Why does this not surprise me?
Courtesy of New York Magazine:
Deep inside a long, detailed Wall Street Journal report about President Trump’s foreign policy advisers is an explosive nugget: “Mr. Trump, after the strike, told associates he was under pressure to deal with Gen. Soleimani from GOP senators he views as important supporters in his coming impeachment trial in the Senate, associates said.” This is a slightly stronger iteration of a fact the New York Times reported three days ago, to wit, “pointed out to one person who spoke to him on the phone last week that he had been pressured to take a harder line on Iran by some Republican senators whose support he needs now more than ever amid an impeachment battle.”
This would not mean Trump ordered the strike entirely, or even primarily, in order to placate Senate Republicans. But it does constitute an admission that domestic political considerations influenced his decision. That would, of course, constitute a grave dereliction of duty. Trump is so cynical he wouldn’t even recognize that making foreign policy decisions influenced by impeachment is the kind of thing he shouldn’t say out loud. Of course, using his foreign policy authority for domestic political gain is the offense Trump is being impeached for. It would be characteristically Trumpian to compound the offense as part of his efforts to avoid accountability for it.
Of course his impeachment is directing all of Trump’s decision making at this time.
Most people would know to keep that to themselves, but not Trump.
We also learned recently that Trump may have wanted to make a bigger splash than simply taking out one Iranian general.
Courtesy of WaPo:
On the day the U.S. military killed a top Iranian commander in Baghdad, U.S. forces carried out another top-secret mission against a senior Iranian military official in Yemen, according to U.S. officials.
The strike targeting Abdul Reza Shahlai, a financier and key commander in Iran’s elite Quds Force who has been active in Yemen, did not result in his death, according to four U.S. officials familiar with the matter.
All of those people who are buying into Trump’s new excuse of protecting our embassies for killing Soleimani are fucking morons.
If that were true Trump would have announced it to the press right after the drone strike, which he didn’t do.
Or at the very least shared it in that confidential briefing with Democratic and Republican senators the other day, which he also didn’t do.
Trump obviously made it up during that interview on Fox News, and now his administration and supporters are scrambling to cover for him.
By the way, it would appear that just about everybody is upset with Trump for killing Soleimani except for one group, ISIS.
Courtesy of the Daily Mail:
ISIS has claimed the death of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani was an act of ‘divine intervention’ and that it will benefit their jihadist cause.
After the assassination of Soleimani, the head of the Iran’s elite Quds force, the US-led coalition tasked with holding back ISIS in Iraq paused all operations, turning itself instead on Iranian aggression directed towards America.
In the weekly ISIS newspaper al-Naba, the extremists said that while their enemies were fighting each other, draining energy and resources, the jihadists would be able to regroup, according to the BBC.
We can certainly write this off as opportunistic propaganda, but it is true that a number of forces that were working to drive ISIS out of the country have pulled their troops out or redirected their efforts.
Right now nobody is paying much attention to ISIS and of course that works in their favor.