Here it is. Here’s the next step we all expected: retaliation followed by the President justifying his first attack because of that retaliation. Iran has claimed responsibility for attacking an Iraqi – at which US troops are housed.
From the AP:
Iran says it has launched “tens” of surface-to-surface missiles at Iraq’s Ain Assad air base housing U.S. troops over America’s killing of a top Iranian general.
State TV described it early Wednesday as Tehran’s revenge operation over the killing of Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani.
Iran’s Revolutionary Guard then warned the U.S. and its regional allies against retaliating over the missile attack in Iraq. The Guard issued the warning via a statement carried by Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency.
From ABC (heads up – autoplay video):
Defense Secretary Mark Esper said in a briefing at the Pentagon on Tuesday afternoon that the U.S. was ready to retaliate for any attack launched by Iran.
“To our partners and allies and to the Iran regime, I would like to say we are not looking to start a war with Iran. But we are prepared to finish one,” Esper said. “As I’ve told my many colleagues, as I spoke to them over the last few days, what we like to see is the situation be de-escalated and for Iran to sit down with us to begin a discussion about a better way ahead.”
I honestly don’t have anything intelligent to say. What the fuck happens now? Are we just going to enter into another endless war without any plans or goals?
Also important: are the American people more skeptical than before? The aftermath of 9/11 and the beginning of the Iraq War saw nearly a McCarthy-esque scene: opposing the war in any form was viewed career suicide for almost any elected official. You couldn’t really say you were against it or even question it in mixed company unless you wanted to start a fight about whether you were a traitor to your people. Support The Troops is a punch line for a reason.
Even if we elect all the good guys in November, they won’t be able to stop this now. And how should our allies (or Iran) know that we won’t just elect another warmonger the next go around? Why should we be trusted?
Here’s a take I can’t really argue with. Noam Chomsky: US Is a Rogue State and Suleimani’s Assassination Confirms It
After Bush took over, qualifications were dropped. It was asserted as fact that the U.S. “has assumed many of the very features of the ‘rogue nations’ against which it has … done battle.” Others outside the U.S. mainstream might think of different words for the worst crime of the millennium, a textbook example of aggression without credible pretext, the “supreme international crime” of Nuremberg.
This is what Trump wanted. He wanted a retaliation to start his war. This is what his buddies who sell war want. They are ready to destroy the world.
Disparate factions of Iranian people have been unified in mourning the loss of their leader. They. Are. Pissed. American blood will spill over this.