Translation : If you back what I did, you’re a true American. If you don’t, you’re not.
Donald Trump won’t be the first world leader to cite jingoism as justification for war. He won’t even be the first US President to do so. But the above tweet, posted shortly after the air strike that intentionally killed a high-ranking Iranian Gen. Qassem Suleimani (without congressional approval, of course), clearly displays that classic extra bit of Trumpiness which involves a practically cartoon-level of extremism.
And can we please be clear on what has happened between Trump and Iran over recent years? There was a deal in place between their government and the international community which was being enforced. Tensions were significantly reduced. Then along comes 45, determined to undermined everything that was done by 44, and he rips it all up.
You don’t need to be an expert on international affairs to know that every action Tehran has taken which can be considered provocative since then can be directly linked to the withdrawal from the JCPOA agreement. Trump started this. So if war results, it’s his fault. That cannot be disputed, whatever the official line of the White House.
And isn’t it convenient how this move happens to come as yet more evidence is coming out surrounding his ‘perfect call’ to the President of Ukraine? That for which he is in the process of being impeached?
And isn’t it convenient that this airstrike provides a perfect excuse for the so-called ‘moderate’ GOP senators to kiss Trump’s ring?
“I commend the Administration for taking this decisive action today in Baghdad against Tehran-backed terrorists. The world should not mourn Qassem Soleimani, a man whose name is synonymous with murder in the Middle East and who was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American service members”Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.)
Republicans Celebrate Trump’s Targeted Killing Of Top Iranian General
Nick Robins-Early – Huffington Post
This is not a pie-in-the-sky conspiracy theory. This is two plus two equals four. Grounds for war with Iran have been fabricated over time by this White House to be used as a Trump Card, pun intended. Now he seems to think he needs to play it. We’ll see what Tehran does in response. Hopefully the result is not that which we all feared back in November 2016.