I said this morning in another repost from MiningAwareness we are NOT prepared for the “HELL” that is coming.. and the military is deploying the wrong troops to the wrong places!! 911 is a ‘firecracker’ compared to what is looming.. HERE AT HOME COMING TO A CITY NEAR YOU!
I told you to get rid of DumbAss Doofus before he does something DumbAss, but now it is too late – remember the 7 P’s — Proper Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance and stock up on the 3 B’s — Beans, Bullets and Band-aids!! LOLROTF.. enjoy the ride!! 😊
A Reckless Killing
On Thursday night, the Trump administration killed Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, who led Iran’s elite Quds Force, in an airstrike near Baghdad International Airport — an assassination of a senior official from a foreign government that also constituted an act of war. The attack sharply escalated U.S.-Iran tensions, which have been on the rise since President Donald Trump backed out of the Obama-era nuclear deal and ramped up sanctions designed to punish Tehran. Mehdi Hasan reminds us that descriptions of Trump as a “dove, a noninterventionist, an old-fashioned isolationist” during the 2016 election and beyond were naive and misguided.
Even as relations between the U.S. and Iran have deteriorated, some have hoped that the two powers could maintain a tenuous peace in Iraq and even eventually find their way back to the negotiating table. But Murtaza Hussain warns that Suleimani’s killing will likely eliminate future dialogue between the U.S. and Iran: “The decision to kill such a powerful individual without any apparent idea of what comes next is chillingly reckless. It is safe to say that if, as likely, bloodshed in the region immediately escalates, Iraqi civilians will pay the highest price.”
The Intercept spent years translating, analyzing, authenticating, and contextualizing secret Iranian intelligence reports for an investigation we launched in November, which includes one story co-published with the New York Times. Our ongoing reporting on the Iran Cables offers valuable insights that can help readers make sense of the ragged power play between Iran and the United States in Iraq.
UNTIL HIS DEATH last night in an airstrike near Baghdad International Airport, Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani was the United States’s most formidable adversary in the Middle East. As commander of the Quds Force, the external operations branch of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Suleimani fought a decadelong proxy war against the U.S. and its allies across Iraq and the region. It was a conflict in which the Iranian side has largely come out on top, as their own leaked internal documents have shown.
The reported airstrike last night has taken this bitter conflict to an altogether new level. The killing of Suleimani, along with several other top Iraqi Shia militia leaders, is the single most significant lethal operation since the joint U.S.-Israeli assassination of Lebanese Hezbollah operative Imad Mughniyeh in Damascus in 2008.