Iran vs US showdown

Trump Approves Strikes on Iran, but Then Abruptly Pulls Back

WASHINGTON — President Trump approved military strikes against Iran in retaliation for downing an American surveillance drone, but pulled back from launching them on Thursday night after a day of escalating tensions.

As late as 7 p.m. Thursday, military and diplomatic officials were expecting a strike, after intense discussions and debate at the White House among the president’s top national security officials and congressional leaders, according to multiple senior administration officials involved in or briefed on the deliberations.

Officials said the president had initially approved attacks on a handful of Iranian targets, like radar and missile batteries.

The operation was underway in its early stages when it was called off, a senior administration official said. Planes were in the air and ships were in position, but no missiles had been fired when word came to stand down, the official said.
What made him pull back? Putin? Pentagon?

Things are heating up. Iran isn’t Syria
This is a slippery slope, and he better consult with Congress. While he can authorize targeted attacks on Iran, the situation/political conditions in Iran are very different than in Syria, which was under civil war/isis, etc and the US was justified (I personally believe so) because the imbecile Assad was poisoning his own people.
The US has a heavy military presence in the region and they must make good judgement before rushing to retaliate. I really hope that we don't go to war (we definitely have an upper hand vs Iran, but there would be casualties on our side as well).