They should have known that crazy people always choose the crazy option.
Courtesy of NYT:
In the chaotic days leading to the death of Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, Iran’s most powerful commander, top American military officials put the option of killing him — which they viewed as the most extreme response to recent Iranian-led violence in Iraq — on the menu they presented to President Trump.
They didn’t think he would take it. In the wars waged since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, Pentagon officials have often offered improbable options to presidents to make other possibilities appear more palatable.
After initially rejecting the Suleimani option on Dec. 28 and authorizing airstrikes on an Iranian-backed Shiite militia group instead, a few days later Mr. Trump watched, fuming, as television reports showed Iranian-backed attacks on the American Embassy in Baghdad, according to Defense Department and administration officials.
By late Thursday, the president had gone for the extreme option. Top Pentagon officials were stunned.
You know you would think that after three years people would know what kind of idiot we were dealing with.
And now the military officials and White House advisers are tasked with trying to make what Trump did in a half-cocked spur of the minute decision seem reasonable and well thought out.
Here was Mike Pence this morning on MTP trying to do just that.
NEW: @GStephanopoulos presses Sec. of State Mike Pomepo on Trump’s tweet warning cultural sites could be targeted if Iran retaliates: “Why is the president threatening Iran with war crimes?”
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) January 5, 2020
These people, the ones who provide Trump with the veneer of credibility, are just as guilty of crimes against the state as Trump himself.
P.S. This was the scene at Suleimani’s funeral today.
This is the largest crowd I’ve ever witnessed in my life. I’ve never seen Iranians so unified, ever.
This is Suleimani’s funeral in Ahvaz, Iran.
Trump has no idea what he has done.pic.twitter.com/ScUhduX96S
— Amir (@AmirAminiMD) January 5, 2020
So was Trump’s campaign promise to unify the Iranians?
Because that seems to be what he has done.