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Jan 04 2020

Just Another Distraction

Why would the lunatic in the Oval Office order the assassination of one of Iran’s top generals? You have to remember how this narcissistic psychopath thinks; it’s all about him. That brings us to the obvious explanation, he needed a distraction from his pending trial in the Senate which has been headlines for weeks. Two weeks ago, new details emerged from unredacted emails about the pressure immediately following Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky. The report has kept Impeachment the lead story in the news and social media driving Trump up the wall during the Christmas holiday. The demonstration and attack on the US embassy in Baghdad offered the perfect basis for a headline grabbing distraction.

On MSNBC’s “Meet the Press Daily,” the obvious got stated that this was a “wag the dog” operation:

n Nov. 2011, then-businessman Donald Trump attacked then-President Barack Obama for starting a war with Iran to get reelected. It was one of many reasons that MSNBC host Katy Tur explained no one should trust the president when it comes to the death of Iranian Gen. Qasem Suleimani. [..]

Of course, Obama never started a war with Iran, in fact, he and his team negotiated a peace treaty with them. Trump, by contrast, has launched this attack and sent an additional 8,000 troops to the Middle East less than a month before the Iowa Caucus.

“Donald Trump has always been very good at projecting. Could we call this future projection?” Tur asked the “Meet the Press” panel on Friday. “I’m taking this seriously because Donald Trump has always been very literal. When he says something, he’s literal. He means what he says. And I don’t think — he doesn’t speak with a lot of nuance. He’s not playing three-dimensional chess. I think it’s a fair question with everything we’ve seen whether the president thought this was a good idea for his election year.”

NBC News senior politics editor Beth Fouhy recalled in the 1990s when former President Bill Clinton was running for reelection, that there was a military action that prompted the criticism that he was going to “wag the dog.” At the same time, the film was released by the same name, depicting a president who manufactures a war to increase his poll numbers for reelection.

Fouhy said that Democrats haven’t said that after this action.

“We haven’t heard that this time. There are a lot of questions about why Donald Trump did what he did,” she continued. “You haven’t heard anybody yet say he’s doing this to distract from impeachment. At this point people are accepting on its face he felt the need to do this however strategically he does it.”

What better way to change the story than to bomb something and/or kill someone important, damn the consequences and it’s Trump’s tweets that betray his motive:

@realDonaldTrump

Christopher Bedford, The Federalist Senior Editor. “There is NOTHING NEW in these Emails at all that’s been discovered. It’s exactly what we knew before, which is that the White House & political figures wanted to cut off aid, Trump wanted to question aid to a number of….

12:27 PM – Jan 3, 2020

@realDonaldTrump

….different places that he thought were wasteful, and the career staff, as they always do, pushed back, and made a million excuses as to why they could not possibly stop spending U.S. taxpayer money. There was a back & forth over the legal arguments, & the W.H. decision was….

12:27 PM – Jan 3, 2020

@realDonaldTrump

….followed, and then it was withdrawn. The Democrats argument for impeachment has not gotten stronger over the last few weeks. As Senator Josh Hawley just said, he’s going to enter a Motion to Dismiss the Impeachment Trial because it’s never actually been brought to trial.”

12:27 PM – Jan 3, 2020

This assassination was the act of a cornered, desperate man that has put American lives at risk to save his political career. While an act of war may save this dimwit from being removed from office by the Republican controlled Senate, it may well keep him from getting reelected. 481 days to go.

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