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03 January 2020

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mac

Colonel,

Not sure where to begin....I don't see how Qom does not move towards the establishment of a credible Iranian nuclear deterrent. They will be responding to the wishes of the Iranian people. On the other hand, after the Navy shot down Iran Air 655, I believe it was followed by Iran's acceptance of UNSR 598, and the poison chalice. However, my sense from being there in 2016 and again after Trump reimposed sanctions in 2018, the ordinary people want their government, whatever its form, to move towards the establishment of a credible nuclear deterrent. I am very discouraged and can't help but ask, if it gets ugly, will we revisit Korematsu? Have we considered the possibility of military defeat abroad?

Babak Makkinejad

Col. Lang:

Was Abraham Lincoln an evil man? Or Stonewall Jackson?

Trump has murdered RobTrump has publicly owned the muder of Robert E. Lee.

The Shia and Iran is in mourning.

And who knows what tomorrow shall bring.

reggie meezer

It appears that Pompeo is designating parts of the Iraqi Military, the PMU, terrorist organizations:

https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2020/01/03/world/middleeast/03reuters-iraq-security-usa-designation.html

plantman

Tulsi has my vote too.
I wasn't sure I'd vote for her before Trump killed this guy, but now I'm ready to commit.

JamesT

J,

The problem for Israel is that their idiot Likudniks have gotten them between a rock and a hard place. The IRGC has embarked on a long term effort to deploy precision guided ballistic and cruise missiles to Lebanon and Syria. The more they deploy the worse the next war will be for Israel. If you think 2006 was ugly, just wait until Hezbollah starts striking Israeli water desalination plants and other critical infrastructure targets. So a war now would be bad, but the longer that Hezbollah has to prepare the worse it is going to get.

Paco

Foreign nationals will be delighted to stop interfering in US elections when the US stops interfering in ours, better yet, when the US packs it up and leaves. Your country is the gravest threat to life in the known history of this planet, and the planet is sick and tired of you guys.
Grin go ho me, the sooner the better. And stop thinking that the world won't be able to kick you out.

Paco

The president of the USA publicly gloating about murdering a foreign high ranking official and a high ranking military figure of an occupied country. And all the subjects -they cannot be called citizens, they are plain slaves- of that so called exemplary republic clapping and flag waving. As much as I was astounded as a child in history class learning of Caligula and his consul horse or Nero burning Rome while playing the lyre, future history class children -if there are any left- will be shocked by the shameful episode the USA is writing in the history book.

JMH

The strike was so egregious that: if the Iraqi Parliament does not vote for the US to leave, it will be a de facto passive endorsement of the strike and a legitimizer of it.

turcopolier

Paco

You can't do any better than to come to SST to shit on us when we are trying to tell the truth? Don't come back.

turcopolier

A Pols

Nobody expects that a president generates all the ideas. The question is which ones he listens to.

Somkuti Balint

https://www.jadaliyya.com/Details/39946?fbclid=IwAR0PEsYDP5utocMcOu1X0wIBgM4CDDnvvJM8ORbhaIoK2EQPDM1axdKUbrg

Same is true for Russia.

Ignorant empire dont last.

reggie meezer

It's on:

Following the #US assassination of #Qassem_Soleimani "The red flag was raised over Jamkaran mosque in #Qom #Iran & it won't be taken down until revenge against the US is fulfilled" via
@Sara_Haj
.

https://twitter.com/ejmalrai/status/1213453920493821952

Barbara Ann

Babak

I fear tomorrow's uncertainty for us all will be especially acute for Americans of your ethnicity. Take care.

The Beaver

FWIW: Trump is trying to negotiate for de-escalation with the Iranian officials.
Yesterday via teh Swiss Ambassador , his message according to IFP news:
'if you want to take revenge, do it in a way that's proportional to US attack'. But Iran has rejected the request angrily & said we'll give our own response in due time and appropriate place

Today the Qatari deputy FM/PM was sent to Tehran to negotiate on behalf of the US with the Iranian FM. First he went to show his respects to the Supreme leader and then he reported the second message from the US:
offered "nuclear deal" and lifting sanctions in exchange of no response

vig

on FP I liked Stephan Walt's take most.

the standard tale or analyis via Politico.
Why the Death of an Iranian Commander Won’t Mean World War III, RAY TAKEYH
https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2020/01/03/iran-loses-its-imperial-strategist-093175

Author profile:
https://militarist-monitor.org/profile/ray-takeyh/

******

Do you recall or were you aware at all of the 2011 Iranian assassination blot in, of all places Washington DC? Well he was the mastermind mind behind it. Imagine. As of a lot else, I recall too.

Well General Qasem Soleimani wasn't mentioned explicitely at the time as far as I recall, there may be some "Western image" merging going on. And in some cases mentioned he wasn't even in charge.

Welcome back to the future. In the Twilight Zone your special forces and their friends may be my enemies or to use the more easy post 9/11 shortcut: terrorists. Let's see if it is quite as easy to get us back there.

An attempt at a portrait of Qassem Suleimani by Dexter Filkins, September 2013

The Shadow Commander
Qassem Suleimani is the Iranian operative who has been reshaping the Middle East. Now he’s directing Assad’s war in Syria.
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2013/09/30/the-shadow-commander


His for me new and somewhat varing image from true-believer-to-true-believer was that the he created Shia Crescent almost singlehandedly with his terrorist group. Well post 9/11 it wasn't yet called that. It was according to e.g. Mr. Faster Please: forward brave soldiers, first let's take Syria and then Iran.

Rest in Peace General.

EEngineer

One can only hope that this was Trump's way of giving the Neocons enough rope to hang themselves. Every time he makes noises about leaving the middle east they call for his head. So the next best thing is to arrange to get kicked out. An ugly and dangerous way to do it though. He does seem to have a blind rage for Iran so perhaps he actually does want to start a war with them. Too many moving pieces to tell...

Jack

Why is Tucker Carlson the only media personality in the mainstream media who calls it as it should on so many topics?

https://www.foxnews.com/media/tucker-carlson-blasts-washington-establishment-for-pushing-war-with-iran.amp

Watch the latest video at foxnews.com

PeterYangYeovil

Colonel Lang called it. As per somebody on Twitter, Soleimani's handwritten will reads:

“My wife, I have chosen my burial place in the cemetery of the Martyrs of Kerman, Mahmoud knows it. I want my gravestone to be simple. Just write ‘Soldier Qassem Soleimani.’ No more titles and phrases.”

Jack

Sir,

Trump broke some serious norms here. As you note Soleimani was an active duty Iranian general and killed by US forces who are supposedly in Iraq to train Iraqi military personnel.

Conservative commentator Mike Cernovich sates:

Trump broke the rules with the strike on Qasem Soleimani.

- He set a precedent that might end up making a member of the American ruling class a target of the Iranians and other terrorists.

The powerful and well-connected are NOT supposed to experience the pain of forever war.

https://twitter.com/cernovich/status/1213385440805310464?s=21

Would the Iranian retribution list include the big ziocon financiers? That would be a gamechanger as the new rules of assassination extended to the Party of Davos.

Vegetius

It has to be aimed at the low IQ individuals. So this guy was just another evil mustache man: Hitler, Stalin, Castro, Ho, Saddam, Bin Laden, etc.

This is the conditioning. Almost a century's worth.

The man was a legitimate target and he died with his boots on.

Hopefully we don't go all Guns of August. Hell of a way to start what was already going to be a crazy year.

More concerning to me: is it true that Trump told the Zionists before he told anyone in our Congress? What do the "Constitutional Conservatives" have to say about that?


turcopolier

Vegetius

"More concerning to me: is it true that Trump told the Zionists before he told anyone in our Congress?" Tell me about that.

Something To Think About

It might be a good idea for the Rich and Powerful to cancel the 2020 party weekend at Davos.

vig

Yes, I would be interested too. Maybe not for quite the same reasons.

Is that the earlier Publius Flavius?

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