You have to love the irony. Trump orders the assassination of a top Iranian leader, Qasem Soleimani, in Iraq because, as his administration says, they want to stop imminent attacks on Americans and American interests in the region.
Then the Trump administration advises all private U.S. citizens and businesses in the region to leave due to imminent acts of revenge by Iran and Soleimani’s followers.
This would be funny if it wasn’t so stark. Killing a top government leader of another nation is an act of war.
There are now more American forces in the region than when Trump took office. The irony continues. When he was campaigning Trump said he wanted to get out of our endless wars and here he is escalating them. In 2011 he said then President Barack Obama would start a war with Iran to get re-elected. Instead, Obama negotiated a nuclear treaty with Iran. Now, 11 months before the election Trump carries out an act of war. The irony.
Alyssa Milano posted his tweet from November 2011 on Instagram:
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Obviously the Trump Administration didn’t warn our allies in Iraq and the region, let alone consult with them about the killing and all of its possible consequences. Those allies include our European partners and Australia.
More irony: Moscow Mitch McConnell just stood in the well of the U.S. Senate and said all members of Congress should withhold judgement of this act of war until briefed by the White House and Pentagon. This, from the same Senate Majority Leader who said he was in lockstep with the White House over the impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump and that an acquittal in the Senate was assured.
This is a lawless president and administration and right now the entire Republican Party in Congress are his accomplices. Besides voting Trump out of office we need to remove as many Republicans from their seats in the Senate and House of Representatives to take any control away from these criminals.
This just in: the Pentagon is sending another 3,500 troops to the region around Iraq and Kuwait. The war with Iran isn’t coming, it is here.
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Tim Forkes started as a writer on a small alternative college newspaper in Milwaukee called the Crazy Shepherd. Writing about entertainment issues, he had the opportunity to speak with many people in show business, from the very famous to the people struggling to find an audience. In 1992 Tim moved to San Diego, CA and pursued other interests, but remained a freelance writer. Upon arrival in Southern California he was struck by how the business of government and business was so intertwined, far more so than he had witnessed in Wisconsin. His interest in entertainment began to wane and the business of politics took its place. He had always been interested in politics, his mother had been a Democratic Party official in Milwaukee, WI, so he sat down to dinner with many of Wisconsin’s greatest political names of the 20th Century: William Proxmire and Clem Zablocki chief among them. As a Marine Corps veteran, Tim has a great interest in veteran affairs, primarily as they relate to the men and women serving and their families. As far as Tim is concerned, the military-industrial complex has enough support. How the men and women who serve are treated is reprehensible, while in the military and especially once they become veterans. Tim would like to help change that reality.