Pentagon chief says there was no evidence of imminent Iran attackPosted by Josh Taylor / January 13, 2020
Donald Trump claimed that Iran was planning an attack on U.S. embassies, and so he ordered the attack on Qassem Soleimani. But U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper has admitted that there was no such evidence.
One of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s top advisors has made it clear that Iran has no problem with the American people or even the American government. The “sole problem,” he said, “is Trump.” His full tweet reads:
“We have ZERO problems with the American people. We even achieved deals with previous US administrations. Our sole problem is Trump. In the event of war, it is he who will bear full responsibility.”
Trump’s decision to kill an Iranian military leader shocked the Pentagon officials, who only pitched it to him to make the other options sound more reasonable.
Donald Trump also shocked Pentagon officials when announced that United States forces would withdraw from northeastern Syria in order to allow a Turkish offensive. His decision appears unilateral, and it stunned national security leaders––including his own team. One official, speaking anonymously, said that Trump got out-negotiated by Turkish dictator Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The National Security Council source said that Trump got “rolled.”
Trump, naturally, seems confident. He tweetned, “As I have stated strongly before, and just to reiterate, if Turkey does anything that I, in my great and unmatched wisdom, consider to be off limits, I will totally destroy and obliterate the Economy of Turkey (I’ve done before!)…They must, with Europe and others, watch over the captured ISIS fighters and families…it is time now for others in the region, some of great wealth, to protect their own territory.”
That’s well and good, but now the Kurds, who have done so much to stop IS, are left alone with the wolves. It’s a poor way to repay them.
This is hardly the first time that Trump’s decisions regarding foreign leaders have raised eyebrows. Former Trump staff members have reported feeling “horrified” at Trump’s fawning, simpering calls with both Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Putin. He promised the president of Peru a C-130 overnight, which proved to be a logistical nightmare––and also, why overnight? When Trump’s staff are worried about his sucking up to foreign leaders––especially Putin––we all need to be worried. It’s like seeing a flight attendant panic during heavy turbulence. When that happens, you know you’re doomed.