Ready or not, let’s go. I’m pretty sure we’ve just celebrated the start of 2020. But it’s a little hard to say, with so many American executives and TV experts talking like it’s 2003.

Following Thursday’s US attack on Iranian authorities in Iraq, a strike who killed Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani– the same psychopathic warmongers who lied to us during the Iraq war happily spat out their old nonsense, with a few minor updates.

Will they welcome us as liberators? Yeah!

An “imminent threat” has canceled the normal channels of action? Yeah!

Someone must be punished and cursed at the consequences: THE VENGEANCE IS OURS! Yeah, Yeah, Yeah.

Cable news producers have even been dust off Karl Rove and other Bush-era prevaricators to fabricate consent to a new generation of American warfare in the Middle East.

And we’re pretty much so close to bring back Freedom Fries.

The hawks keep reminding everyone that Soleimani was “evil”, and suggesting that this just warrants taking him out from above as he arrives in Iraq for a diplomatic visit … and that no one else is. not thrilled with last night’s actions love terrorists or hate Donald Trump too much to appreciate it.

It should go without saying, but it is possible to be against the actions of Soleimani and the forces he led and still believe that the Trump administration is handling this in the wrong way. It’s possible to think that Soleimani deserves a nasty fate while still believing that the United States shouldn’t just assassinate foreign leaders we don’t like. And It’s entirely possible-although apparently not for many empathetic toads in government and the media -to believe that the lives of American troops and others who are now in greater danger are worth more than the fleeting satisfaction of revenge or feel like you ‘I won a news cycle.

The Pentagon said the purpose of the attack was to deter “future Iranian attack plans.” Because if there is one thing that pacifies terrorist cells and prevents acts of aggression against Americans, it is to kill their leaders …

But the repercussions of this reckless act – and the post-murder smoothing –will probably be to be huge.

Taking out Soleimani as we did is not like a drone hitting terrorists in their secret hiding place or killing the leader of a rogue militia. The Quds force commanded by Soleimani may have been engaged in an unconventional war, but it is also an official part of the Iranian armed forces, not a stateless terrorist cell. And Soleimani was not just an Osama bin Laden-like prophet of death; he was a high-ranking figure in the Iranian government.

Killing Soleimani in this way is akin to another country killing Vice President Mike Pence or a member of Trump’s cabinet while attending a public event or going to a public office. And the public nature of the attack, magnified by the administration’s senseless boasting about it afterwards, will leave Iran with little politically feasible choice but to retaliate in a public manner.

On Friday morning, the US State Department warned Americans in Iraq to leave immediately.

Some to suggest that because the strike against Soleimani took place in Iraq and the US military is allowed to be in Iraq, everything is legally sound. Even if you accept this, there is a big difference between authorized and should.

“Iran is a state with a significant capacity to stir up trouble in its neighborhood,” and “Soleimani’s death does not want the Quds Force, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps or the Islamic Republic of Iran disappear ”, points out Daniel Drezner. “A large number of Iranians and other Shiites will want to retaliate. Standard theory of international relations suggests that the beheading of a key leader would not fundamentally affect the ability of that state to act.”

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has promised that a “severe retaliation awaits.” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called Soleimani’s murder “an act of state terrorism and a violation of Iraq’s sovereignty.”

Many Democrats are now distancing themselves from this mess, but they must answer for the fact that they voted overwhelmingly against a measure to deprive the Trump administration of money for offensive attacks in Iran.

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