By Steven R. Maher
Is Donald Trump a “Mad Dog,” or is he just trying to appeal to votes, as the fictional President did in the celebrated movie “Wage the Dog” by bombing another country? In the American political lexicon, this “Wag the Dog” movie reference means that the President was trying to divert attention from a domestic scandal.
Along with America, this writer woke up on Friday January 3, 2020, to find out that we are a big step closer to being at war with Iran after President Donald Trump ordered the U.S. military to kill Iranian Quds force commander Qassim Soleimani. The Quds force is a unit of the Iranian military that conducts terror attacks abroad against foreign states, usually in conjunction with terrorist groups such as Lebanon’s Hezbollah and the Shiite militias in Iraq. I think Trump had no idea about the outrageousness of his actions. Qassim Soleimani was an evil man who deserted to die for his crimes. But Trump was not going after some terrorist leader hiding in a cave. He was going after one of the most powerful men in the Iranian hierarchy. I don’t think he understood how this would look to the rest of his countrymen, never mind the rest of the world.
I lean to the theory that this was a “Wag the Dog” motivation compounded by Trump’s incompetence.
This was a situation of Trump trying to solidify his base and not comprehending the enormity of what he was doing.
I’m also starting to wonder how much more Trump has to do to solidify his base. If the people supporting him are not satisfied with Trump now, nothing Trump does will change their minds. If they won’t vote for him now, they never will.
If Trump was trying to provoke Iran, he couldn’t have done anything more provocative then killing the second highest leader in the Iranian state. This would be equivalent to a foreign state killing on American (or Canadian or Mexican) soil the U.S. Secretary of Defense. It was an act of war against a country the United States has not declared war on.
Do you feel safer?
After the Soleimani killing, Trump said Americans should feel safer.
Former Defense Secretary and CIA Director Leon Panetta on Friday warned the U.S. is now closer to entering a conflict with Iran than it has been for decades following the President Donald Trump-authorized airstrike that killed top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani. Soleimani, among other activities, was the commander in chief of the Quds force.
Panetta, who headed the Pentagon from 2011 to 2013, told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer “the real question” about the killing was not about if he agreed with the strike but “whether or not this action has given us less of a chance of going to war or increases the chances of war” according to the Huffington Post website. “And I think right now we are closer to war with Iran than we’ve been in the last 40 years. “And that is a danger that we have to pay attention to that was not dealt with with one act.”
JFK – so superior to Trump, our moron in chief!