Iran blinks. Point Trump.

Iran blinks. Point Trump. By Jules Crittenden.

The mullahs had a problem. We had killed their top terror-export chief, who the American media won’t stop telling us was “revered.” So revered that 56 people were trampled to death at his funeral, in a repeat of the debacles at the funerals of Yasser Arafat and Ayatollah Khomeini. The mullahs had to do something.

So they fired a dozen missiles at Iraqi air bases Tuesday night. We are told they killed no one.

And they tweeted out, “We do not seek escalation or war, but will defend ourselves against any aggression.”

Translation: “We’re all done. Please don’t shoot back!’

This may not be over. There is a very good chance, following past pattern, that the Iranians may attempt large-scale terrorist actions.

Iranian Strike On Air Base In Iraq — Targeted to Avoid Killing Anyone? By Geoff Brumfiel.

Satellite photos .. show hangars and buildings hit hard by a barrage of Iranian missiles that were fired early Wednesday morning local time.

At least five structures were damaged in the attack on the base in Anbar province, which apparently was precise enough to hit individual buildings. “Some of the locations struck look like the missiles hit dead center,” says David Schmerler, an analyst with the Middlebury Institute. …

“The buildings we’re tallying now seem to be used for storing aircraft,” he says. “There are other structures at the air base that would be exclusively for people so maybe they intended to strike sites with equipment over people.” …

“U.S. early warning systems detected the incoming ballistic missiles well in advance, providing U.S. and Coalition forces adequate time to take appropriate force protection measures,” added a U.S. defense department official. …

“My mother used to say a gentleman carried two handkerchiefs: 1 for show (in the breast pocket of his jacket) and 1 for blow, ie, use. I expect what we have seen is the Iranian retaliation for show,” tweeted Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haass. “What is likely to come at some point are the deniable attacks meant to cause harm.”

Glenn Reynolds:

Maybe it’s time to help [Trump], instead of hindering him.

Not going to happen. The press and the foreign policy establishment are far more afraid of him succeeding than of him failing.