The Trump administration lied about evidence linking Iranian General Qassem Soleimani to supposed planned attacks on American embassies in the Middle East, as Defense Secretary Mark Esper revealed on Sunday on CBS’ Face the Nation.
While Trump told Fox News host Laura Ingraham of the supposed threats in a Friday interview, Esper had this to say:
“The president said that he believed that there probably could have been attacks against additional embassies. I shared that view. I know other members of the national security team shared that view.”
“‘Probably and could have been,’ that is — that sounds more like an assessment than a specific tangible threat with a decisive piece of intelligence,” Face the Nation host Brennan replied.
“Well, the president didn’t say there was a tangible — he didn’t cite a specific piece of evidence.”
In other words, Donald Trump and his administration once again lied their way into the justification of the killing of Soleimani, which of course led to retaliatory attacks on two US bases from Iran and culminated with Tehran admitting guilt to shooting down a Ukrainian airliner shortly after it took off from Tehran’s airport. You can view my article on the tragedy here.
Two Governments, One Difference
While one nation admitted guilt and took responsibility for unjustifiable actions, Trump and his administration, plus his minions that would probably back him if he started spitting out quotes from Vlad Lenin (especially if his cult of personality had zero idea where the quotes originated) continually justify not only the murder of Soleimani but also share his threat of destroying 52 cultural sites in Iran – cultural sites that include people – people no different from those shot down in Tehran on Wednesday morning.
While Trump has slapped even further sanctions on Tehran while supporting its protests, many of which had erupted due to the Iranian government’s unfixable error in killing 176 civilians, many of whom were Iranians, Canadians, and Ukrainians, he has simultaneously threatened to wipe out cultural sites in the nation – can someone say “hypocrisy?”
Meanwhile, Tehran has been apologetic in its gaffe, with Hassan Rouhani tweeting his condolences after it became clear the Iranian government was guilty of shooting down the plane.
But let’s shift gears for a second back to Esper. When asked if he saw any specific evidence linking Soleimani to further attacks on US embassies, Esper replied, “I didn’t see one with regard to four embassies. What I’m saying is I shared the president’s view that probably, my expectation is they were going to go after our embassies.”
Has Washington even kept its story straight?
Let’s take a look at a few critics.
Michael Tracey stated on Twitter that Washington is “throwing everything at the wall and seeing what sticks. Admitting it was an ideological revenge killing would be much more honest.”
Per Senator Mike Lee (R) – Utah: “I believe that the briefers and the President believe that they had a basis for concluding that there was an imminent attack… It’s just frustrating to be told that and not get the details behind it.”
Matthew Miller stated, referring to Esper, “If he didn’t see that evidence, it doesn’t exist.”
While Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated “multiple pieces of information” in the face of “imminent” dangers, he was unable to elaborate further. And remember, Pompeo is the one who basically admitted that “When I was CIA Director. We lied, we cheated, we stole. We had entire training courses.”
That alone should strangle Pompeo’s credibility on any subject he claims to have evidence in regarding Iran or anyone he deems an enemy, especially when it threatens war.
So, how did Pompeo elaborate?
“If you’re looking for imminence, you needn’t look no further than the days that lead up to the strike.”
I don’t know about you, but it tells me absolutely nothing.
Trump Shifts Gears
Obviously, Trump was caught in a lie here and in response to the growing number of skeptics including myself here in America, Trump instead cited Soleimani’s “horrible past.”
Note my quote from Michael Tracey in the above section – they’re literally throwing everything at the wall and seeing what sticks.
Only nothing is sticking.
Apart from his personality cult, the American people are sick of war – perhaps the Democrats wouldn’t mind it if Trump had a (D) behind his name, but then again, I’m sure the Republicans backing him and lapping up his lies regarding Iran would be singing my tune on the subject except for the die-hard neoconservative sector.
Of course, to rally up his base, Trump has used the same trigger words and phrases. Check out his Tweet from today, January 13th, 2020.
“The Fake News Media and their Democrat Partners are working hard to determine whether 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!”
In other words when those of us confirm what we already know – that the imminent threats were nonexistent – Trump just shrugs it off, stating, “well, the guy had a horrible past anyway.”
Okay, maybe Soleimani did. And this article, as I’ve stated in previous articles, is not defending Soleimani or any of his actions. Hey, I’m sure the man was no saint. I’m sure the man was about as corrupt as anyone positioned at a high level in any government. Okay, Soleimani wasn’t a good guy, though he did a lot of good in helping curtail ISIS, so to that measure he’ll get some credit. But at the end of the day, the monopoly of government is full of corruption and evil, arrogant souls, be them in Iran or the US.
I say this because since Trump is accusing others in the mainstream American media as “a wonderful guy,” his minions are likely following suit, claiming anyone opposing or condemning Trump’s actions are automatically siding with Soleimani and Iran – that’s not the case in the slightest. There’s a lot not to like about the Iranian government, but there’s also a lot not to like about the constant lying, manipulating, war mongering, and profiting at the expense of innocent people in three different continents that the US government is notorious for.
The assassination of Soleimani drove many Iranians to the streets in support of their top general while large crowds flocked to his funeral procession.