By Danny C.| DCPeriodical | 01/13/20 |
After President Donald Trump ordered the assassination of Iranian Major-General Qasem Soleimani in Baghdad a couple weeks ago, the excuse his administration used to justify unconstitutionally refusing to notify the House or Senate beforehand was that Soleimani posed an “imminent threat” to America and Americans.
That excuse was quickly questioned by lawmakers and citizens alike in America and abroad. Evidence was rightfully demanded.
It didn’t help the White House’s cause when after they briefed lawmakers on the ordeal, news started to spread that the briefing contained no evidence that any imminent threats truly existed.
Trump then doubled down and told the public Soleimani had plans to attack the US Embassy in Iraq — and three others. Unfortunately his Secretary of Defense, Mike Esper, let it leak that they actually had no good evidence to show these were accurate remarks.
Now Trump, backed into a corner, is putting forth the assertion that it “really doesn’t matter” if there were any clear and present threats against the US because Soleimani was simply a bad person.
“The Fake News Media and their Democrat Partners are working hard to determine whether or not the future attack by terrorist Soleimani was ‘imminent’ or not, & was my team in agreement.” Trump wrote on Twitter.
“The answer to both is a strong YES., but it doesn’t really matter because of his horrible past!”–Globe and Mail.
While there is no doubt Soleimani was a bad person with a checkered past of war-based murders, his killing instantly, and needlessly, heightened tensions between Iran and the US and put the whole world in a dangerous position.
As a result, Iran attacked American bases in Iraq with 15 missiles five days later. Luckily no casualties were reported.
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But many innocent people did perish. In consequence of Trump’s cranking up of the heat, Tehran was in a state of heightened defense after launching their missiles, and when a Ukrainian airliner was picked up on radar near one of their military bases outside of the capital, a missile was launched at it. 176 people, many of them Canadian, were senselessly killed. Had Soleimani not been ambushed days prior, those passengers and crew would be alive today.
The assassination, in truth, has been in the works for quite some time, as has starting a war with Iran.
A few months into the Trump Administration saw the launching of a new mission center designed to “turn up the heat” on Iran, as the Wall Street Journal reported in June of 2017.
We can go back even further to 2012, when neo-con think tank member Patrick Clawson of the Washington Institute called for creating a false flag scenario to “initiate war with Iran.”
We can go back even further, to a few days after 9/11, when General Wesley Clark was handed a memo outlining more than a handful of Middle Eastern countries whose regimes were on the American chopping block, Iran being the final peg to be hammered.
Iran, at the behest of its enemy Israel — currently under investigation for multiple war crimes — has been a sitting target for a long time.
President Trump, who has catered to Netanyahu’s every whim since taking office, has seemed eager to deliver on Israel’s want of an all out Iranian conflict.
In fact, though American lawmakers had no idea of the impending attack on Soleimani, Israel’s regime did, and even helped in coordinating it:
According to a recent report released by the Times of Israel, it was officials in Tel Aviv who provided the White House with the key intelligence details leading to the targeted double assassination of Iranian Quds Force leader, General Qasem Soleimani, and senior Iraqi PMU commander, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, on January 3rd.–21st Century Wire.
As the lack of evidence put forward for the justification of Soleimani’s assassination becomes more obvious, so does the fact that when it comes to Trump being controlled by a foreign nation, it isn’t Russia. It’s Israel — who had attempted Soleimani assassinations in the past and failed — and Iran’s other enemy in the region, Saudi Arabia.
And what effect did the attack have? Are Americans feeling safer at night knowing Soleimani, a man they’d never heard of, is dead?
According to polls conducted by ABC and Ispos, no.
56% of Americans disapprove of the White House’s actions while 52% feel less safe than before.
So now we know for future reference. Assassinating the second highest official of a theocratic dictatorship of 80 million people at the behest of a country famous for committing war crimes tends to not make people feel safe.
Who would’ve thought?
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