Donald Trump ordered the killing of Maj. Gen. Qassim Soleimani, commander of the Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps., and U.S. officials have reported that a drone strike on Baghdad International Airport has done exactly that. Iranian media has confirmed the death of the general. The United States designates the IRGC as a Foreign Terrorist Organization.
A statement from the Pentagon noted:
“General Soleimani was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region,” the statement continues. “General Soleimani and his Quds Force were responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American and coalition service members and the wounding of thousands more.” […]
“General Soleimani was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region,” the Pentagon said in a statement. “General Soleimani and his Quds Force were responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American and coalition service members and the wounding of thousands more.”
Meanwhile, Divine Right Donald had his own ALL CAPS version from last year:
To Iranian President Rouhani: NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE. WE ARE NO LONGER A COUNTRY THAT WILL STAND FOR YOUR DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE & DEATH. BE CAUTIOUS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 23, 2018
I have family in IranÃ¢Â€Â” I am concerned for them & us. The Islamic Republican of Iran is oppressive w/horrific human rights violations but war isnÃ¢Â€Â™t the answerÃ¢Â€Â” & escalation w/out diplomatic strategic will bring us to war, which is *exactly* what hardliners want. #NoWarWithIran
— Rep. Anna V. Eskamani Ã°ÂŸÂ”Â¨ (@AnnaForFlorida) January 3, 2020
IRAQ URGENT: Apparently Trump has decided we want open war with the top 3 largest militias that comprise +150,000 fighters including the 25,000 Katieb Hezbollah & 10,000s more in the Badr Brigades.
— Malcolm Nance (@MalcolmNance) January 3, 2020
— William LeGate Ã°ÂŸÂ§Â¢ (@williamlegate) January 3, 2020
— Secular Talk (@KyleKulinski) January 3, 2020
So what if Trump wants war, knows this leads to war and needs the distraction?Real question is, will those with congressional authority step in and stop him? I know I will. https://t.co/Fj9TMossEW
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) January 3, 2020
“The whole framework of the presidency is getting out of hand. It’s come to the point where you almost can’t run unless you can cause people to salivate and whip on each other with big sticks. You almost have to be a rock star to get the kind of fever you need to survive in American politics.”
~~Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72 (1973)
— Morgan J. Freeman (@mjfree) January 3, 2020
At Daily Kos on this date in 2012—Give him some credit, at least Rick Santorum didn’t say ‘welfare queens:
Smart people know that who gets food stamps and covered by Medicaid has nothing to do with race and everything to do with poverty. Unless, of course, you’re a Republican candidate looking for whatever wedge issue you can dredge up to distinguish yourself from all the other candidates in the final moments of the first big contest of the 2012 season.
It’s not that the others would shy away from doing what Rick Santorum did Sunday. That was to raise the specter of African Americans leeching off the taxpayers when they should be getting jobs. You can’t exactly call it a dog-whistle since the message was loud and clear to everyone.
In Sioux City at a campaign stop Santorum told a mostly white crowd that he [doesn’t want] to give black people “somebody else’s money.”
On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: Another mostly quiet break, but Greg Dworkin notes The Dotard did manage to screw up Iran, Iraq & North Korea. The impeachment trial still looms. What should we expect from Roberts on that score? Fact check: Two-Tone Trump is defective on his face.
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