Thursday, August 11, 2022

Today Is The Day Donald Trump Became President - For Life!

More than half the commentariat would have decreed it would be irresponsible to change presidents under these circumstances (war, "contested" election).
Among those pushing the President to hit Iran before Biden’s Inauguration, Milley believed, was the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. On December 18th, the same day that Trump met with Flynn to discuss instituting martial law, Milley met with Netanyahu at his home in Jerusalem to personally urge him to back off with Trump. “If you do this, you’re gonna have a fucking war,” Milley told him.

Two days later, on December 20th, Iranian-backed militias in Iraq fired nearly two dozen rockets at the American Embassy in Baghdad. Trump responded by publicly blaming Iran and threatening major retaliation if so much as a single American was killed. It was the largest attack on the Green Zone in more than a decade, and exactly the sort of provocation Milley had been dreading.
When I read this stuff, I assume things like "Iranian-backed militias in Iraq" are, well, not that. I am not a smart foreign policy talking guy, but this type of thinking just seems absurd to me:
The biggest fear was that Iran would provoke Trump, and, using an array of diplomatic and military channels, American officials warned the Iranians not to exploit the volatile domestic situation in the U.S. “There was a distinct concern that Iran would take advantage of this to strike at us in some way,” Adam Smith, the House Armed Services chairman, recalled.
Of all the entities interested in stirring up shit, Iran seems pretty low on the list!