On Tuesday evening, a series of Iranian missiles slammed into the United States and Iraqi Army’s al-Asad airbase in western Iraq. It appears that the missiles did not target the American side of the base and casualties on the Iraqi side were thankfully light, but the strike represented a terrifying escalation of the growing crisis in the Middle East that was triggered by the Trump administration’s decision to launch airstrikes against an Iraqi militia and the subsequent assassination of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani.
As cellphones buzzed across the country and news alerts informed the public that an airbase in Iraq was attacked, Americans naturally looked to the President for some kind of clarity and with deep trepidation over what the response would be. They would get none, however; the President’s planned address to the nation was abruptly canceled.
All three officials and Vice President Pence just left the White House. The White House now says Trump will NOT address the nation tonight. https://t.co/OEaGIpUzpc
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) January 8, 2020
Instead, Trump took to Twitter to tell everyone that everything was cool and he’s going to deal with it in the morning.
All is well! Missiles launched from Iran at two military bases located in Iraq. Assessment of casualties & damages taking place now. So far, so good! We have the most powerful and well equipped military anywhere in the world, by far! I will be making a statement tomorrow morning.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 8, 2020
While it is a relief to see that he hasn’t furiously ordered a nuclear strike on Tehran, “all is well” and “so far so good” and “I’m gonna deal with it tomorrow” is not exactly the response that the world really wants to hear, given everything that’s at stake.
What this really is at its heart is a show of absolute cowardice and apathy from a president who has found himself in yet another serious crisis because of impulsive and ill-thought-out decisions that he himself made — and his refusal to take any kind of responsibility for it.
Social media was not impressed with his response:
After Trump’s allies and members of Congress spent all night issuing somber statements and dire warnings, Trump starts with “All is well!” and “So far, so good!” https://t.co/czHpwBokDC
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) January 8, 2020
It is actually insane that the American people have to tune into a partisan cable news channel to get anything close to a briefing on the president’s thinking as the nation fumbles toward a war with Iran.
— Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivianuzzi) January 8, 2020
“All is well”????
A US president stating that the world is good as missiles were launched at our troops.
This is why draft dodgers shouldn’t start wars.
You never risked anything did you Donald? https://t.co/bjc2ApmdgK
— Randy Bryce (@IronStache) January 8, 2020
Only a complete moron would tweet "all is well" after Iran fires more than a dozen missiles on a US base.
And to the US official who told MSNBC there are "very few if any" casualties.
Are there casualties or not? How many? https://t.co/FkEXWPMmsB
— Don Winslow (@donwinslow) January 8, 2020
All is well, apparently, just some more dead Iraqis.
— Michael Hanna (@mwhanna1) January 8, 2020
All is well! i yell from my gold plated panic room https://t.co/DRcHoYi9co
— lvl 45 chao$ potu$ (@thetomzone) January 8, 2020
Trump: All is well.
Me: EVERYBODY PANIC!!!!
— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) January 8, 2020
Colin Taylor is the editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.