We Are Not Safer

Iran hates us and they will continue to hate the US.  We can not put the genie back in the bottle, the cat back in the bag, or the toothpaste back in the tube.  What is done is done and we must live with it and not cry over spilled milk or a dead Iranian general.  What the hell do I know, but I do like to write and Fandango’s Provocative Question for this week is intriguing where he asks, “Do you feel that Donald Trump was justified in ordering a drone strike that resulted in the assassination of Qasem Soleimani, the commander of Iran’s elite Quds Force, in an airstrike in Baghdad last week?  Do you think Trump’s decision will lead America into a hot war with Iran?  Do you think Trump’s motives are political and self-serving?”

When was the last time that the US won a war?  Did we win the Kosovo War in 1999, because it ended with the Kumanovo Treaty, where Yugoslav and Serb forces agreed to withdraw from Kosovo to make way for an international presence?  Fandango mentioned the Korean War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War, the Iraq War, and the never-ending Afghanistan War and although the Cuban Missile Crisis was successful, we did lose the Bay of Pigs invasion.  Every other war ended in some type of a draw, with us calling it off and not actually winning.  Getting back to the question on whether or not Trump was justified in ordering this drone strike, I am going to say NO, as his reasoning was that there was an imminent threat of US troops and although I was not at the Congressional briefing this morning and I am not a member of the gang of eight, but I did listen to a Congressman say that the proof of this imminent threat was not clearly stated at the briefing.

Trump said that he was trying to prevent a war and not start one, but he has divided our country and alienated us from many of our allies with his antics.  I have no military background, so I will not speculate on Iran attacking us and having that escalate into a full-blown war.  Trump is and has always been all about himself and many people say that he stirred things up in the Middle east to take the attention away from the on-going impeachment process.  It may work out to be a good thing, as Iran has been capturing oil tankers, destroying oil plants in Saudi Arabia, shooting down our drones and basically acting like a lawless terrorist state and they have pushed too far and something needed to be done.  I am not happy with the way that this was handled and I know that this will not be something that has a quick ending.

Iran is twice the size of Vietnam and it is a rich country because of their oil resources.  They have many allies and like Afghanistan there are a lot of caves for people to hide in.  Shock and Awe did not work in Iraq, as Bagdad was only captured after close combat fighting reached the city.  We have plenty of bombs, but a lot of American blood will be shed if we get into an all-out war and that blood will be on Trump’s hands.  Trump is clearly trying to start a war and it will probably end up as another one that we can’t win.  It would be nice if he had a plan to get us out of this mess that he has created, but it seems that his only plan is to go on tweeting about how great he is.

Written for Fandango’s Provocative Question #55 about the orange jerk in the white house.

6 thoughts on “We Are Not Safer

  1. To me, Trump’s action, particularly the timing, is meant to be a distraction and a diversion from his impeachment crisis.

    By the way, it’s “imminent,” not “emanate.”

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    1. Thanks Dango, I fixed it, fucking homophone making me look stupid again. Emanate went through my spell checker, so I thought it was OK. I just looked it up and it is of something abstract but perceptible) issue or spread out from (a source), or originate from; be produced by, or give out or emit (something abstract but perceptible).

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