Thursday evening, The New York Times and ABC News reported that President Donald Trump had approved airstrikes on Iran -- but then pulled back.
It appears the bellicose commander-in-chief showed restraint, stopping the attack after the planes were in the air.
The internet, however, was horrified that Trump appeared to be the sanest person in the situation room.
Here is some of what people were saying:
Holy shit, please don’t start a war with Iran. https://t.co/z27Bdc0mry— Andrew Fishman (@Andrew Fishman) 1561087928.0
Please note one person - an authoritarian whose mental health is in question - is deciding whether to start a war w… https://t.co/4vQPWTJpFs— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈) 1561087830.0
Just because you played call of duty in 2009 doesn’t mean you’re ready for war with Iran— Armani (@Armani) 1561086783.0
We were about to be at war, in a situation created by the recklessness of pulling out of the Iran deal. And it coul… https://t.co/GGDwerJcEA— Michelangelo Signorile (@Michelangelo Signorile) 1561086764.0
If you weren’t scared about war with Iran, this scoop from @shearm @maggieNYT et al will do it. https://t.co/ZXQkhgLjPn— Sheryl Gay Stolberg (@Sheryl Gay Stolberg) 1561087336.0
Donald Trump appears to be the only thing standing between John Bolton and the war with Iran he has been demanding… https://t.co/V2u6EUqfrY— Peter Beinart (@Peter Beinart) 1561087947.0
There is no senate-confirmed Secretary of Defense as the administration is trying to head directly into another disastrous war with Iran.— Erick Fernandez (@Erick Fernandez) 1561086982.0
We were about to go to war today. This is out of control and I hope he doesn’t let the war mongers in his Admin per… https://t.co/NJCqli33J6— Ana Kasparian (@Ana Kasparian) 1561087351.0
Hundreds of *Civilian casualties* And all in the name of the American government with no legal permission or basis… https://t.co/WByvImKyH4— Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani (@Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani) 1561088140.0
There is literally no reason to go to war with Iran. This is insane. War for the sake of starting a war shouldn't e… https://t.co/aOD2XLAw17— Dennis Mersereau (@Dennis Mersereau) 1561087288.0
As Trump’s administration beats the drums toward war with Iran, remember this: Iran was in full compliance of the… https://t.co/dBhS7WoeKG— Ro Khanna (@Ro Khanna) 1561086660.0
We’re going to end up in a war. It’s the only way he can end Season 3 of his reality TV show. Sending kids to fight… https://t.co/JQNLvPcwvd— Claire Smith ⚾️ (@Claire Smith ⚾️) 1561088622.0
We still don’t know what led to the strike being called off while the operation against Iran was underway https://t.co/m1j6TMiXhY— Maggie Haberman (@Maggie Haberman) 1561089640.0
And the husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway:
So in two hours it’ll be 3 a.m., and an erratic, unstable, incompetent, ignorant, intellectually lazy, narcissistic… https://t.co/qvPIrBd4Ne— George Conway (@George Conway) 1561092554.0