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Deja 2003
Author: BobR    Date: 01/08/2020 14:26:43

After 9/11/2001, the U.S. was shocked and ready for revenge. After the smoke cleared, it was obvious the attack was coordinated by Osama bin Laden's group of extremists. We made an effort to go after them, but Afghanistan has never been an easy battlefield. At the time, Dubya was obsessed with Iraq and Saddam Hussein, and used America's shock as a tool against the American people. Cheney and others falsified the threat posed by Iraq as an excuse to invade and eventually capture Hussein.

In the years afterward, after numerous investigations and leaked documents, the truth has become clearer. We broke a country, tortured and killed innocent people, and left the area destabilized, all in the pursuit of revenge and American pride. It will all be stain on our history. No one involved in creating the mess has ever paid for their crimes.

So here we are just over 18 years later, and we are once again embroiled in a mess in Iraq of our own making. Due to complacence, our embassy in Iraq (supposedly the most fortified in the world) was attacked. Back in 2001, we had a moron for a president. In 2020, we have a moron who is also a pathological liar and narcissist. Can it be worse? Yes.

In response to the attack, pResident tRump was presented with various options for a response. Had he worked with the Iraqi government to capture Soleimani, it would have put Iran on the defensive, and the world would have been on our side. Instead - he chose the most extreme, which was an attack on an Iranian general who was in Iraq. This has outraged nearly everyone.

In response, Iran Iran bombed two U.S. bases in Iraq, and Iraq has demanded that all U.S. military personnel leave the country. We screwed the pooch on this one, initially releasing a memo saying we would comply, and then backtracking from that stance.

It's unclear whether murdering a foreign leader of a country with whom we are not at war is a war crime. What WOULD be a war crime is following through on tRump's threat to bomb Iranian cultural sites. He has backed off from that threat, but the reality is you just never know with this unstable idiot.

To add to the stupid bungling of all this, tRump has threatened sanctions on Iraq because of their troop withdrawal request, and Pence has claimed that Soleimani heled plan the 9/11 attacks, bringing us full circle.

While we step on our own collective dicks, Iran is switching its currency valuation from the U.S. dollar to the Euro. I am certain tRump has no idea that was something that could happen, nor the consequences to the U.S. if more countries follow suit.

The incompetence and knee-jerk reactions of tRump have caused very real long-term harm here in the U.S. It might just do the same worldwide. He can't be gone soon enough.
 

24 comments (Latest Comment: 01/08/2020 21:07:44 by TriSec)
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Comment by wickedpam on 01/08/2020 14:34:47
Morning

ssooooo that happened......

Does anyone believe them when they say there are not causalities or injuries from the attacks last night? Or is my tinfoil too tight?

Comment by Raine on 01/08/2020 15:02:05
Quote by wickedpam:
Morning

ssooooo that happened......

Does anyone believe them when they say there are not causalities or injuries from the attacks last night? Or is my tinfoil too tight?

No it's not.

especially when I see headlines like this at WaPo:

7:04 a.m.
Kuwait news agency says hackers posted fake tweets about withdrawal of U.S. troops


Thank you Bob for being so clear-eyed with your blog this morning.

Comment by Raine on 01/08/2020 15:02:21


Good Morning.

Comment by BobR on 01/08/2020 15:19:35
Quote by wickedpam:
Morning

ssooooo that happened......

Does anyone believe them when they say there are not causalities or injuries from the attacks last night? Or is my tinfoil too tight?

The first casualty of war is the truth, and tRump is a pathological liar.

Comment by Raine on 01/08/2020 16:19:40
He's 20 minutes late -- I find this deeply disturbing.

Comment by Raine on 01/08/2020 16:23:10
And...

he's going to take questions after this address. This should be interesting.

Comment by Raine on 01/08/2020 16:25:11
Quote by Raine:
And...

he's going to take questions after this address. This should be interesting.





Comment by wickedpam on 01/08/2020 16:29:09
I have no desire to hear his voice or see his face

Comment by BobR on 01/08/2020 16:33:37
wow - tRump is lying his ass off in this address

Comment by BobR on 01/08/2020 16:35:39
"tolerited"?

Comment by Mondobubba on 01/08/2020 16:37:56
So, what is he lying about? Are we going to get kids killed in Iran?

Comment by wickedpam on 01/08/2020 16:38:33
Quote by Mondobubba:
So, what is he lying about? Are we going to get kids killed in Iran?


Everything, I'm sure.

Comment by BobR on 01/08/2020 16:39:08
Quote by Raine:
And...

he's going to take questions after this address. This should be interesting.

apparently not

Comment by BobR on 01/08/2020 16:39:26
Quote by Mondobubba:
So, what is he lying about? Are we going to get kids killed in Iran?

He lied about every aspect of the nuclear deal

Comment by Raine on 01/08/2020 16:40:46
Quote by BobR:
Quote by Mondobubba:
So, what is he lying about? Are we going to get kids killed in Iran?

He lied about every aspect of the nuclear deal

and Blamed Obama for the attck.

He called on all signatories to pull out of the JCPOA -- and if I'm correct, Iran did that a few days ago.



Comment by Raine on 01/08/2020 16:41:18
Quote by BobR:
Quote by Raine:
And...

he's going to take questions after this address. This should be interesting.

apparently not

Thank gawd-- that seems to have been a last minute change.

Comment by Raine on 01/08/2020 16:44:48
this is normal.

jeebus.





Comment by Mondobubba on 01/08/2020 16:54:30
Quote by Raine:
Quote by BobR:
Quote by Mondobubba:
So, what is he lying about? Are we going to get kids killed in Iran?

He lied about every aspect of the nuclear deal

and Blamed Obama for the attck.

He called on all signatories to pull out of the JCPOA -- and if I'm correct, Iran did that a few days ago.



Since I'm like Mala in that I can not stand to hear or look at Trump (and I've been listening to a very interesting podcast about Soleimani). I just read the update from the WaPo about him basically acting like Chip Dillard at the end of "Animal House" yelling "all is well!" when it isn't because he doesn't have a fucking clue.

So more sanctions and everybody else who signed on with the Iran nuclear deal should back out as well, continuing his bullshit about what a bad deal it was, check. And blaming this on Obama. Again par for the course.

Comment by wickedpam on 01/08/2020 17:05:44
I am gonna need a serious neck and shoulder massage when he finally gets punted. There is a knot and every muscle there is tight from stress.

Comment by TriSec on 01/08/2020 17:29:36
The true takeaway today is that Iran is now the voice of calm and restraint.

We are far from the light.



Comment by Raine on 01/08/2020 18:59:58
Quote by TriSec:
The true takeaway today is that Iran is now the voice of calm and restraint.

We are far from the light.


I've been thinkingh this as well the past few days, and it really bothers me

Comment by Raine on 01/08/2020 19:08:37
This is amazing.





Comment by TriSec on 01/08/2020 21:07:44
Ladies and gentlemen, a co-worker has challenged my Haiku ability.

Do not challenge the TriSec to a Haiku. Subject given: Disc Brakes.

Trolleys need to stop.
Step hard on the brake pedal.
Disc brakes do their work.

Clearly, I need help.