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    A Narrative Collapses as Trump Tweets: ‘It Doesn’t Really Matter’

    A Narrative Collapses as Trump Tweets: ‘It Doesn’t Really Matter’

    WASHINGTON — In the 10 days since it carried out the drone strike that killed Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, the Trump administration has been struggling to draft an after-the-fact narrative to justify it. On Monday, President Trump put an end to that hash of explanations. “It doesn’t really matter,” he tweeted, “because of his horrible past.”

    Until that message on Twitter, the administration had insisted in various ways that General Suleimani, Iran’s most important military official, was planning myriad “imminent” attacks. The unraveling of the explanations accelerated over the weekend after Mr. Trump said four embassies were under immediate threat, a charge that his own administration could not back.
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    “Trump has finally admitted the true motivation for the killing of Suleimani who had American blood on his hands: retaliation,” said Representative Ro Khanna, Democrat of California, who is sponsoring legislation to prevent the administration from spending federal funds on unauthorized military action in Iran.


    I think it does matter, that the president lied about Suleimani being an imminent threat. What he's admitting is that there was no valid rationale for ordering a strike against Suleimani, that killed others too, without even notifying Congress.
    What he's admitting is that his actions were indeed reckless and that the only legal authority to take action, that Suleimani was an imminent threat, was lacking.




    I think it does matter that the American people can't trust a word their president says.
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    Re: A Narrative Collapses as Trump Tweets: ‘It Doesn’t Really Matter’

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    A Narrative Collapses as Trump Tweets: ‘It Doesn’t Really Matter’

    WASHINGTON — In the 10 days since it carried out the drone strike that killed Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, the Trump administration has been struggling to draft an after-the-fact narrative to justify it. On Monday, President Trump put an end to that hash of explanations. “It doesn’t really matter,” he tweeted, “because of his horrible past.”

    Until that message on Twitter, the administration had insisted in various ways that General Suleimani, Iran’s most important military official, was planning myriad “imminent” attacks. The unraveling of the explanations accelerated over the weekend after Mr. Trump said four embassies were under immediate threat, a charge that his own administration could not back.
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    “Trump has finally admitted the true motivation for the killing of Suleimani who had American blood on his hands: retaliation,” said Representative Ro Khanna, Democrat of California, who is sponsoring legislation to prevent the administration from spending federal funds on unauthorized military action in Iran.


    I think it does matter, that the president lied about Suleimani being an imminent threat. What he's admitting is that there was no valid rationale for ordering a strike against Suleimani, that killed others too, without even notifying Congress.
    What he's admitting is that his actions were indeed reckless and that the only legal authority to take action, that Suleimani was an imminent threat, was lacking.




    I think it does matter that the American people can't trust a word their president says.

    Agreed. It should matter if one values accuracy. Trump and his administration said there were imminent threats then couldn't piece together one event that met this criteria. Had the administration stated they took him out because "he wasn't a good guy" then that's a different criteria altogether. From what I read, Trump was given options against Iran and was set to act on them if an American life was lost. The contractor that was killed during the rocket attack in Kirkuk was the trigger to kill Soleimani. As I've stated in another thread on the topic, the question for me continues to be whether this was a wise move in the much broader concern of potential blowback and the risk that poses for Americans in Iraq and beyond.

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    Re: A Narrative Collapses as Trump Tweets: ‘It Doesn’t Really Matter’

    Right. Trump only waited until one American had been killed. He really should have waited until 100 Americans had been killed...or maybe 1000...or maybe it really doesn't matter how many Americans were killed because he's Trump and nothing he does is justifiable.

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    Re: A Narrative Collapses as Trump Tweets: ‘It Doesn’t Really Matter’

    The Fake News Media and their Democrat Partners are working hard to determine whether or not the future attack by terrorist Soleimani was “imminent” or not, & was my team in agreement. The answer to both is a strong YES., but it doesn’t really matter because of his horrible past!
    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 13, 2020

    Apparently both sides like to slice what a politician says when they say something doesn't matter.
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    Re: A Narrative Collapses as Trump Tweets: ‘It Doesn’t Really Matter’

    Quote Originally Posted by MTAtech View Post
    A Narrative Collapses as Trump Tweets: ‘It Doesn’t Really Matter’

    WASHINGTON — In the 10 days since it carried out the drone strike that killed Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, the Trump administration has been struggling to draft an after-the-fact narrative to justify it. On Monday, President Trump put an end to that hash of explanations. “It doesn’t really matter,” he tweeted, “because of his horrible past.”

    Until that message on Twitter, the administration had insisted in various ways that General Suleimani, Iran’s most important military official, was planning myriad “imminent” attacks. The unraveling of the explanations accelerated over the weekend after Mr. Trump said four embassies were under immediate threat, a charge that his own administration could not back.
    ...
    “Trump has finally admitted the true motivation for the killing of Suleimani who had American blood on his hands: retaliation,” said Representative Ro Khanna, Democrat of California, who is sponsoring legislation to prevent the administration from spending federal funds on unauthorized military action in Iran.


    I think it does matter, that the president lied about Suleimani being an imminent threat. What he's admitting is that there was no valid rationale for ordering a strike against Suleimani, that killed others too, without even notifying Congress.
    What he's admitting is that his actions were indeed reckless and that the only legal authority to take action, that Suleimani was an imminent threat, was lacking.




    I think it does matter that the American people can't trust a word their president says.
    I agree with Trump. The demand to show some justification of a specific "imminent threat" before eliminating a known purveyor of terrorism is ridiculous. That would be like claiming Osama Bin Laden should not have been killed because at the moment of his attempted "capture" he was not an "imminent threat."

    Soleimani was a planner and purveyor of terrorism, and as such he was always an imminent threat. Does anyone think he had stopped after his last effort which resulted in an attack on our Iraqi embassy? Planning terrorist attacks was his JOB. And he was good at it.

    So please, cry me no rivers because IMO Trump did the right thing when he took the opportunity to cut one more head off the Hydra of international terrorism.
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    Re: A Narrative Collapses as Trump Tweets: ‘It Doesn’t Really Matter’

    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Adverse View Post
    I agree with Trump. The demand to show some justification of a specific "imminent threat" before eliminating a known purveyor of terrorism is ridiculous. That would be like claiming Osama Bin Laden should not have been killed because at the moment of his attempted "capture" he was not an "imminent threat."

    Soleimani was a planner and purveyor of terrorism, and as such he was always an imminent threat. Does anyone think he had stopped after his last effort which resulted in an attack on our Iraqi embassy? Planning terrorist attacks was his JOB. And he was good at it.

    So please, cry me no rivers because IMO Trump did the right thing when he took the opportunity to cut one more head off the Hydra of international terrorism.
    What you are agreeing with is that a president can use deadly force against someone not an imminent threat to the United States, which is the legal requirement for not consulting Congress. Thus, your contention is that the president doesn't have to follow the law.

    Whenever these issues come up now, I ask the question: Would you be making this same argument to justify Obama taking a similar action?
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    Re: A Narrative Collapses as Trump Tweets: ‘It Doesn’t Really Matter’

    Quote Originally Posted by MTAtech View Post
    I think it does matter, that the president lied about Suleimani being an imminent threat. What he's admitting is that there was no valid rationale for ordering a strike against Suleimani, that killed others too, without even notifying Congress.
    The bolded part is where I have the problem with Trump's decision. Had he notified congress, and they approved, this wouldn't have been an issue. It isn't the fact he ordered a bad guy killed. The guy was bad, however, in THIS case there was NO imminent threat and he should have notified congress first. However, much like his other actions, he thinks he is a king or dictator and can do whatever he pleases. Why does he think this? Because he knows he has the DoJ as his personal lawyer and he knows Republicans in the senate like Moscow Mitch will let him do whatever he wants.

    The Republicans really should be outraged by this, but they aren't.

    What he's admitting is that his actions were indeed reckless and that the only legal authority to take action, that Suleimani was an imminent threat, was lacking.
    Exactly, he doesn't follow proper procedures and puts this country at risk. Add into the fact he uses unsecure cell phone for sensitive communication and he is a National Security Risk.

    I think it does matter that the American people can't trust a word their president says.
    Exactly.
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    Re: A Narrative Collapses as Trump Tweets: ‘It Doesn’t Really Matter’

    Quote Originally Posted by Lutherf View Post
    Right. Trump only waited until one American had been killed. He really should have waited until 100 Americans had been killed...or maybe 1000...or maybe it really doesn't matter how many Americans were killed because he's Trump and nothing he does is justifiable.
    Before this admission, there were two issue:
    1. Was Trump actions consistent with his legal authority?
    2. Was it a wise decision?

    The answer to the first question is now suspect, because the imminent threat argument is no longer valid.

    The question as to whether it was a good idea is questionable as well, as the risk of such an action spinning out-of-control is high, causing more deaths than not taking any action.
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    Re: A Narrative Collapses as Trump Tweets: ‘It Doesn’t Really Matter’

    Quote Originally Posted by MTAtech View Post
    What you are agreeing with is that a president can use deadly force against someone not an imminent threat to the United States, which is the legal requirement for not consulting Congress. Thus, your contention is that the president doesn't have to follow the law.

    Whenever these issues come up now, I ask the question: Would you be making this same argument to justify Obama taking a similar action?
    In a word? Yes.

    Moreover, I don't understand why you would assume my position is somehow partisan? That it would only apply to Trump?

    I actually voted for Obama. But even if I hadn't I would still support Obama's taking out enemies of the USA catch as catch can.

    For example, I opposed both the Iraq wars, and the war in Afghanistan. I've always advocated "black ops" against not only Osama bin Laden, but any other purveyor of terrorism. As opposed to all out war and the quagmire such action typically results in. Cut off the head of a snake and it eventually dies. With a Hydra like terrorism, cut off each head and burn the stump, and it eventually dies. :
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    Re: A Narrative Collapses as Trump Tweets: ‘It Doesn’t Really Matter’

    So it's safe to assume that the political left and the OP would prefer Soleimani remain among us. The architect of Iranian expansion, purveyor of death and mutilation, the man behind the recent attack on our embassy in Baghdad, should remain alive to continue his hellish work? Great. That position completely obliterates the notion that the political left places country above politics. Good job.

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