Iran is clearly rattled by the death of Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani earlier this week. While Tehran is issuing threats of retaliation, the United States has allegedly already chosen 52 potential targets should Iran decide to avenge Soleimani’s death.
The targets that were chosen by the U.S, Trump tweeted, include some sites in Iran that are “important” to the nation’s culture. But that doesn’t appear to be phasing Iran much, if at all. Major Gen. Hossein Dehghan, the military adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told CNN in an exclusive interview Sunday that Iran’s response to Soleimani’s death “for sure will be military and against military sites,” adding that no U.S. military staff, vessel, or base “will be safe.”
Dehghan did maintain Tehran still wants to avoid full-fledged war between the two countries but said it was Washington’s responsibility not to escalate things further. “The only thing that can end this period of war is for the Americans to receive a blow that is equal to the blow they have inflicted,” he said, referring to the Soleimani strike. “Afterward they should not seek a new cycle.” -Yahoo News
It is pretty safe to say that Donald Trump did escalate what was already a proxy war by killing Soleimani. According to The Week, the U.S. wholeheartedly took what was arguably already a war (with an economic blockade and regular skirmishes with Iranian proxy forces) to a straight-up shooting war. Although disturbing, it also needs to be said that war and killing and murder are things that both the right and left can both agree on.
Events like this bring out the absolute worst in the American foreign policy community. Many conservative writers and thinkers, including former National Security Adviser John Bolton, the Hudson Institute’s Michael Doran, and Commentary‘s Noah Rothman, openly cheered this Putin-style cold-blooded murder of a foreign statesman. Other more supposedly nonpartisan commentators uncritically parroted Trump administration assertions that Iran was planning something bad. Every top Democratic presidential candidate except Bernie Sanders was careful to foreground that Soleimani was a bad guy before condemning the assassination in their initial comments.
The truth is that Soleimani was not all that different from any of about five dozen current and former American politicians and bureaucrats — if anything, he was considerably more restrained about the use of force. Yes, he was involved in a lot of bloody wars — but so was every American president since 2000, and besides half the wars he fought in were started or fueled by the United States. It’s just another instance of America’s gigantic hypocrisy when it comes to war. –The Week
War is a Racket – The Antiwar Classic by America’s Most Decorated Soldier, written by Smedly Butler infamously lays out just how horrifying the human construct of war has always been. “Unique among the high ranking military officers of the US and the world I do not know of any other high ranking military officer of the US or the world, who has spoken or written such most important truths and facts about the nature and causes of war.” General Butler wrote in simple and direct language that everyone can understand. His honesty; care for society, humanity, and justice for all; and profound insights; are self-evident in his writing. Moreover, it is even much more relevant now than when it was written in 1935. War Is a Racket is the title of two works, a speech and a booklet, by retired United States Marine Corps Major General and two time Medal of Honor recipient Smedley D. Butler. In them, Butler frankly discusses from his experience as a career military officer how business interests commercially benefit (including war profiteering) from warfare. After his retirement from the Marine Corps, Butler made a nationwide tour in the early 1930s giving his speech “War is a Racket”. The speech was so well received that he wrote a longer version as a small book with the same title that was published in 1935 by Round Table Press, Inc., of New York. The booklet was also condensed in Reader’s Digest as a book supplement which helped popularize his message. In an introduction to the Reader’s Digest version, Lowell Thomas, the “as told to” author of Butler’s oral autobiographical adventures, praised Butler’s “moral as well as physical courage”.
Thus, having stuffed patriotism down their throats, it was decided to make them help pay for the war, too. So, we gave them the large salary of $30 a month! All that they had to do for this munificent sum was to leave their dear ones behind, give up their jobs, lie in swampy trenches, eat canned willy (when they could get it) and kill and kill and kill…and be killed.” ―
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Smelled Butler was clearly a Great War-fighter. With that said, his bonfides as a philosopher & political analyst are not established. Iran has clearly been a state-sponsor of terrorism around the world with a long history of WAR with the West. Our decision to remove Iran’s director of terrorism demonstrates that the West has THE WILL TO LIVE and the MEANS TO PROSECUTE THOSE THAT TRY TO KILL US. People, like Lindburgh & Chamberlain during World War 2, that do NOT see the error in continual pacifism are not qualified to be taken seriously in these discussions. Please study history. Semper Fidelis.
G** D*** spell check. I wrote “Smedley” and the stupid computer changed it.
The problem is that the Government (all levels really) has lied so consistently and generationally that it is difficult to take anything published by them seriously.
Next door to Iran is Afghanistan. Pity if some of those higher tech weapons leaked through the Kyber pass and were used to kill US Military officers.
Not that they can’t keep suicide bombers out of their bases since we are supposed to be training the populaiton.
Americans have been so cleverly played. Here is what your government won’t show you:
I challenge you to show me ONE DAMN picture of Muslim caskets being loaded on US soil!
Yea, Trump spent the holidays at Mar a Lago surrounded by Lindsey Graham, Marco Rubio, Mike Pence and Mike Pompeo. It’s no wonder he wanted to kill someone after putting up with those fucktards for a week.
“stuffed patriotism down their throats”
My dog gets so excited, to be walked, that it howls and humps the air. What I would do, if Trump ever stuck to his triumphalism, sovereignty, and not-replacements.
“Butler frankly discusses from his experience as a career military officer how business interests commercially benefit (including war profiteering) from warfare.”
We have all the necessary manpower, materiel, tech, and opportunities — right here — already. The way adventurism has worked, so far, is to deplete the homefront, play middleman, between us and some faraway vassal state.
Butler also discussed how pay has diminished for the lower-ranking.
When the uniformed amputee collects donations at civic functions, he’s going to say that he did for the other guy’s freedom, too, for my honor, and success. Well meaning, even beyond the point of losing pieces of himself and winding up homeless.
I asked the recruiters in my social studies class, really ordinary kinds of questions, which might be asked during a job interview, and they didn’t know how to handle it, whatsoever. The teacher yelled at me.
He backs down from their cultural sites, late, Tuesday night.
In the Wednesday morning press event, he says to renegotiate.
IIRC the Iranian embassy in Iraq was just attacked a couple weeks ago. I don’t recall any generals killed in revenge for that.
The US government invades a country under false WMD pretenses, kills a million or so, and then builds a CIA operations center to help supply and control their ISIS creation and calls it an “embassy”.
Trump has to be removed from office by an ambulance team and taken to a psychiatric ward. Someone call 911 and do it before the terrorist jews attack America again as they did on 9/11! The assassination of Soulieman marked the point of proof of insanity, mental incompetency and another act of treason, placing the terrorist Jews interests over the interests of the United States in a heinous, criminal act of treason in violation of national and international law, and doubling down on his treasonous acts of serving Jews and the nation of Israel at the expense of the rest of the world and national security.
I’m not a member of either partisan personality cult, personally.
But, Democrat pots calling the kettle black used all the instruments of warfare, dragging along the war weary citizenry, without any formal declaration of war.
The Islamists have divided the world into two zones, by default — the house of submission and the house of war, calling Israel the Lesser Satan. They care whether you are a convert, and whether their converts are zealous.
While I do believe that war is nasty business — nay, Hell on Earth — your appeasement could never have gone far enough to satisfy the suicide happy savages.
@cranerigger and we aren’t state sponsors of death and destruction around the world? Should our generals and other leaders be systematically be removed? When will we bring everyone home and live in peace? We live in this bizarre world of the military industrial complex where our children are sacrificed at their will, and for what, more oil, more power, more money or political gain.
End Radical Jewish Terrorism, Treason, and Tyranny in America!
Go back and follow the money. The democrat party, including both clintons and Keary and many others have been recieving Kickback money from that country and other islamic countries for more than 2 DECADES. John Keary’s relatives are married to Iranians. Now do you wonder why the democrat party is against Trump in this issue.
It would not be a good idea for Iran to lift a finger right now But they are stupid.
I stand with Trump
Go with Jesus
Consider life without electricity. Won’t do much running of your centrifuges either.
Keep running your Persian mouths. That’s what you do and all you know how to do.
Really, Iran, the country of “Pig Lovers”, threatens the United States, and think we in America will just take it? Wrong “Pig Lovers”, be very careful what you wish for and how you go about it, the US is totally prepared to make Iran, a dust bowl, and rid the world of “Pig Loving Terrorists”. Chant, carry on all you want, the world watches and the US readies itself to send all you “Pig Lovers” to Allah in Hell!
I dreamed last night of a world without sanctions and tariffs and walls. Without war and death and threats. Without extortions and malice. Where free people traded as equals in a fair way.
Where decent people treated each other with respect. Then the sun rose and I looked at the world we have made and wondered why.
Anonymous, any study of History demonstrates that conflict happens. To place our head-in-the-sand (like an ostrich) is to deny reality. With that said, I do NOT believe in the USA policing the world, regime-building, or other military adventurism. Bring Americans home, other than sailing the open ocean, and kick some wicked ass when bad actors kill lawful-acting American CITIZENS. Semper Fi !!!