Local professors weigh in on missile strike

Published: Jan. 8, 2020 at 6:44 PM CST
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President Trump addressed the nation Wednesday morning for the first time since Tuesday night’s missile attack.

“No Americans were harmed in last night’s attack by the Irian regime,” President Trump said. “We suffered no casualties. All of our soldiers are safe and only minimal damage was sustained at our military bases."

This all comes after Iran launched a retaliation missile strike against two Iraqi military bases that house U.S. forces. This comes after the killing of Iranian General Soleimani. Rockford University political science professor Ron Lee said he’s not sure what will happen with Iran and the United States moving forward.

"It's a very tense and uncertain situation right now,” Lee said. I could imagine a situation where the two countries move closer to all-out war. I could also imagine a situation where they pull back."

Northern Illinois University professor Ches Thurber believes there is still a lot of uncertainty when it comes to the U.S.’s next move.

“I think it's a positive sign he is changing course to deescalate tensions with Iran,” Thurber said. “We don't know what will happen from here. We don't know that the Irian’s are satisfied with these missile strikes.”