are told that we made the world, and certainly the U.S. safer by
assassinating Ghassem Suleimani. It is not widely known that, at the
same time, Trump also tried to kill another Iranian leader, this time
in Yemen. We do know, but don’t really seem to care, that we
killed a major Iraqi figure who was with Sulemani at the same time,
only he was an Iraqi. Also not much attention is being paid to the
fact that the Iraqi Parliament unanimously voted to kick the
Americans out. We also denied the Foreign Minister, or perhaps the
President, of Iran a visa to address the United Nations. (Well, what
use is the United Nations except to bring revenue to New York?)
Also, the “Green Zone” in Baghdad was torn up and a commercial
airliner shot down.
is just a quick summary of the first or second week of the New Year
under Trump. Just recently, Pompeo elaborated a bit. He said that
several embassies were under “imminent” attack. He would not
define the word, but came up with another word that I would really
like to hear defined. He said that Iran had to act like a “normal”
country. That was a good time to spit out the coffee or something
like that in reaction. Now, what does a “normal” country act
like?” Well, obviously like the United States since Trump got
elected? Now come on, you don’t really mean that, now, do you? I
mean, I know this guy grew up in Kansas and all, but that is no
excuse for this sort of double-talk. Or maybe it is. Yeah, Iran
should act more normal, right.
other information suggests that Suleimani was actually delivering a
response from the “Supreme Leader” (no, not Trump) through Iraq
in response to one from Saudi Arabia. Now this would be an imminent
danger, no doubt, given our foreign policy, but that is not clear.
It is clear that Iran does not have much confidence in the U.S. as it
did react to the place sited on radar and thought it might be an
incoming missle and therefore shot it down. Idiots tell me that it is
easy to tell the difference between a commercial airliner and an
incoming missle, but with such a short distance and having only 10
seconds to react, it is unlikely that one would take any chances.
thing that has actually confused me during this entire process is
that so-called “rational” people in the discussion have to
preface any discussion of how stupid the assassination was have to
preface their arguments by saying all sorts of negative things about
him, things like “Now he was a bad man, but...” and “He does
have American blood on his hands, but...”, before explaining how
stupid this whole process was. Now, if he did have good ol’ apple
pie blood on his hands and kill Americans, where did he do that? I
haven’t heard any reports from Pittsburgh or San Jose, not even
Delaware. Just where did he do all this bloody stuff to Americans?
Or are we upset with the fact that he attacked ISIS as they were ours
to attack? Even so, how did he get our blood on his hands? I
realize that Iran has our oil, as is the case also in Iraq and Syria,
hidden under their ground, but that really isn’t blood, now, is it?
and next week the Impeachment Trial should start. It is fixed.
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of this all is the desire to have
John Bolton testify. Now, those who want him to testify may not
really understand what they are dealing with. He should be limited
to Ukraine in his testimony, but how would you stop him once he got
going. Now trump is more or less a sociopath and can therefore be
trusted to do whatever he thinks will benefit him. Bolton leans more
towards being a Psychopath and, even worse, or more dangerously, is
intelligent, has a fairly good memory and failing that is a
compulsive note taker. He has never met a war he didn’t like (as
long as he didn’t have to get shot at personally) and everything
will proceed on this premise: War is good. Bomb other countries, and
so on. Bomb Congress if you have to in order to bomb other countries.
Any idea that interferes with his main premise need to be destroyed.
So, both Democrats and “republicans” had best figure out a
strategy to deal with him before he is sworn in. (No, I’m not even
going to go into the idiocy of watching Senators swear to be unbiased
and fair – if you believe that they will, nothing said here will
mean anything to you.)
have a few related things to discuss. When I first mentioned
elsewhere that Iran indeed had shot down its own commercial airplane,
many rose up to scream, idiotically, that an airliner looks much
different than does a missle. Well, no, not on a radar screen right
after launching several missles at the enemy and suspecting a
reprisal attack and having 10 seconds to decide.
one needs to do in these situations where you have no other
information is to put yoourself in the mind of the person
responsible. Now, suppose you are in the airport tower where you
give takeoff approval in such situations. Imagine also that you are
aware of the attacks just recently and the pilot said “asks
permission to take off”. I think I would have said something to
the effect of “No way, man, no way, not now”. Who would think it
was a good idea to fly a commercial aircraft in such tense times?
the Iraqi parliament voted unanimously to kick the U.S. out.
the commander in chief, though he claims not to take drugs or drink,
seems very much under the influence of some sorts of narcotics,
prescribed or otherwise. The slurring of speech, the transposition of
consonants within sentences, and the varying justifications of the
same incident within hours all seem very unlike his past behavior (of
several months ago). While the drugs may have been prescribed, he is
easily capable of self-medcating. They are, one could argue,
mind-altering substances (and few would argue against that), one
would imagine that if there is one mind that needed altering, it was
his. At any rate, he is mentally sinking.