[200] Cocked & Loaded

Completion Date: 26 June 2019
Medium: Paint & ink on cardboard
Dimensions: 16 x 20 inches

On 21 June 2019 President Donald Trump tweeted that he called off an attack on Iran just as the US was “cocked & loaded” to strike because he decided there would be too many deaths for a proportionate response to the downing of a US drone a few days earlier.

“On Monday they shot down an unmanned drone flying in International Waters. We were cocked & loaded to retaliate last night on 3 different sights [sic] when I asked, how many will die. 150 people, sir, was the answer from a General. 10 minutes before the strike I stopped it.”

In terms of weaponry, the phrase is actually “locked and loaded”.