Good Monday morning.
Here is what’s on the president’s agenda today:
- The president participates in a credentialing ceremony for newly appointed Ambassadors to Washington, D.C.
- President Trump receives his intelligence briefing
- The president has lunch with the Vice President
What does “war” with Iran look like?
All the smart people in the media and the political industry, arguably another one of Iran’s proxies, are wailing and lamenting we are on the verge of WWIII because Trump enforced a red line and wiped Iran’s bloody General Soleimani (and company) off the earth. Trump’s move followed a series of escalations by Iran culminating the death of a U.S. contractor and Iran’s attack on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, Iraq (an Iran proxy.) An attack on our embassy, as you know, is an attack on U.S. soil, so Trump used his gun in a knife fight after passing on several other Iranian provocations. There have been 11 attacks on U.S. properties by Iran-backed forces in the last two months. The idea that Iran wouldn’t keep attacking and escalating against the U.S. had Trump not throat punched the terror regime is simply fantastical thinking.
The smart folk would have you believe Trump’s decision to fight back means the U.S. is going to war with Iran and will be putting down roots for an extended nation building, regime-change oriented vacation stay in Iraq. But this is a huge leap enforced by two main interests: those who want to agitate the war-weary public against the president and those discredited war enthusiasts who want to commence the lucrative war industry and reassert their discredited foreign policy authority. But there’s no reason or evidence to conclude that Trump wants or intends a war with Iran. Trump has consistently tried to get our troops out of foreign dumpster fires started by his predecessors, specifically in Syria (Iran proxy) and Afghanistan. Even Trump’s follow up tweets about Iran say nothing, not even a hint, about the U.S. sending an army of someone else’s children to Iraq for some Yankee Doodle Dandy. In fact, Trump wants to make a deal, tweeting out to Iran: you’ve never won a war but you’ve never lost a negotiation. There will be no “war.”
Trump doesn’t have to do anything more than he has already done. He can sit back, having made an unambiguous statement about what the U.S. won’t tolerate from Iran and put the ball in their court. Will Iran attack the U.S. again as they so promised? Iran had nothing to worry about under the pro-Iranian Obama administration and even Trump gave Iran several passes before taking out Soleimani. Things don’t look so good for Iran should they decide to continue their escalation:
Two dozen missiles or bombing sorties could wipe out Iran’s economy in a matter of hours. Fewer than a dozen power plants generate 60% of Iran’s electricity, and eight refineries produce 80% of its distillates. A single missile strike could disable each of these facilities, and bunker-buster bombs of the kind that Israel used last month in Lebanon would entirely destroy them. Without much effort, the US could destroy the Port of Kharg from which Iran exports 90% of its hydrocarbons.
We don’t have to send a battalion of our blood and treasure over to the ground to carry those moves out.
What Iran really wants is the sanctions lifted and desperately to rebuild its tarnished image at home where the poor Iranian citizens have seen financial ruin as their dictators direct cash money to their proxies in Lebanon, Yemen, Syria and Iraq. Only two months ago, Iran killed more than 1,000 anti-regime protestors. There is unease at home. But Iran has made a disastrous calculation that poking the U.S. and trying to drive them out of Iraq with a death by 1,000 cuts would help them achieve a desired rehabilitation in their homeland. The U.S. will leave Iraq on its terms not when the Iranians, who control Iraq, tell us to go. But we should go, there’s no doubt about that, we don’t need to stay in Iraq to squeeze Iran and make it very,very uncomfortable for them to pursue their nuclear ambitions.
The most important variable in the Iranian equation is the nuclear one. The Trump Administration has sent a message that red lines will not be crossed, that we aren’t going to pretend that their proxies are the agents of destruction across the Middle East and that Iran will be held responsible for those actions if they involve America. Trump is serious, as he should be, that Iran isn’t going to get nuclear capacities and his decisions to to wipe out Iran’s terror mastermind and his minions shows Iran the U.S. is fully willing to do what is necessary, with continuing crippling economic sanctions and strategic and selective striking of critical targets to keep them from their nuclear dreams once we set out our boundaries.”We aren’t looking for regime change – I just want to make that clear. We are looking for no nuclear weapons,” said Trump last year. No nuclear weapons. That is what this is really about.
That doesn’t mean we need to hang out in Iraq and that doesn’t mean we need to send boots on the ground, I’m sorry to disappoint all the war-enthusiast neo cons who interpret Trump’s Soleimani strike to mean a return to establishment foreign policy’s business as usual. That’s not going to happen.
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Trump says he’ll sanction Iraq if US troops forced to leave
Iran’s general replacing Soleimani vows revenge for US killing
Pelosi says House will introduce ‘War Power Resolution’ aimed to limit Trump’s Iran military action
Iraqi officials have begun outlining steps for the withdrawal of all foreign forces, PM says
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There was an awards show last night…
I didn’t watch it, of course but man, the clip of Ricky Gervais taking a giant sh!t in Hollywood’s living room was terrific. You want to watch:
Golden Globes 2020: The complete winners list
Michelle Williams: ‘Women … please vote in your own self-interest. It’s what men have been doing for years.’
Golden Globe Awards host Ricky Gervais tears into Hollywood elite, Disney, Amazon, Apple
Patricia Arquette fears war, urges everyone to ‘vote in 2020’ during Golden Globes acceptance speech
American teen shot dead in Mexico while vacationing with family
Singular ‘they’ is voted Word of the Decade by U.S. linguists
Thousands march in New York City against anti-Semitism in wake of attacks
10,000 march across Brooklyn Bridge to protest spike in anti-Semitic attacks
Key Trump adviser predicts USMCA will pass Senate as early as Friday
Colin Kaepernick Weighs In On Iran. Twitter Users Make Him Wish He Hadn’t
Republican AGs Say Bloomberg Is Secretly Embedding An Army Of Anti-Trump Attorneys Inside State Offices
Ratcliffe Says Comey, Brennan Gave ‘Conflicting Testimony’ About Steele Dossier
Graham gives Pelosi ultimatum, proposes Senate rule change to remove her from impeachment process
GOP rep: Democrats changing their mind on impeachment trial rules
‘He’s A Racist’: Lindsey Graham Rips ‘Loser’ Kaepernick’s Anti-American Comments
U.S. plans for Venezuela hit turbulence as Maduro tries Assembly takeover
FBI searches Idaho home of doomsday writer in search for missing kids
20-year-old McDonald’s burger still looks brand new, smells like cardboard
WAT. Someone released bedbugs in a Pennsylvania Walmart and now police are investigating
American family attacked in Mexico, child killed
And that’s all I’ve got, now go beat back the angry mob!