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No to War with Iran! The Wounded Beast Syndrome…U.S. Assassinates Iranian General Qassim Suleimani in a Heliocopter Attack – 5 – Negotiating with “the Deplorables”

January 6, 2020

from anti-war demonstration, Denver, Colorado – January 4, 2020.

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Bottom line: The Deplorables didn’t have a clue about the anger and anti-American sentiment that murdering Suleimani would unleash and now don’t have a clue as to how to deal with it. They are vaguely – at least some of them – aware that are in trouble, big time.

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The deplorables…

On a Skype call with an old friend from Finland.

She wants to hear – but doesn’t want to hear – about “the deplorables” – her metaphor for the Trump Administration and what the future holds for the Middle East. “No long, gory details,” she asks. “If its gonna get better I want to know, but it isn’t, is it?” she continues. How to answer in a few words – always difficult for me! But I remember what a Tunisian-Jew friend in Los Angeles told me about the Tunisian situation just after Ben Ali was overthrown: “First it’s gonna get worse…. and then it will get better.”

So I tried that. She was unimpressed.

The Deplorables? Good title for a rock band, less fitting, but unfortunately all to apt for the President of the United States, his cabinet and the Congress.

So, what ARE the Deplorables up to?

Well, I’m sure you can read or see many reports on what is unfolding. Again, more interested in some general trends than long complex analyses.

My take is that under the surface the Deplorables are running scared and are only now vaguely – it is never more than vaguely – coming to understand the consequences of having ordered the murder of Iranian General Qassim Suleimani.

As another friend poetically put it…”There’s the music and the math”…

On the one hand – as mentioned yesterday – Trump has publicly in a tweet threatened to bomb 52 cultural and religious sites in Iran if the Iranians refuse – through third parties – to negotiate with him, the Great Deplorable. To date, Kameni and company in Teheran have politely told the Great Deplorable to chuck it, as we used to say.

Today the Great Deplorable struck out at Iraq.

While his No 2 – Great Deplorable in Training – Mike Pompeo – blew off the Iraqi parliament’s resolution calling on the withdrawal of all foreign troops from their country – which includes 5000 or so U.S. troops and an untold number of private contractors (called mercenaries), in yet another “temper-temper” (as my daughters used to call tantrums when they were young), a day later, the Great Deplorable himself has “threatened to slap `very big’ sanctions on Iraq if it expels U.S. military forces from Iraq:

Trump told reporters that the U.S. would ignore Iraq’s calls for removal due to the “extraordinarily expensive air base that’s there.”

“We’re not leaving unless they pay us back for it,” he said, according to press pool reports. “If they do ask us to leave, if we don’t do it in a very friendly basis, we will charge them sanctions like they’ve never seen before ever.”

So much for “the music” – a discordant as it is – from the Great Deplorable.

Then there is the math…

  • U.S naval ships – it has been reported in a number of Middle East news sources – their tails between their legs – are withdrawing from the Persian Gulf to places 1000 miles to the east in the Indian Ocean. They fear being targeted.
  • The State Department has called on all Americans in Iraq to leave the country
  • The Trump Administration is desperately, through a number of third parties, trying to negotiate with the Iranians. To date, the Iranians have rejected all these approaches. Truly bizarre proposals, one of which is that the U.S. would accept a revenge assassination of an American (general?) “of equal stature” to Suleimani. It is as if  Trump is willing to “sacrifice” an American general and then call it “even.”
  • With an eye on the 2020 presidential contest, Trump has had to compromise with the Democrats in Congress, promising not to go to war with Iran without Congressional consent.
  • Meanwhile, in Iran and throughout the Middle East, sizable, no enormous crowds (tens? hundreds of thousands? several million) have taken to the streets to mourn Suleimani’s murder. If you think this is just “Iranian propaganda” or that it does not matter, or “what’s the big deal?” you are sadly mistaken.

Bottom line: The Deplorables didn’t have a clue about the anger and anti-American sentiment that murdering Suleimani would unleash and now don’t have a clue as to how to deal with it. They are vaguely – at least some of them – aware that are in trouble, big time.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Coleen Rowley permalink
    January 6, 2020 6:00 pm

    You may also be interested in this article by economics professor Michael Hudson: https://thesaker.is/america-escalates-its-democratic-oil-war-in-the-near-east/

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