So guess who was lying again.
Courtesy of NBC News:
President Donald Trump authorized the killing of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani seven months ago if Iran’s increased aggression resulted in the death of an American, according to five current and former senior administration officials.
The presidential directive in June came with the condition that Trump would have final signoff on any specific operation to kill Soleimani, officials said.
That decision explains why assassinating Soleimani was on the menu of options that the military presented to Trump two weeks ago for responding to an attack by Iranian proxies in Iraq, in which a U.S. contractor was killed and four U.S. service members were wounded, the officials said.
The timing, however, could undermine the Trump administration’s stated justification for ordering the U.S. drone strike that killed Soleimani in Baghdad on Jan. 3. Officials have said Soleimani, the leader of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ elite Quds Force, was planning imminent attacks on Americans and had to be stopped.
In fact Trump himself claimed that Soleimani was targeting four American embassies for attack.
However his Defense Secretary walked this back.
Courtesy of NYT:
Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper said he was never shown any specific piece of evidence that Iran was planning an attack on four American embassies, as Mr. Trump had claimed just two days earlier.
“I didn’t see one with regard to four embassies,” Mr. Esper said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” But he added: “I share the president’s view that probably — my expectation was they were going to go after our embassies. The embassies are the most prominent display of American presence in a country.”
The sharp disparity between the president and his defense secretary only added to the public debate over the Jan. 3 strike that killed Iran’s most important general and whether there was sufficient justification for an operation that escalated tensions with Iran, aggravated relations with European allies and prompted Iraq to threaten to expel United States forces. General Suleimani was deemed responsible for killing hundreds of American soldiers in the Iraq war more than a decade ago, but it was not clear whether he had specific plans for a mass-casualty attack in the near future.
So clearly Trump was lying about there being a threat.
Nancy Pelosi also made an appearance on the Sunday talk shows, and she did not help Trump’s argument one little bit.
Courtesy of Politico:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday that the Trump administration was not “straight with Congress” about its killing of Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani.
When Pelosi told the administration that the “Gang of Eight” — made up of congressional leadership and intelligence committee chiefs and ranking members — should have been informed before the strike, the response was: “We had to keep it close.”
“You had to ‘keep it close’?” Pelosi said on ABC’s “This Week.” “What you’re saying is you don’t trust the Congress of the United States with sources and methods and timing?”
“That’s wrong. That is wrong.”
So no congressional approval, no evidence of an imminent attack, and we are now seeing Iranian students being recruited as suicide bombers instead of marching in the streets protesting their government, which was the case not so very long ago.
Is this finally enough to convince people that Donald Trump is a dangerous megalomaniac who needs to be removed from office?