Running Scared: Trump Threatens Iraq with “Great Big Sanctions” if Forced to Abandon Air base

Trump threatens to use US base in Iraq to bomb Baghdad, destroy Iraq's oil production....sources

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First Turkey, then Iraq and next Qatar, America is being thrown out of the Middle East…time to make more aircraft carriers…after all, protecting and ferrying ISIS around…and stealing oil is hard work.

The story below, in the Russian press, is fairly inaccurate and filled with vignettes of Trump and Israel ass kissing…as usual.

RT/Moscow: Iraq should brace for sanctions that will make the ones placed on Iran look weak in comparison if it kicks out the US troops without first covering the costs for an airbase, US President Donald Trump said.

“We have a very extraordinarily expensive air base that’s there. It cost billions of dollars to build, long before my time. We’re not leaving unless they pay us back for it,” Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One on Sunday.

The punitive measures that the US is ready to slap on its supposed ally in the fight against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) will be even harsher than the crippling sanctions already in effect against Tehran, the president said.

“If they do ask us to leave, if we don’t do it in a very friendly basis, we will charge them sanctions like they’ve never seen before ever. It’ll make Iranian sanctions look somewhat tame.”

Trump’s warning to Iraq comes after Iraqi MPs passed a resolution, championed by the country’s caretaker prime minister, asking the Iraqi government to expel foreign troops by cancelling a request for military assistance from the US-led coalition.

The resolution, adopted earlier on Sunday, envisions that some foreign troops might stay in Iraq for training purposes, but the number of foreign instructors deemed necessary should be reported back by the Iraqi authorities.

‘We are not allowed to touch Iran’s cultural sites? It doesn’t work that way’

Trump also doubled down on his threat to wipe out Iranian cultural sites in retaliation for potential future attacks from Tehran, which has vowed to avenge the assassination of its top general, Qassem Soleimani, by the US.

Accusing Iran of “torturing” and “maiming” American soldiers in suicide attacks and by planting roadside bombs, Trump hinted that attacks on US troops justify potential war crimes – the destruction of a nation’s cultural heritage.

“They’re allowed to kill our people. They’re allowed to torture and maim our people. They’re allowed to use roadside bombs and blow up our people. And we’re not allowed to touch their cultural sites? It doesn’t work that way.”

Trump’s statement on Saturday that the US might fire upon 52 sites that are important to Iran’s people and culture has courted controversy in the US, with many of the Trump administration’s critics noting that Washington would mimic the methods of its declared adversary, Islamic State – which is notorious for damaging and destroying globally-significant cultural sites in Syria and Iraq.

Tensions between the US and Iran have been mounting ever since a series of US airstrikes against the Shia Kataib Hezbollah militia in Syria and Iraq on December 29 killed at least 25 fighters, triggering a siege of the US Embassy in Baghdad that saw demonstrators chanting “death to America” and setting checkpoints on fire. The US blamed the showdown at its diplomatic compound on Tehran and its “proxies.” On Thursday, the US launched a drone strike at a convoy travelling near Baghdad International Airport, killing Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander Qassem Soleimani, along with senior Iraqi militia leaders.

The murder of Soleimani, who played a key role in the fight against IS in Syria and Iraq, has drawn outrage across Iran and Iraq, with Tehran vowing to avenge the assassination, calling it “an act of international terrorism.” Washington, meanwhile, insists that Soleimani was the mastermind behind a spate of attacks on American personnel, including at the US Embassy, and says he was plotting new assaults.

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13 COMMENTS

  1. I believe public opinion precipitously will turn against Trump, like a perfect storm. It’s palpable; people are just tired of the chaos.

  2. VT seems to be experiencing some unusual interference today. The articles aren’t loading properly, and I’m getting the “not responding long running script” bullshit.

  3. This noise about Iran and Soleimani killing hundreds of Americans sounds like nonsense, something PNAC would dream up. Why are we hearing this for the first time, and why now? Have we forgotten about all the past lies, the lies that were told about Iraqi WMDs and Osama Bin Laden doing 911, Gadhafi slaughtering his own (that’s always a good one),we Americans will believe anything. We’re a blood thirsty lot.
    The good news for Iraq is Trump foolishly put a dollar figure on America exiting their country. Now, they only need to ask how many billions, and agree to whatever number he spits out. Trump will then have to dream up some other excuse, because Israel will not allow America to leave.

  4. Hey Forum,
    ich glaube der Präsident Trump ist gerade dabei ,alle Präsidenten von Amerika zu überholen. Inder Charade. Nun sind schon die ersten Amerikaner zu Tote gekommen Terroranschlag in Kenia auf
    die U S Militärbasis. Manda Bay Flugplatz. Mehrere Flugzeuge und viele Tote am Sonntag 05.01.2020
    Al – Shabaab – WerExtrenisten haben es getan. Es ist wohl der Anfang. Gruß Werner

  5. Muslim wisdom is this:

    The person, who delivers threats to its political antagonist, is doing this from a week position.

    I and the readers here know, that this is not generally known in the western world and that is obviously a sad fact.

    I concur with the VT staff, that this story is riddled with too many misleading and unexact details, to be taken too serious – its fillled with some important but unprooven assumptions.

    I want to ask too questions:

    1. Why did the New York Times publish a seemingly unrelated article just a few days before, were they exactly forshadowed the assasination?

    2. Would the propaganda effect after the assasination have been more profound, if they had shown the passport of Suleimani with the front side open (as in 9/11)?

  6. Goes far back to Rome’s Alexandria Egypt Repository Book Burning False Flag. American Army being used as a Neo-Roman Imperium Empire to destroy artifacts so they can write the twistory they want. Syria, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, et al. Jesuit Nazi did similar in EU. Sever the roots – history of any people to destroy they’re society & culture.

  7. Not only did Trump’s parents fail to teach him the meaning of the Statue of Liberty, they also failed to teach him the Golden Rule: “Do Unto Others as you would have them do unto you”. All he learned from his Jewish Friends is “An eye for and eye” to return us to the dark ages. Look at how the criminals in Israel treat Palestinians and their children while Israel steals their land. Trump is now part of this group of international criminals. Trump behaves more like a wild animal beast than a human.

    • It is difficult to think of polite adjectives to describe the sorry low life draft dodger from New York who, along with cowards in our military, ambushed a top citizen and General of Iran. The ambush is the single most cowardly act anyone can do to another human being. These sorry members of our corrupt government induced this top General of Iran to come to their controlled area under false pretenses and then murdered him. How low is that? Trump did this in our good names. Everyone must tell him in no uncertain terms he does NOT represent us or our values. He is a low life expletive deleted scoundrel of the lowest animals from the cesspool of America New York where he learned all this gross inhuman misconduct. In fact he is an insult to most animals. Do us all a favor lower than animal Trump and RESIGN today. You and your friends in Israel are destroying what is left of this country. Israel did 9/11/01 too! Watch former Marine Ken O’Keefe at LAX in 2016.

  8. Destroying the cultural sites are defenetly a Jew thing. Notice that – a big part of the ME wars, are destroying the History of the ME, and stealing artifacts, so the Jews can re write it – just like they rewrote the Holocaust history – to their liking and their financial gains. Almost like tearing down Civil War Monuments in the US and monuments dedicated to the Red Armies sacrifice in the Eastern European theater – also.

  9. So delusional is now running the usa.
    Proven and admitted lies to the usa there in the first place , then there was the looting gold oil anything else. The millions killed. “It was worth it” Madeline albright moment. Then there’s the poisoned land and children from depleted uranium. The mafia demands compensation from its victim.
    They could always blow it up like syrian base or just ship it home or turn it into a reconciliation centre lol

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