President Trump to consider an airstrike on Iranian targets was the US drone shot and destroyed by Iran.
In the end, President Trump called off the airstrike because he asked how many Iranians would be killed in the strike. When he heard that the answer was 150 killed Iranians, he did not think that a downed unmanned US drone justified killing 150 Iranians. So he called off the airstrike and instead launched a cyber attack on Iranian weapons systems.
President Trump nixed the airstrike after the planes were already in the air and warships were in position. President Trump tweeted last night that he didn’t nix the strike against Iran, rather he merely “stopped it from going forward at this time.”
That is a very important clarification. The President always said that he wants peace through strength and part of that strength is being viewed as a serious threat for potentially using violence to actually stop it from even being used.
The cyber attack disabled Iranian computer systems that controlled its rocket and missile launchers. Officlas who spoke about this cyber attack all spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the operation.
Two of the officials said the attacks, which specifically targeted computer systems of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), had been provided as options after two oil tankers were bombed. The IRGC has been designated a foreign terrorist group by the Trump administration.