With all the folks who work at the White House, and within the Trump Administration, how is it that there is no one answer as to the reason a decision was made to assassinate an Iranian governmental official?
Could it be that there is no answer to be given?
The reasons have been jarring for those who believe that rational thought needs to be applied by the top members of our government when putting out the call for an execution. We were told that Maj. Gen. Suleimani was planning an “imminent” attack. When pressed by reporters about how imminent that threat was they could not say. When queried about where such attacks were to be made, again there was no answer.
When pressed about the lack of credibility with their non-answers, given the gravity of the breaking of international law, was the time when Trump and Company turned their PR to talk about the crimes Suleimani had already committed. Trump started talking about four embassies being in the line of attack. But what would have been comical had it not been so dreadfully serious, was when Defense Secretary Esper stated publically he did not have such information about four embassies.
The muck got deeper Monday when it was reported Trump authorized the killing of Soleimani seven months ago. So the “imminent” attack line about the need for the assassination can be summed as just pure fabrication. When a nation is being taken to the brink of war Trump and his team MUST have a better grasp of the facts, and also know the nation has a BS meter that is very finely tuned, given all we have had to deal with since January 2017.
This all just further confirms that facts don’t matter in this administration. The only thing that matters is what Trump believes. That is a terrible place for a republic to find itself. The supporters of Trump have no idea why that is so, and Trump’s enablers seem to be caught up in their partisanship and not caring.
All who are reading this blog can recall when actual intelligence data was the underlying foundation for actions taken and policies created. We also know how dismaying it is to live at a time when a huge percentage of the citizenry does not trust anything this Administration has to say about a wide variety of issues. This military action is just the latest.
Just another reason then that historians will write of Trump as unbalanced, and ill. He will be judged, and rightly so, with the disdain of future generations.