…by Jonas E. Alexis
Tucker Carlson has recently taken a political knife and cut Trump’s ideology to pieces when Trump has deliberately ordered the assassination of Iranian Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani. “Washington has wanted war with Iran for decades,” Carlson said. “They still want it now. Let’s hope they haven’t finally gotten it.”
Carlson is right. The Israeli regime and the Jewish Neocons were pushing George W. Bush to take out Iran right after the Iraq debacle in 2003. Bush only had the chance to destroy one country, and he seemed to have passed the baton to Trump, who again is listening very closely to what the Israeli regime has been saying about Iran for decades.
Carlson continues to say that there is no benefit in perpetuating wars in the Middle East. He adds: “No one in Washington is in the mood for big-picture questions right now. Questions like: Is Iran really the greatest threat we face? And who’s actually benefiting from this? And why are we continuing to ignore the decline of our country in favor of jumping into another pointless quagmire, from which there’s no obvious exit?”
Carlson has a simple message to Trump, the warmongers, and Neocons like Max Boot: “Soleimani was a bad guy. But does that make killing him ‘very simple?’ Of course not. Nothing in life, and certainly not killing is ever ‘very simple.’ Any politician who tells you otherwise is dumb or lying.”
Let it be known that not a single politician has ever fleshed out how Soleimani was able to kill “thousands” of people. It is simply a mantra, and if you tell a mantra long enough in the media, the people will end up believing it.
In any event, Trump’s defense gets really pathetic. He declared that Soleimani was caught plotting to kill more Americans and that he was even hated in Iran. This is Trump at his best:
“General Qassem Soleimani has killed or badly wounded thousands of Americans over an extended period of time, and was plotting to kill many more…but got caught! He was directly and indirectly responsible for the death of millions of people, including the recent large number of PROTESTERS killed in Iran itself.
“While Iran will never be able to properly admit it, Soleimani was both hated and feared within the country. They are not nearly as saddened as the leaders will let the outside world believe. He should have been taken out many years ago!”
How does this man explain the fact that “tens of thousands” of Iranians took to the street to mourn the death of Soleimani? Does Trump really believe that everyone on this planet actually lives in a matrix and simply has no access to the outside world?
But even if Trumps wants us all to believe that he was right, he is still confronted with a major problem. As Representative Elissa Slotkin, Democrat of Michigan and a former C.I.A. analyst and Pentagon official, puts it:
“What always kept both Democratic and Republican presidents from targeting Suleimani himself was the simple question: Was the strike worth the likely retaliation and the potential to pull us into protracted conflict?”
And who is going to pay a big price for Trump’s dumb move? The average American and decent people in the West.
“Oil prices surged and the stock market fell after President Trump ordered the killing of Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani in Baghdad. On Wall Street, the stock market fell as oil prices jumped after the news of the general’s death: The price of Brent oil, the international benchmark, surged in the early hours of Hong Kong trading to nearly $70 a barrel — an increase of $3. The immediate increase in the price of oil was among the largest since an attack on a critical Saudi oil installation in September that temporarily knocked out 5 percent of the world’s supply.”
Obviously Trump is not looking for the well-being of his constituents, namely, the American people. He is looking for the well-being of the Israeli regime. As Doug Bandow of the National Interest has put it, “Donald Trump’s Iran Policy Comes Down to One Word: Chaos.” Perhaps Rose McGowan is right when she says:
“Dear #Iran, The USA has disrespected your country, your flag, your people. 52% of us humbly apologize. We want peace with your nation. We are being held hostage by a terrorist regime.”
-  “Tucker Carlson Comes Out Against Trump’s Iran Strike,” Daily Beast, January 4, 2020.
-  “Trump claims Soleimani ‘got caught’ plotting to kill more Americans and claims general was hated in Iran,” Independent, January 3, 2020.
-  Alissa J. Rubin, Ben Hubbard and Falih Hassan, “Cries of ‘Revenge Is Coming’ at Funerals for Slain Commanders in Iraq,” NY Times, January 4, 2020.
-  Michael Crowley, Peter Baker, Edward Wong and Maggie Haberman, “U.S. and Iran Exchange More Threats as Democrats Question Timing of Strike,” NY Times, January 3, 2020.
-  Ibid; see also Alexandra Stevenson and Stanley Reed, “Oil Prices Jump, and Stocks Slide, After U.S. Kills Iranian General,” NY Times, January 3, 2020.
-  Doug Bandow, “Donald Trump’s Iran Policy Comes Down to One Word: Chaos,” National Interest, January 4, 2020.
Jonas E. Alexis has degrees in mathematics and philosophy. He studied education at the graduate level. His main interests include U.S. foreign policy, the history of the Israel/Palestine conflict, and the history of ideas. He is the author of the new book, Kevin MacDonald’s Metaphysical Failure: A Philosophical, Historical, and Moral Critique of Evolutionary Psychology, Sociobiology, and Identity Politics. He teaches mathematics in South Korea.