— Norah O’Donnell🇺🇸 (@NorahODonnell) January 8, 2020
And now we have war.
Courtesy of CNN:
Iran launched more than a dozen missiles at two Iraqi bases that hold US troops in what appears to be retaliation for the American airstrike that killed a top Iranian general last week, the Pentagon said Tuesday.
A US official told CNN that there were no initial reports of any US casualties, but an assessment is underway. There are casualties among the Iraqis at Ain al-Asad airbase following the attack, an Iraqi security source tells CNN. The number of casualties and whether the individuals were killed or wounded was not immediately clear.
White House aides are making plans for a possible address to the nation by President Donald Trump, according to two officials.
The attack comes days after the US killed top Iranian General Qasem Soleimani in an airstrike in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad. The administration has sought to cast that strike as an attempt to de-escalate tensions with Iran, but Tehran has vowed revenge for the killing, which it says was an “act of war” and “state terrorism.”
In a statement, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, or IRGC, said the attacks were “hard revenge” for the death of Soleimani. The IRGC said in the statement that any country housing US troops could be subject to “hostile and aggressive acts” and called on American citizens to demand the government remove US troops from the region.
“To the Great Satan (a reference to the US) … we warn that if you repeat your wickedness or take any additional movements or make additional aggression, we will respond with more painful and crushing responses,” the statement read.
There was a reason that the Obama Administration did not take this guy out, and now the idiots in the White House might finally understand their reasoning.
Oh and don’t forget this:
Reminder that as this crisis escalates, we have no Director of National Intelligence, no Dep Dir, no Homeland Security Secretary, no Dep Sec, no head of CBP or ICE, no State Dept Under Sec of Arms Control, no Asst Sec for Europe, and no Navy Sec.
— Garrett M. Graff (@vermontgmg) January 8, 2020
We are not even remotely prepared to wage another war.
And you can bet your ass that Iraq wants our troops out of their country now.
Update: There is talk that Trump might address the nation tonight concerning these attacks.
Is there anybody who really wants to hear from that fucking idiot right now?
Update 2: Just in case you harbored any hope that this would not escalate.
Sen. Lindsey Graham: “If we have to retaliate because they continue to come after us, it will be a massive retaliation.” pic.twitter.com/RLS6WDsyPz
— The Hill (@thehill) January 8, 2020
The drums of war are getting louder and louder every minute.