“Iran will never have a nuclear weapon,” tweeted President Trump Jan. 6, desperate to prove his strength.
Americans have long been conditioned to believe that they are the good guys, taking guns away from the enemies and sending democracy to countries that would be hapless without our assistance, but now the tides have turned.
“The danger is clear … the terrorists could fulfill their stated ambitions and kill thousands or hundreds of thousands of innocent people in our country,” former president George W. Bush said on March 18, 2003.
Many such statements were made; and after months of bombarding the minds of the public with propaganda, Bush launched the Iraq War, which caused 184,776 – 207,645 civilian deaths according to the Iraq Body Count Project, a database dedicated to commemorating lives lost in the invasion.
The reality of the situation was summarised by political activist and most-cited living scholar Noam Chomsky, who explained in an interview with Simon Mars Dec. 2, 2003, that the main purpose of maintaining troops internationally is “to pursue energy resources. It’s not even a question.”
Chomsky continued to explain the way the U.S. manufactures consent to wage war and terror (mostly in the Middle East) is “to somehow pretend it’s a threat to your existence.”
On Jan. 2 President Trump gave the order to assassinate Iranian general and Quds Forces leader Qassem Suleimani in Iraq.
The State Department said the same day that Suleimani was planning imminent attacks against Americans in the region. Evidence supporting their claim has yet to be presented.
Coincidentally, the Associated Press reported on Nov. 10 that Iran discovered a new oil field in the country’s south with over 50 billion barrels of crude.
Combined with Trump exiting the Iran Deal forged by former President Obama, ordering the assassination of Suleimani and promising to increase sanctions on the country, Iran has received plenty of incentive to commence enriching uranium with the goal of creating a nuclear weapon.
This is exactly what Trump vowed would never happen with him at the helm. Despite a possible incentive, The Hill, an online political news site, reported Jan. 6 that Iran insisted its nuclear program is not weapons-based.
The Grayzone, an independent news website, reported Jan. 6 in an article entitled, “Iraqi PM reveals Soleimani was on peace mission when assassinated,” that Suleimani planned to meet Iraqi Prime Minister Abdul-Mahdi to discuss a diplomatic reconciliation that Iraq was brokering between Iran and Saudi Arabia.
In other words, Trump authorized the killing of a foreign general who was on his way to peace deliberations\; and he did so without the consent of Congress, which is required by the Constitution.
Trump’s trigger-happy decisions aren’t seen as wise by the American public.
USA Today reported Jan. 9 that Americans by more than 2-1 said the killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Suleimani has made the United States less safe.
Likewise, leading Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders criticized Trump’s recklessness Feb. 7 at the New Hampshire Democratic debate.
“You’re opening the door to international anarchy, and every government in the world will then be subjected to attacks and assassinations,” Sanders said.
The New York Times reported Jan. 14, 2020, that while “the White House was correct to identify Suleimani … as an enemy of the United States, he also indirectly served American interests by fighting the Islamic State to great effect.”
Furthermore, The Guardian reported Dec. 7, 2014, that Suleimani has been hailed across Iraq, particularly among the country’s Shias, as perhaps the only man who can stop ISIS.
Current American foreign policy is characterized by thoughtless attacks and supremacist attitudes.
Trump can be voted out this November in order to reinstate diplomacy as the tool of international dialogue instead of war.