Trump unveils a brand new rationale for risky Soleimani airstrike — “He was saying bad things about our country”

From: MSNBC

Trump unveils a brand new rationale for risky Soleimani airstrike

I won’t pretend to be an expert in international law, but I don’t think the laws of armed conflict include provisions related to those who “say bad things.”
By Steve Benen

It’s been 17 days since Donald Trump authorized an airstrike in Iraq that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani….

After these meandering and contradictory explanations for the airstrike effectively collapsed, the president tried to resolve the problem by declaring it “doesn’t really matter” why he launched the military offensive. On Friday night, Trump spoke to donors at Mar-a-Lago, where, according to an audio recording obtained by the Washington Post, the president unveiled a brand-new explanation.

The president said nothing about an “imminent attack.” … Instead, he spoke broadly about Soleimani as “the father of the roadside bomb” responsible for “every young, beautiful man or woman who you see walking around with no legs, no arms.” Trump said he heard about two weeks ago that the United States had Soleimani under surveillance and he was “talking about bad stuff.” […]

“He was saying bad things about our country, like we’re going to attack, we’re going to kill your people. I said, ‘Listen, how much of this s**t do we have to listen to, right?’ ” Trump said to applause from the donor crowd.

 

Trump proceeded to describe the details of watching the mission unfold from the White House Situation Room — the story included multiple instances in which people called him “sir” — making himself the hero of the narrative.

I’ve lost count of exactly how many explanations for the Jan. 3 airstrike Trump and his team have come up with, though I believe we’re up to Rationale #6: the president authorized the strike because an Iranian general was “saying bad things.” …

Circling back to our earlier coverage, I realize I’ve been banging this drum quite a bit, but we’re dealing with a dynamic in which the president risked a war for reasons that now appear illegitimate. And while his most sycophantic followers may find that satisfactory, the rest of the political world need not accept politically motivated lies about national security so casually.

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Skousen: Trump Pardons the Swamp — Bernie Kerik’s corruption and crimes would fill a book!

World Affairs Brief, February 21, 2020 Commentary and Insights on a Troubled World.

Copyright Joel Skousen. Partial quotations with attribution permitted. Cite source as Joel Skousen’s World Affairs Brief (http://www.worldaffairsbrief.com).

TRUMP PARDONS THE SWAMP

All of Trump’s high profile pardons this week went to swamp creatures, highlighting the principle reason why he has failed to “drain the swamp” as promised in his election bid. The problem is that Trump has no experience with the conservative world and has to rely on his Deep State advisors to present him with names to nominate for high government positions. The latest instance of this is his nomination of Richard Grenell, an openly gay ambassador to Germany and a Deep State operative, to be the acting Director of National Intelligence (DNI). Of course, if Trump really did nominate a true conservative, the controlled media, Democratic Congressmen, and his own bureaucracy fight him tooth and nail and none would ever be confirmed. When the media and Congress go along with nominees who are part of the Deep State, they pass with little or no opposition and Trump ads it to his list of bragging rights for “successes” in his administration, without realizing he is adding dirty water to the swamp of globalist conspiracy into which this nation is slowly sinking. Continue reading “Skousen: Trump Pardons the Swamp — Bernie Kerik’s corruption and crimes would fill a book!”

(vid) TruNews banned from YouTube | Trump Pardon: NYPD Top Cop Kerik Received Loan From Rich Israeli

TRUMP PARDON: NYPD TOP COP KERIK RECEIVED LOAN FROM RICH ISRAELI

FEB 20

Today on TruNews we discuss how the man President Trump pardoned instead of Roger Stone, New York

City police commissioner during 9/11, Bernard Kerik, traveled to Israel two weeks before the terror attack, and in 2003 received a $250,000 interest-free loan from Israeli billionaire Eitan Wertheimer, whose family made their fortune through the defense industry and a served in Jewish terror group Haganah. We also address the reports of Coronavirus super-spreaders infecting churches in South Korea and Singapore, and how the epidemic has turned the seat of communist power in China into a ghost city. Rick Wiles, Edward Szall. Airdate: 02/20/20.

WATCH HERE

‘Bombshell’: Iraqi Officials Say ISIS—Not Iran—Likely Behind Rocket Attack Trump Used to Justify Soleimani Assassination

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NY Times article sited:

Was U.S. Wrong About Attack That Nearly Started a War With Iran?

These facts all point to the Islamic State, Iraqi officials say.

“All the indications are that it was Daesh,” said Brig. General Ahmed Adnan, the Iraqi chief of intelligence for the federal police at K-1, using the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State. “I told you about the three incidents in the days just before in the area — we know Daesh’s movements.

(vid) Trump challenged to abide in Christ and love his enemies | “When we refuse to forgive, our sins are not forgiven” – Rick Wiles, leads by example!

16:55 Congresswoman Xochitl Torres Small reads John 15 to Donald Trump, who heard the abiding part, and what happens to those who don’t abide, but then Trump talked with the man next to him, missing Jesus’ desire that our joy would be full, when we abide in the Vine, walking in love.

21:43 Trump challenged to love his enemies. His reaction shows he heard and understood the challenge.

24:44 Rick Wiles’ example: loving and forgiving our enemies — ‘no hate.’

29:30 “I’ve seen people needlessly suffer. I’ve seen them go to the grave with their diseases, unwilling to forgive.” – Rick Wiles

“When we refuse to forgive as a Christian, our sins are not forgiven by God the Father. … Forgiveness of others is mandatory, required if you want God to forgive your sins. … If you are unwilling to forgive even one person in this life, your sins that you have committed since you’ve been born-again, your sins aren’t forgiven. Jesus said if you won’t forgive your brother God the Father will not forgive you.”

31:25 “So it’s a sad thing to watch President Trump and Nancy Pelosi sit there at the prayer breakfast fume and steam, and have hatred and bitterness and unforgiveness in their hearts towards each other. It’s sad.”

Continue reading “(vid) Trump challenged to abide in Christ and love his enemies | “When we refuse to forgive, our sins are not forgiven” – Rick Wiles, leads by example!”

Ron Paul: “What would we call them if they did this to us?” – More Bombs Than Ever! Trump Escalates War In Afghanistan

5:05 “What would we call them if they did this to us? Of course, we would be outraged, and rightfully so.” – Ron Paul

When evangelicals booed Ron Paul:
(‘America is done’ video) Ron Paul was just BOOED FOR TALKING ABOUT THE GOLDEN RULE, “Do unto others as we would have them do unto us.” — South Carolina Fox News Republican debate 2012

Ron Paul: “Evidently, I have been reading a different Bible. I remember something about ‘Blessed are the Peacemakers’”

“Blessed are the PEACEMAKERS, for they shall be the CHILDREN OF GOD.” — Jesus in Mt. 5:9

Continue reading “Ron Paul: “What would we call them if they did this to us?” – More Bombs Than Ever! Trump Escalates War In Afghanistan”

(vid) Nathanael: Whose War Is It Anyways? – Trump recounts assassination details

Trump tells fundraisers how his murders went down at 5:22.

Trump’s assassination justification: Soleimani was ‘saying bad things’:

Trump tells GOP donors that Soleimani was ‘saying bad things’ before strike

VIDEO LINK

Continue reading “(vid) Nathanael: Whose War Is It Anyways? – Trump recounts assassination details”

Trump killed Soleimani to safeguard GOP hawks’ support in Senate trial: Reports

From: Huffington Post

 

Trump Tied Soleimani Hit To Support From GOP Hawks Ahead Of Impeachment Trial: Reports

New motivation emerges after contradictory Trump administration accounts of “imminent” threats justifying airstrike assassination.

The Times reported Saturday that as Trump discussed the Soleimani strike at Mar-a-Lago, he told some associates that he wanted to safeguard the support of Senate GOP hawks in the upcoming impeachment trial. He specifically named Arkansas Republican Sen. Tom Cotton, according to the Times.

Trump also tipped off another hawk, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), about the attack when Graham visited Mar-a-Lago, the senator himself revealed. Yet Trump did not warn other congressional leaders, nor European allies or Persian Gulf partners, noted the Times.

The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that after the attack, Trump told associates that he was under pressure to deal with Soleimani from GOP senators he considered important in his impeachment trial, according to sources.

The new information comes amid continued fallout from Congress about a lack of transparency from the Trump administration concerning the justification for killing Soleimani, which would determine if the strike was legal. Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) bashed the sketchy Senate briefing on the attack Wednesday as “insulting and demeaning.” 

Entire Article

Skousen: Officials Desperate to Justify False Intelligence Fed to Trump — PROUDLY LYING ‘Christian’ POMPEO pushed Trump to murder the architect of the anti-ISIS counterinsurgency (SOLEIMANI) that SAVED HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF SYRIAN CHRISTIAN LIVES! | FOX NEWS labels all enemies of US backed terrorists as “terrorists” – Iran is NOT supporting terrorists in Yemen

World Affairs Brief, January 17, 2020 Commentary and Insights on a Troubled World.

Copyright Joel Skousen. Partial quotations with attribution permitted. Cite source as Joel Skousen’s World Affairs Brief (http://www.worldaffairsbrief.com).

Emphasis mostly mine


OFFICIALS DESPERATE TO JUSTIFY FALSE INTEL FED TO TRUMP

In the aftermath of the Soleimani assassination strike at the Baghdad airport last week, US officials hit all the mainstream media and television sites in an attempt to shore up the “imminent threat” narrative they used to justify the strike against Iran’s top general. Trump bragged before a rally that he had just killed the #1 terrorist in the world—#1, he kept repeating. What an idiot! And stupid supporters blindly cheered him on. Confusion reigned as it became known that Soleimani had been presented as a target to focus on months ago in a presentation by John Bolton to president Trump, which blew the “sudden threat” claim out the window. So they inflated the threat to claim that Iran not only wanted to “blow up” the huge Deep State embassy in the Green Zone of Baghdad but three other embassies as well—without naming them. Defense Secretary Esper was caught off guard with that claim and said he hadn’t seen any intel to that effect, further throwing the administration’s story into disarray. Then he later came back to reinforce the official story. Anyone watching all this would think the agencies were making things up on the fly. Naturally, they were overjoyed when Iran had to admit they shot down a Ukrainian airliner that was taking off from Tehran. In their criticism, the US government never mentions that we shot down an Iranian airliner in 1988 killing all aboard. Continue reading “Skousen: Officials Desperate to Justify False Intelligence Fed to Trump — PROUDLY LYING ‘Christian’ POMPEO pushed Trump to murder the architect of the anti-ISIS counterinsurgency (SOLEIMANI) that SAVED HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF SYRIAN CHRISTIAN LIVES! | FOX NEWS labels all enemies of US backed terrorists as “terrorists” – Iran is NOT supporting terrorists in Yemen”

Skousen: Trump Admits that Saudis Paid US $1B to Keep US Troops in their Country

Trump made the admission during a Fox News interview that the Saudis had already deposited a billion dollars in US accounts to pay for keeping the large numbers of US troops in their country (probably to protect the regime from Iran in case of war). Since when is it constitutional for the Commander in Chief to sell US military services abroad and put our troops at risk for a dictatorial regime? Continue reading “Skousen: Trump Admits that Saudis Paid US $1B to Keep US Troops in their Country”

Judge Andrew Napolitano: Trump’s killing of Soleimani was a war crime

Judge Andrew Napolitano: US killing of Soleimani was odd, out of place, untimely and unlawful

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The general’s assassination was odd, out of place, untimely and unlawful. Odd, because the general’s folks had worked with our intelligence folks in Iraq against ISIS. Out of place, because the Iranian general was welcomed by the Iraqi government and was not engaged in any violence or war crimes at the time he was killed. Untimely, because whatever he may have been planning to do was not an imminent attack on the U.S. or on Americans. We know this because Trump administration officials revealed that the president gave the kill order seven months ago, in June 2019. How imminent could an attack have been in June if it had not occurred by January?

And unlawful, because we are not at war with Iran, and political assassinations have been prohibited by still valid executive orders signed by Presidents Gerald R. Ford and Ronald Reagan. The U.S. Constitution limits the federal government’s lawful power to kill to foreign troops in wartime and after due process, neither of which abides here. Moreover, international treaties to which the U.S. is party, as well as the laws of war to which the U.S. subscribes, prohibit preemptive killings except when the target is just about — “certainty” is the standard — to strike. … Continue reading “Judge Andrew Napolitano: Trump’s killing of Soleimani was a war crime”

Judge Andrew Napolitano: Trump had no legal right to order killing of Soleimani — “Might does not make right”

Judge Andrew Napolitano: Trump had no legal right to order killing of Soleimani

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By Judge Andrew P. Napolitano 

President Trump ordered the U.S. military to invade a then-friendly country without the knowledge or consent of its government and assassinate a visiting foreign government official. The victim was the head of Iran’s military and intelligence. The formerly friendly country is Iraq. Continue reading “Judge Andrew Napolitano: Trump had no legal right to order killing of Soleimani — “Might does not make right””

Chuck Baldwin: Trump’s Unholy War

From: ChuckBaldwinLive.com

Trump’s Unholy War

Published: Thursday, January 9, 2020

Just as many of us have been warning, Donald Trump is joining his fellow PNAC puppets G.W. Bush and Barack Obama in taking the United States into yet another quagmire of a Middle Eastern war for the benefit of the military industrial complex—and Israel, of course.

Here is General Wesley Clark exposing the U.S. (PNAC) plan to topple the governments in seven Middle Eastern and North African countries back in 2007. Continue reading “Chuck Baldwin: Trump’s Unholy War”

(vid) Jake: Trump Sells Out U.S. Troops As Guns for Hire to Saudi Arabia

The “love of money” too often drives this man — instead of doing what’s right no matter what.

The song at the end is by Jonathan Mann.

Bow bow bow
Curtsey for the king
He’ll give you a medal
For the weapons that you bring
He’s got more money than you
Bend over, kiss his ring

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Continue reading “(vid) Jake: Trump Sells Out U.S. Troops As Guns for Hire to Saudi Arabia”

Iraqi PM says Soleimani was in Iraq for peace deal; Trump asked for help mediating talks after embassy attack

Iraqi prime minister says Qassem Soleimani was in Iraq to ‘discuss de-escalating tensions between Iran and Saudis’ when he was killed – and claims Trump had asked for help mediating talks after embassy attack Continue reading “Iraqi PM says Soleimani was in Iraq for peace deal; Trump asked for help mediating talks after embassy attack”

(vid) Chuck Baldwin: Trump assassinated Soleimani, the man most responsible for defeating ISIS (CIA/Mossad creation) — “Mr. Trump, you’ve given a new generation of Arabs a reason to hate the USA!”

Message by Dr. Chuck Baldwin on Jan. 12, 2020

1:15:10 Trump abandoning the 2nd Amendment

Trump planned and assassinated the man most responsible for defeating ISIS, whom the CIA and Mossad created. ISIS has even thanked Trump. “And now,  Mr. Trump, you’ve given a new generation of Arabs a reason to hate the United States.”

Minute-1:19:30

Continue reading “(vid) Chuck Baldwin: Trump assassinated Soleimani, the man most responsible for defeating ISIS (CIA/Mossad creation) — “Mr. Trump, you’ve given a new generation of Arabs a reason to hate the USA!””

[America’s Dark Soul] Trump’s Approval Rating Skyrockets After Soleimani Assassination

What does this say about the soul of America?

Douglas MacArthur warned:

“History fails to record a single precedent in which NATIONS SUBJECT TO MORAL DECAY have not passed into political and economic decline. There has been either a SPIRITUAL AWAKENING to overcome the moral lapse, OR a PROGRESSIVE DETERIORATION leading to ultimate national disaster.”

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Was Soleimani Lured to Iraq by Trump Himself then Murdered?

Joel Skousen also stated some of this in Friday’s World Affairs Brief.

At this point, it appears Trump has no moral compass, or he’s blackmailed. Trump has gone rogue, and is ramping up the hatred towards America.

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Continue reading “Was Soleimani Lured to Iraq by Trump Himself then Murdered?”

(vid) Tulsi: Trump disgraces our military — Admits using troops to steal Syria’s oil

Trump has again fully admitted he’s using American troops to take Syria’s oil, which is illegal and immoral.

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“Trump disgraces our military by using our men & women in uniform as mercenaries serving the interests of multinational corps (e.g. Exxon) & foreign countries (e.g. Saudis). We must stand side by side—no matter our political party—to end this travesty #NoWarWithIran #StandWithTulsi

Continue reading “(vid) Tulsi: Trump disgraces our military — Admits using troops to steal Syria’s oil”

Skousen: Setting a Trap for Trump on War with Iran — Soleimani was on a diplomatic mission initiated by the US • ‘Pompous’ Pompeo’s lies • Iran’s missiles’ precision worrisome for US planners

World Affairs Brief, January 10, 2020 Commentary and Insights on a Troubled World.

Copyright Joel Skousen. Partial quotations with attribution permitted. Cite source as Joel Skousen’s World Affairs Brief (http://www.worldaffairsbrief.com).

SETTING A TRAP FOR TRUMP ON WAR WITH IRAN

Trump’s approval of the assassination attack on Iran’s top general, Qassem Soleimani, was based on lies and half-truths fed to him by his advisors. They claimed Soleimani was coming to Baghdad to direct more terror against diplomats, when, in fact, Soleimani was there on a diplomatic mission initiated by the US. The US worked with Saudi Arabia to draft a peace plan and then asked Iraq to invite Iran to come to Baghdad for negotiations. Iran sent Soleimani. That is why he came on a commercial airliner, carrying a diplomatic passport and meeting with the PM.

He was tracked and killed along with a top Iraqi general, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, at the airport. This assassination set the Iraqi and Iranian world on fire, as it was intended to do, destroying what little goodwill the US had left in the region, and fomenting rioters who chant “death to America.” Advisors also fed Trump the 52 targets in Iran they were planning on hitting if Iran retaliated, which included “cultural sites” on the list. The advisors had to know that hitting cultural sites was a war crime, but did so on purpose in order to embarrass Trump. Trump stumbled deeper into the trap after he was criticized by the media, by tweeting rude justifications for striking cultural sites, but in the end had to recant and say he would obey international law. But in a sense, Deep State advisors went too far in embarrassing Trump, for when Iran limited its revenge strike—to make sure no Americans were killed, Trump saw a way out and took it, thus evading the trap —for now. But the globalists aren’t through manipulating Trump into war. … Continue reading “Skousen: Setting a Trap for Trump on War with Iran — Soleimani was on a diplomatic mission initiated by the US • ‘Pompous’ Pompeo’s lies • Iran’s missiles’ precision worrisome for US planners”

(vid) Trump admits on Fox he “left troops in Syria to take the oil!” — Breaking commandment after commandment

Trump admits he “left troops in Syria to take the oil,” and then says “we have the oil.” If this isn’t reverse-Christianity, what is?

We were unsuccessful in regime changing Syria, the last country that needed to be destabilized before taking out Iran for the Greater Israel Project, so then Trump figures we’ll just take the oil, which the Bible calls stealing.

Someone recently said Trump has broken all of the 10 commandments now, with his recent assassinations in Iraq (though he’s murdered others before in his military campaigns). Here he’s breaking “Thou shalt not steal,” and tells us about it on the war channel, Fox News.

Continue reading “(vid) Trump admits on Fox he “left troops in Syria to take the oil!” — Breaking commandment after commandment”

Trump assassinated Soleimani to get Senators’ support for impeachment trial, reports say

I can’t verify this quote, but besides Sen. Tom Cotton, Lindsey Graham appears to be the other senator:

Cynthia McKinney, PhD

[Facebook, 1/11/20] “Trump has reportedly now confessed that he ordered the assassination of General Soleimani in exchange for the votes of war-mongering Senators Graham and Cotton in his impeachment trial.” Nicholas Davies

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Trump reportedly told associates he killed Qassem Soleimani because he was under pressure from GOP senators before his impeachment trial

Business Insider Continue reading “Trump assassinated Soleimani to get Senators’ support for impeachment trial, reports say”

Skousen: The Anger of Iraqis Against the US – Trump also assassinated Muhandis, Iraqi leader who fought ISIS, as did Soleimani

THE ANGER OF IRAQIS AGAINST THE US

The US Deep State may not need to concoct another false flag attack if anti-US militias in Iraq decide to take revenge for Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who was killed along with Soleimani. Qais al-Khazali, a commander of the Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) in Iraq, vowed to exact revenge for the killing of their leader saying,

“The first Iranian response to the assassination of the martyr leader Soleimani took place,” he tweeted. “Now is the time for the initial Iraqi response to the assassination of the martyr leader Muhandis.”

Muhandis was particularly disliked by the Deep State because he documented more than anyone else in Iraq the fact that the US refused to help them eliminate ISIS once it overran the US-trained Iraqi army in Mosul. In fact the Iraqi army ran away like rabbits and left all their heavy armor and guns behind for ISIS to capture. He points out that it was Iran that provided them the weapons and ammunition to defeat ISIS—thus Soleimani was not supporting terror, but fighting against it. Continue reading “Skousen: The Anger of Iraqis Against the US – Trump also assassinated Muhandis, Iraqi leader who fought ISIS, as did Soleimani”

Skousen: EMP Law (signed 12/20/19) – Will the power grid now be protected from EMP weapons or solar flares?

We’re still sitting ducks, sadly. But at least something has now officially passed. The media is still not covering this, our #1 threat. They’re even ignoring the passing of this bill.

Related:

Lisa Murkowski Blocked Effort to Protect US Power Grid — “Within 12 months of an EMP attack or a massive solar flare, between two-thirds to 90 percent of the U.S. population would perish!”

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EMP Law: Inside the latest defense authorization bill signed by President Trump on Dec. 20, it mandates that the federal government must protect the nation from the danger of electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attacks whether from nuclear weapons or solar flares.

The law’s language gives legal authority to Mr. Trump’s March 2019 executive order directing the government to harden critical infrastructure against an EMP strike.

But will it actually get protected? I don’t think so. In fact, the grid is composed of mostly private companies and the government has no authority to take over their property or mandate changes. So the government will create a “network of systems to alert the public and provide a warning system to deal with EMP strikes and communicate with the public should electric systems be disrupted.” Federal agencies will have until June to draw up specific plans and procedures for responding to EMP attacks and major geomagnetic disturbances. That is a pipe dream. No government could control the chaos of 325 million people without electricity for months. Continue reading “Skousen: EMP Law (signed 12/20/19) – Will the power grid now be protected from EMP weapons or solar flares?”