Closing Thought–17Jan20

I think most Americans agree that this Iranian general was a “bad guy”….and it is a matter opinion on whether he deserved assassination….my opinion is that he did not especially since he was carrying some peace offering to the Saudis.

There seems to be a disconnect between the officials and the American people…..a new poll shows the divide…..

A new poll from Politico-Morning Consult shows the American public substantially less on board with escalatory violence against Iran than media coverage of the situation would generally lead one to believe.

The poll showed the decision to assassinate top Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani was highly controversial. Despite weeks of vilifying Soleimani, only 44% support his killing, and 38% continue to disapprove.

There was a lot more unity on the response to Iran’s retaliation for the killing, with 71% approving of not responding militarily to that, and only 14% disapproving. It seems further escalating the conflict is something almost nobody wanted.

(antiwar.com)

That said….the president and his boyz have said that the US embassies were in danger is one reason he was taken out…..okay but so far their explanations have been far short of convincing…..and since their story has fallen apart the Pentagon has decided that Congress does not need that briefing they were promised…..

The State Department’s cancellation of two classified congressional briefings to address embassy security and Iran policy sparked lawmakers’ ire in Wednesday, according to Politico.

“This briefing is required by law every month, and today’s was the most important we’ve had scheduled in a long time,” a House aide told the publication. “The State Department has given us no explanation whatsoever.”

Several senior Foggy Bottom officials — including Brian Hook, special envoy for Iran, and David Schenker, assistant secretary of State for the Middle East — were scheduled to brief the Senate Foreign Relations Committee prior to the cancellation, Politico reported, citing a Senate aide.

Initially the embassy security briefing was to address conditions in the East African nation of Burundi, but the topic was broadened to general facility security amid U.S./Iran tensions following the U.S. killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani in a drone strike.

The White House initially claimed the strike was in response to an unspecified imminent threat posed by Soleimani, but President Trump later told Fox News host Laura Ingraham that Soleimani was plotting attacks on four U.S. embassies, which contradicted a briefing that administration officials gave lawmakers in the aftermath of the strike. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Sunday conceded that he had not seen intelligence showing an imminent embassy attack.

(thehill.com)

Just thought you might like to know the rest of the story……

I Read, I Wrote, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

9 thoughts on “Closing Thought–17Jan20

  1. I remember the days when a White House press release was respected. Probably questioned, but respected. Now, they are ridiculed, and for good reason.

  2. I don’t care a hoot if there was imminent danger or not. You don’t pass on a hit on an enemy like this when a window of opportunity presents. Glad it did not escalate and Trump very smart not to react to their counter attack because he gave them an opportunity to save face (in a harmless way) and extended offer to have negotiations. Success in showing some flag (a warning) and success in creating open talks possibilities. Do think congress should have war powers control but you can’t have hearings when a military strike must be executed in the moment. I certainly would not have notified congressional democrats pre strike either as they have repeatedly demonstrated their treachery and leaks would jeopardize the mission. I recall Teddy Roosevelt’s response to criticism when congress wanted to debate building the Panama Canal: Congress wanted to debate and while they did I built the canal.

    1. Law requires it but not to worry the president and his lackeys do not need to follow the law in some eyes…..recent domestic news proves the point…at least to people with half a thought. chuq

    1. I sure don’t because the underlying platform is Sunni vs Shiite and that flavors everything to be adversarial plus Saudi’s US allies harboring huge military bases of the US infidel military.

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