Since Donald Trump has been in office the bar of public discourse in this country has plummeted to where it’s now somewhere down around the molten core of the earth. Now the Trump effect on civilized expression is going world wide. His tweets threatening the destruction of Iranian cultural sites have been particularly ill-received by both America and the world community, being as how they constitute war crimes. They prompted an Iranian official to respond in kind with a troll/threat of his own, to wit, the retweet of an article showing a list of Trump’s properties — and their locations. https://t.co/t6JyUk6aRj — Hesameddin Ashena (@hesamodin1) January 5, 2020 Now here the official, an adviser to Iranian president Hassan Rouhani, bottom lines it. We have ZERO problems with the American people. We even achieved deals with previous US administrations. Our sole problem is Trump. In the event of war, it is he who will bear full responsibility. — Hesameddin Ashena (@hesamodin1) January 5, 2020 This is not dissimilar from when Justin Trudeau responded to Trump’s insults early on, when Trump was claiming a massive trade deficit with Canada, and his idiot economic adviser, Peter Navarro, was babbling, “There’s a place in Hell for Justin Trudeau.” Trudeau came right out and said that Canada had no problem with the American people, only with the current administration. This is worldwide sentiment. The bottom line here, and it’s one that Trump can’t grasp, because he appears to be constitutionally incapable, is that it’s not all about him. International treaties and relationships existed between the United States and the rest of the world long before he came and will continue long after he’s gone. What he’s really doing is excommunicating himself from the human race, minus his clueless followers, who believe what right-wing media spoon feeds them, (and who were ignorant bigots long before he came on the scene.) Unfortunately, it doesn’t stop there. All this animosity has been caused by Trump, and the fallout will hurt innocent people, even if it is directed at Trump. So far, the collateral damage of having this clown in office has been stupendous — and it’s only going to get worse. Maybe Iran will target a Trump property or two. But who will get hurt if they do? Trump will get hurt in the pocket book, but the people living and working and passing by there are the ones who will get killed. The rest of us are already suffering from this Iran debacle by paying more at the gas pump. That reaction was immediate, the price of oil sky rocketed when Suleimani was assassinated. Trump has no problem putting innocent lives in harm’s way because, once again, to him this isn’t real. It’s all a TV show and a game. He lacks normal feelings. Remember when he told the Green Beret widow, “Your guy knew what he was getting into?” If the Republicans won’t remove him from office, then the voters have to. We can’t take four more years of this — and you know it will get worse, still. That much can be predicted with certainly, because that is what we’ve seen all along. As bad as it was on day one of this regime, it is many thousand fold worse right now.
This is one news story that will get Donald Trump’s attention. While the rest of the world wide press is reporting all the drastic possibilities and permutations of Trump’s assassination of Qasem Soleimani, not to mention the reality of Iraq telling the U.S. to leave and Iran throwing aside the 2015 nuclear deal, the wildly popular general was laid to rest. Iran state TV is reporting that “millions” flooded the streets, but even if it’s only half a million or so, that’s more than the crowd at Trump’s inauguration and that is guaranteed to incense him. Financial Times: Sakineh, a 70-year-old woman, struggled to keep up with the hundreds of thousands of mourners who had gathered in the streets of Mashhad, Iran’s holiest city, to pay tribute to military commander Qassem Soleimani. “But I thought even my dead body should be at the funeral,” she said, walking with difficulty. “We owe a lot to him.” The US assassination of the commander responsible for Iran’s foreign military strategy on Friday has triggered one of the biggest public outpourings of grief seen in the country. Can you feature anybody wanting to honor Trump so badly, that she would show up, even in death? Let’s hope Trump doesn’t find out about this. Having been taken earlier on Sunday to Ahvaz, southwestern Iran, in commemoration of Soleimani’s part in the battle against Iraq in the 1980s, the body has been taken to Mashhad’s holiest shrine, where the eighth Imam of Shias, Reza, is buried. In a sign of the depth of the mourning, the shrine’s green flags have been replaced by black ones. Iranian media and analysts estimated that as many as 1m people — a third of Mashhad’s population — had turned out on to the streets. A third of the population? That will fry Trump’s circuits. And so will this: He may have given Soleimani what he really wanted all along. “Although Gen Soleimani always dreamed of martyrdom, it is so painful to lose a man whose presence meant security for us,” said Farzaneh, a 20-year-old woman who was in tears. “We want revenge and should not worry about the US retaliation. They are more vulnerable than us.” “His blood will change many things as his life changed many things. We shall see huge changes coming, like a big revolution,” said Hamid, a 27-year-old mechanic as he walked with his wife and small daughter. Maybe there will be a new word coined for the dictionary, “trumpfired” which is “backfired on steroids, like when Trump assassinated Soleimani and everything went straight to Hell.” Trump loves to put his name on things, and it’s emblazoned for all times in the history books on this debacle. Who knows where it will lead, but so far things are not looking good. Trump miscalculated that this would be yet another outrage he would get away with, as he has so many, but in this case, retribution has been swift and certain. The only question that remains is how far will it go and how costly will it be?
A second fatal airstrike has taken place in Iraq, hours ahead of a planned march to mourn slain general and folk hero, Qasem Soleimani. Vox: One day after the US killed a top Iranian general — a major escalation between the two countries — another strike was reportedly conducted in Iraq, this time targeting members of Iranian-backed paramilitaries in the country. Early Saturday morning local time, a two-car convoy containing members of the Popular Mobilization Forces, the overarching group for those Iranian-backedmilitias, was struck, killing at least five people, according to multiple international media outlets. Though the target hasn’t been made public, a PMF spokesperson confirmed the attack to the AP. The US has yet to say whether it conducted the attack. But it comes one day after President Donald Trump’s administration, operating in dubious legal territory, killed Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds force and arguably the second most powerful military official in the country. Iraqi state television is reporting it’s a U.S. airstrike. Iran is in three days of mourning for Soleimani. Tehran has protesters chanting “Death to America.” This is a developing story and will be updated. 9:00 p.m. Pacific: Here’s an update from Newsweek: Six members of the Popular Mobilization Forces, an official Iraqi militia organization with ties to Iran, were killed in another U.S. drone strike in northern Baghdad on Friday, multiple officials told Newsweek. The strike comes one day after President Donald Trump approved an operation that killed an elite Iranian general. Pentagon officials told Newsweek Friday evening the operation was targeting Imam Ali Brigades with a “high probability” the strike resulted in the death of its leader, Shubul al-Zaidi. The U.S. operation that targeted Zaidi was a part of the same strategy Trump approved Thursday morning, which killed Iranian Revolutionary Guard Quds Force commander Major General Qassem Soleimani. I’ve read the second paragraph six times now, because I can’t believe it. Trump really ordered a second air strike, as mourners were marching to bury Soleimani? And is he going to spin this as being a defensive action, like he spun the Soleimani assassination on Friday, as a good thing that should have been done years ago? And Iran is going to sit still for it, and this isn’t going to lead to war? Plus, Lindsey Graham is talking all hawkish now. If Iranian aggression continues and I worked at an Iranian oil refinery, I would think about a new career. — Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) January 3, 2020 Whatever happened to Mr. We Have To Protect Our Syrian Allies? Wasn’t not escalating tensions in the Middle East Graham’s priority not too long ago? This is simply incredible. I hope this doesn’t start World War III.
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