Americans were reeling on Tuesday night after Iran launched ballistic missiles against Iraqi military bases housing U.S. forces.
The strikes were in response to President Donald Trump's decision to launch an air strike to assassinate Iran's top military official, Qasem Soleimani, while Soleimani was visiting Iraq as a diplomat.
Initially, many Americans thought Iran's retaliation would pull the United States into yet another war in the Middle East.
As updates continued to surface, the President addressed his Twitter followers, and the first words of the tweet stood out for all the wrong reasons.
All is well! Missiles launched from Iran at two military bases located in Iraq. Assessment of casualties & damages… https://t.co/5OSmLxzhin— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1578451524.0
Ultimately, there were no reported casualties and the attacks inflicted minimal damage, with many of the missiles missing their targets.
Because ballistic missiles are guided in-flight, experts speculated that Iran deliberately avoided casualties and extensive damage, opting instead for a show of force against the United States.
While the lack of casualties was indeed a blessing, people didn't take kindly to the President saying "All is well!" in response to a crisis he created.
@realDonaldTrump Our troops are getting bombed solely because you acted recklessly in order to distract from your r… https://t.co/An5dSXxa06— John Pavlovitz (@John Pavlovitz)1578452715.0
@realDonaldTrump How dare you? All is well? You arrogant inhuman bastard! You put the lives of our troops in danger… https://t.co/fEHNT90oB3— 🏌🏼♀️sylvie (@🏌🏼♀️sylvie)1578452676.0
BREAKING: "So far, so good!" 👍 https://t.co/r1Hfu7Qx7c— Mark Hamill (@Mark Hamill)1578454344.0
@realDonaldTrump Only a complete psychopath could declare "all is well" with missiles fired at US troops because YO… https://t.co/FrxkruPJC2— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@BrooklynDad_Defiant!)1578453419.0
@realDonaldTrump What's happening now is EVERYTHING we've feared for four years now...that u are so incompetent, im… https://t.co/prh7UIWygq— Andy Ostroy (@Andy Ostroy)1578455273.0
All is well! https://t.co/zbfrhsSQQF https://t.co/DAivI8L1XQ— Vic Berger IV (@Vic Berger IV)1578454312.0
I don't usually QT 45, but can you imagine a military family reading this who has their loved one in range of Iran'… https://t.co/GEpEuOJNLQ— Boba Tea Catan (@Boba Tea Catan)1578456355.0
@realDonaldTrump As long as you occupy the White House, all is not well.— Nick Jack Pappas (@Nick Jack Pappas)1578451668.0
American Service Members are attached, and the "Bone Spurs in Chief" says "All is well." American lives mean nothi… https://t.co/zAbxyPmKJn— Proud Navy Veteran 🎖️🌊⚓️ (@Proud Navy Veteran 🎖️🌊⚓️)1578456719.0
On Wednesday morning, the President addressed the nation and claimed Iran appeared to be standing down.
Trump also signaled that he would respond with sanctions instead of military force—a welcome reversal from his earlier threats to commit the war crime of bombing cultural sites within Iran.
To sum it up:
Standard Trump play: create an unnecessary crisis, claim credit for it not becoming an even worse crisis, sit back… https://t.co/0k7rE3pbiy— Matt Duss (@Matt Duss)1578502189.0
Are we great again yet?