IRANIAN MILITARY ADVISER: NO AMERICAN MILITARY STAFF OR SITES “WILL BE SAFE
IRANIAN MILITARY ADVISER: NO AMERICAN MILITARY STAFF OR SITES “WILL BE SAFE by Mac Slavo for SHTFPlan
Iran is clearly rattled by the death of Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani earlier this week. While Tehran is issuing threats of retaliation, the United States has allegedly already chosen 52 potential targets should Iran decide to avenge Soleimani’s death.
The targets that were chosen by the U.S, Trump tweeted, include some sites in Iran that are “important” to the nation’s culture. But that doesn’t appear to be phasing Iran much, if at all. Major Gen. Hossein Dehghan, the military adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told CNN in an exclusive interview Sunday that Iran’s response to Soleimani’s death “for sure will be military and against military sites,” adding that no U.S. military staff, vessel, or base “will be safe.”
Dehghan did maintain Tehran still wants to avoid full-fledged war between the two countries but said it was Washington’s responsibility not to escalate things further. “The only thing that can end this period of war is for the Americans to receive a blow that is equal to the blow they have inflicted,” he said, referring to the Soleimani strike. “Afterward they should not seek a new cycle.” -Yahoo News
It is pretty safe to say that Donald Trump did escalate what was already a proxy war by killing Soleimani. According to The Week, the U.S. wholeheartedly took what was arguably already a war (with an economic blockade and regular skirmishes with Iranian proxy forces) to a straight-up shooting war. Although disturbing, it also needs to be said that war and killing and murder are things that both the right and left can both agree on.
Events like this bring out the absolute worst in the American foreign policy community. Many conservative writers and thinkers, including former National Security Adviser John Bolton, the Hudson Institute’s Michael Doran, and Commentary‘s Noah Rothman, openly cheered this Putin-style cold-blooded murder of a foreign statesman. Other more supposedly nonpartisan commentators uncritically parroted Trump administration assertions that Iran was planning something bad. Every top Democratic presidential candidate except Bernie Sanders was careful to foreground that Soleimani was a bad guy before condemning the assassination in their initial comments.
The truth is that Soleimani was not all that different from any of about five dozen current and former American politicians and bureaucrats — if anything, he was considerably more restrained about the use of force. Yes, he was involved in a lot of bloody wars — but so was every American president since 2000, and besides half the wars he fought in were started or fueled by the United States. It’s just another instance of America’s gigantic hypocrisy when it comes to war. –The Week