President Trump’s tweeted threat to target
sites that are “important to Iran & the
iranian culture” caught many in his
administration off-guard, a U.S. national
security official says. Attacking cultural
sites is a war crime under an international
Trump’s threats draw Iran’s cultural sites into tensions
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon on Monday distanced itself from President Donald Trump’s assertions that he would bomb Iranian cultural sites despite international prohibitions on such attacks.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the U.S. will “follow the laws of armed conflict.” When asked if that ruled out targeting cultural sites, Esper said pointedly, “That’s the laws of armed conflict.”
The split between the president and his Pentagon chief came amid heightened tensions with Tehran following a U.S. drone strike that killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force. Trump had twice warned that he would hit Iranian cultural sites if Tehran retaliates against the U.S.
Esper’s public comments reflected the private concerns of other defense and military officials, who cited legal prohibitions on attacks on civilian, cultural and religious sites, except under certain, threatening circumstances.
@ The Spectator Index @spectatorindex- 6h
BREAKING: Burial of Soleimani postponed after
stampede at his funeral leaves dozens dead
Here’s a pic of Soleimani’s Instagram
account where he used to post memes
of himself calling in air strikes on the
White House while standing on the
White House South Lawn.
Waiting for @brianstelter to doa
“DOCTORED IMAGE” monologue
We will crush the USA under our feet.
Scalp the Klvtchers
Return to tradition
Lemme guess “tHe wHiTe hOuSe iSnT a CuLtUrE sItE”…
Spare me gooby.