The Wall Street Journal might have buried the biggest lede in history, and should be crying in embarrassment right now.
If I simply put it to you that a generic United States president, finding himself at the center of one of the worst corruption accusations in history, needed the support of his party, and thus orders an evil man on the other side of the world assassinated. It would send the nation reeling.
In a generic world, a generic president orders a generic bad guy killed to get a bump from a few senators in his party, we would go friggin’ nuts. It would be insane, a gut punch to the entire nation.
Yet with Trump, it is assumed as an expected political calculation. It gets a quote in the middle of a story about the whole scandal. There is no need to worry about “the base,” because Trump is their OJ and he can shoot someone on 5th Ave, or order a missile on someone’s head and will only gain in stature. There is really no need to worry about compliant Republicans in government, because they live every day under fear of the career ending tweet.
In another part of the world, it would be assumed that we’re talking about a rogue nation, perhaps a new democracy, struggling with powerful juntas. Or Putin and his polonium.
Nope. Just us.
Right, Wall Street Journal?
Mr. Trump, after the strike, told associates he was under pressure to deal with Gen. Soleimani from GOP senators he views as important supporters in his coming impeachment trial in the Senate.
It is about impeachment. Our president killed a guy to help himself politically. (And damn it, no one is feeling sorry for “the guy,” Soleimani, he was an evil terrorist who had killed many people. It is just a principle, an extremely important one).
The administration just admitted it as an aside, to fill-in the bigger picture. They figure it will come out eventually, and it’s best to just get it out, act like it is obvious, “of course he did.” When they kill a guy, they make sure the body ends up on 5th Avenue because it’s all fine, they aren’t hiding it. They couldn’t afford to do it beyond closed doors, too dangerous.
What more is there to say?
No wonder Trump was walking around Mar a’ Lago talking up “something big” coming, with a wink and a sly smile. He fcking loves this shit.
Just to make a point about the seriousness of all this in the real world, there was nothing in that missile that made sure it would only explode if it hit Soleimani. We have had missiles that short circuit or whatever and veer off 300 yards, landing in the middle of a neighborhood, killing 3 families. When you order missiles around where people live, people get killed, sometimes the wrong ones become “damage.” It would all happen because someone needed some “impeachment help.”
We are the United States. For over 60 years, we had the ability to strong arm governments all over the world to “do the right thing,” because the United States couldn’t support anything less. No, we were not at all perfect, not at any point. But we were “good enough,” that it meant something.
All that good-will bought by giants like Eisenhower, Kennedy, Ford, H.W. Bush, is gone, and not coming back this generation.
It would take a uniquely horrible president to do away with all of it over three short years. It happens under Trump’s spell, with the assistance of a deeply cynical and shameless Republican party.
They admit it.
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