By now we should all be familiar with the 2011 video showing Trump accusing Obama of wanting to bomb Iran to get himself re-elected. They call that projection. And Trump does a lot of that. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that President Bonespurs would ‘wag-the-dog’ to distract from his legal problems.
And Trump has lots of reasons to attack Iran.
Then there was this.
Certainly this story had something to do with it:
For weeks, officials at the Office of Management and Budget ignored warnings from the Department of Defense that placing a hold on a congressionally appropriated $391 million military-aid package to Ukraine violated the law, according to new unredacted emails obtained by Just Security and published Thursday.
The emails between Defense Department and OMB officials were secured through a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act launched by the Center for Public Integrity. In December, a court ordered the federal government to turn over 300 pages of emails, many of which were heavily redacted.
The unredacted emails published by Just Security revealed that between June and September — when the aid was ultimately released following an anonymous whistleblower’s complaint — the Defense Department repeatedly asked the OMB why the military aid was being held up.
Trump claims he was justified in blowing up Soleimani in order to prevent a terror attack against Americans in the Middle East. Problem is there is no evidence for that claim. It’s just a ruse to justify an act that is clearly in violation of international law.
Usually Trump does what Putin tells him to do. In this case it seems their asset when rogue. And if so it’s because the liar-in-chief felt corned. He felt he had to act to save face after the attack on the American embassy in Iraq. The Russians took the unusual step of denouncing their prized agent in the White House:
The Kremlin and its state-run media are none too happy with Donald Trump and his decision to order the killing of Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani, head of the elite Quds Force.
In an official statement, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs described the decision to liquidate Soleimani as a foolhardy “adventurist” step by the Trump administration, predicting that it will increase tensions in the entire region. “Soleimani was devoted to protecting Iran’s national interests. We express our sincere condolences to the Iranian people,” Russian Foreign Ministry said.
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov went even further, stressing that Soleimani’s extrajudicial killing “grossly violates international law” and will result in serious consequences for regional peace and stability. Lavrov said that “the targeted actions of a UN member state to eliminate officials of another UN member state, moreover, on the territory of a third sovereign state without its knowledge, flagrantly violate the principles of international law and deserve condemnation.”
So not only has Trump possibly alienated his benefactor Putin, but he has no support from U.S. allies:
US allies on Friday warned against any further escalation of the conflict with Iran following President Donald Trump’s decision to authorize the assassination of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani late Thursday.
The airstrike, which was reportedly launched without consulting US allies, led to warnings from several European nations, with only Israel speaking out strongly in favor of Trump’s decision.
The global reaction to the attack has revealed the US as increasingly isolated on the world stage.
But one good thing (if there is such a thing) is coming out of this catastrophic blunder by Trump. The protests against his presidency will only get larger and louder:
We need to be prepared for the serious threat on American soil that could come from a war with Iran: