Being a self-proclaimed hero, Donald Trump doesn’t have to tweet anything, mind you; or explain; much less confess; anything at all. But he did. He condescended to explain the whole thing to us in a few words. It’s not his problem we didn’t get it. Even David French didn’t get it as he confesses in the very title of his recent piece Making Sense of the Iran Chaos. Inside it, however, the author goes to extraordinary lengths to prove that chaos can make perfect, albeit not sensible, sense. (Perhaps David French should run for president.)
Thus the drone has been downed, the swords have been crossed, the horns have been locked, they have been at each other’s throats again –and now we have several tweets to fall back on. But let’s start at the beginning:
On 20 June the US president informed the world via Twitter that Iran made a very big mistake. This was taken to mean –and they’ll pay dearly for it. This interpretation did not withstand the test of time however and in matter of hours was construed by the president himself, while answering journalists’ questions, as “a downing made by mistake”. This was furthermore clarified on 21 June in a two-part tweet:
On Monday they shot down an unmanned drone flying in International Waters. We were cocked&loaded to retaliate last night on 3 different sights when I asked, how many will die. 150 people, sir, was the answer from a General. 10 minutes before the strike I stopped it, not….
….proportionate to shooting down an unmanned drone. I am in no hurry, our Military is rebuilt, new, and ready to go, by far the best in the world. Sanctions are biting & more added last night. Iran can NEVER have Nuclear Weapons, not against the USA, and not against the WORLD!
One can’t help thinking that the strike was cancelled because the president and “a General” couldn’t think of any places of interest in Iran, that is sights, not even 3, that could be struck in retaliation, and there was not time to study tourist guides.
If we take sights to mean sites, we would imagine that they were going to be military sites, occupied by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, recently declared to be terrorists by this same president and his crew. Why should the president’s heart be broken by eliminating 150 terrorists the tweet does not explain and no-one in the Rose Garden asked him this question (as far as we could check).
One interpretation that ought to be discarded point-blank is the possibility that Donald Trump experienced human rights concerns since he has proved beyond any doubt that as far as he and Washington are concerned business interests outweigh any and all humanitarian concerns. Suffice it to recall his recent veto of a resolution aimed at ending US support for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen. No in-depth political analysis is necessary here. The president admitted this much himself, saying that cancelling an ongoing 110-billion-dollar arms deal with Saudi Arabia would be “foolish”. Saudi Arabia, usually called “the kingdom” rather than “the regime” by the obliging US media, is the largest recipient of US weapons in the world. Last year it received some 3.5 billion in arms.
In an interview with CNN’s The Situation Room, Senate Foreign Relations Chairman James Risch has disclosed that Donald Trump is a president who “doesn’t want to go to war” and revealed the commander-in-chief’s hesitations on strikes against Iran (Trump ‘Agonised’ Over Plans of US Attack on Iran, Senator Reveals):
I really watched him agonise over this. It comes down to one man.
Risch was not the only person to have observed how hard it was for Trump to make a decision; House Armed Services Chairman Adam Smith also said that the president was “really wrestling with it”.
We take here the liberty of showing the big wigs in Washington, the biggest one included, what it really means to be agonized:
Furthermore, there are dozens of agonizing headlines, for example:
- Syrian Army Digs Up US-Made Guns in Terrorist Arms Cache Near Damascus
- US-Led Coalition Killed Over 1,600 Civilians in Syria’s Raqqa – Amnesty
- WATCH Syrian Army Uncover Massive Multi-TONNE Haul of US-Made C4
Needless to say, the above facts have never been investigated by the US administration and Donald Trump has never agonized over them. All this makes us very seriously doubt that the US president chose to fight singlehandedly the hawks he himself has put where they are.
Why should we believe at all that he was for a second worried about the fate of 150 Iranians when he, or the country he represents, or the “coalitions” he backs, has just razed to the ground most of the Middle East? When only in Syria half a million civilians were recently killed, millions displaced and most of the country’s infrastructure turned into ruins –only because the US is not fond of the Syrian president. Not to mention Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan or Palestine, to name but a few more. Anyone still in possession of some mental faculties should discard, even condemn, the possibility of such lofty presidential motives in the most forthright manner. Rather, the whole thing was put in the reverse gear for a reason strong enough to override the plotting of the bloodthirsty B-Team (B stands for Bedouin) namely: John Bolton (USA), Muhammad Bin Salman (SA), Tahnoon Bin Zaid (Emirates) and Benjamin Netanyahu (Israel). President Trump simply made the phone call.
John Bolton @AmbJohnBolton: Glad to be in Abu Dhabi today where I met with Crown Prince Sheikh Muhammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and National Security Advisor Sheikh Tahnoon Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to discuss our strategical partnership and regional challenges.
Yacht Maryah, property of Tahnoon Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, boasts of the swimming pool, spa, contemporary décor (including custom furniture, signature joinery, and bespoke details like fixtures and lighting), and generous interior space. It reaches a top end of 18 knots, has accommodations for 54 guests.
Left: Bin Salman, Donald Trump and Jared Kushner. Right: @UAEEmbassyUS: HH Sheikh Tahnoon bin Zayed, UAE National Security Advisor joins HRH Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman & US at 1st annual Saudi-US partnership dinner, stressing strong, longstanding relations & values as outlined towards a common future. USA SaudiUSPartnership UAEUSA.
New headlines (some of them astonishing) have just emerged:
- Iranian Foreign Minister Reveals Another US Spy Drone Flight (Photo) He also hinted in the tweet that Iran has information about US preparations to blame the Islamic Republic for an attack on oil tankers.
- Trump Proposes New Bilateral or Multilateral Nuke Deal with Iran After US Drone Downing
- “Excellent Content”: Kim Receives Trump’s Letter, Vows to Take It Seriously – Reports
You can get yourself hanged only if you don’t have arms of mass destruction. If you have them, you’ll get a letter with excellent content. So much for proportionate response.