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"The temptation was great to muster what force we could and put up a fight. It's the easiest way out, and the most satisfactory to self-respect--but, nearly invariably, the stupidest. ”
― Isaac Asimov, Foundation
Well, it's that time in the presidential election cycle when incumbents get desperate and contenders take the gloves off. In 2020, it looks like Trump intends to bypass Congress and wage war with Iran. The Trump administration's drone strike on January 3, 2020, killed Iranian major general and IRGC Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani and Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. Both committed enemies of the US and not beloved by many of their own people. So, let's wage war and make peace in the Middle East. No. No. Wrong. It has not worked in my long lifetime and the Trump approach is just more of the same mixed with personal vendettas and head spinning policy reversals.
Why am I politicizing this event when it should be acknowledged that this drone strike took out two enemies of America even if it was at the cost of any productive relationship with Iraq? Because our fear mongering leader, DJT, predicted in 2011 that then President Obama would wage war with Iran as a strategy to win the 2012 election. (Btw, Obama never did provoke a war with Iran. Instead in 2015, he and other world leaders successfully negotiated a framework agreement to eliminate Iranian nuclear arms. In May 2018, Trump withdrew from the accord causing America to be the first nation to violate the terms agreed upon by the US, Iran, China, Russia, Britain, France and Germany. This violation severely weakened the accord and we see the results today in Iran's violations of the agreement.)
I really don't want to start shining lights on fearless leader but this hypocrisy is painfully blatant and hard to ignore. We know for sure, now, that Trump will do anything to stay in power and that the "wartime leader" card he accused Obama of, has been his own ace in the hole election strategy all along. Welcome to a new decade of trumpian chaos and hypocrisy.