Just Two Snippets Of Snark …

I was working on other projects last night when the ‘breaking news’ came about and changed my focus.  I do wish that wouldn’t happen … I have a hard enough time these days staying focused with the marbles rattling about in my head.  At any rate, while I had no intention of being snarky today, that all changed in the blink of an eye, or a dropping of an explosive half a world away.

Stupid, Stupid, Stupid …

SoleimaniThere is little doubt that Iranian General Qassem Soleimani was not a nice man.  One might even say he was an evil man, and few will mourn his death.  HOWEVER … assassinating him was just about the stupidest thing Donald Trump could have done in the Middle East at this time.  While nobody can predict for certain what will happen next, there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that there will be a price to pay, likely a steep price. Last night, I am told by my Iraqi friend, the people of Iraq were dancing in the streets, so happy were they that Soleimani was dead.  I don’t think they will be dancing for long, as this is almost certain to lead to an escalation of tensions in the area, and many Middle East foreign policy experts predict it will quickly lead to a new war across the Middle East.

I am not an expert on Middle Eastern affairs, so I won’t even try to predict what form retaliation for the General’s assassination will take, other than to say that I think lives will be lost, and the blood will be on Donald Trump’s hands, for his move was not one based on strategy, but rather on a desire for revenge, and perhaps a desire to please his supporters by appearing strong.  There is a difference, though, between ‘strong’ and ‘stupid’.  At the end of the day, I think we will find that his actions will carry a high price tag.  I wonder how happy his supporters will be when they see the new price at the fuel pump in a few days or weeks.  Or, when their children start coming home in body bags?flag-burningYou may remember that Trump promised to pull the U.S. out of the Mid-East?  Well, guess what folks?  His actions have just all but guaranteed that we will be sending more and more troops to fight in a war of his own making.  Again, General Soleimani was an evil, nasty piece of work, and I don’t mourn his death, but it was the wrong thing, by the wrong hand, at the wrong time.

Just as I finished writing this, a breaking news alert came across that the U.S. Army is sending 3,500 more troops to the Middle East.  And so it begins …

And on the campaign trail …

Despite having thrown a match into a tinderbox by assassinating General Soleimani, Donald Trump returns to the campaign trail today, visiting an evangelical ‘mega-church’ in Miami.  The editorial in Christianity Today that I wrote about in my post Are Evangelicals Turning Against Trump? on December 20th, apparently caused some concern in the Trump campaign that perhaps he is losing ground with the evangelicals who comprise a substantial portion of his base.

The church he will be campaigning at is a Hispanic church in the south of a city with the nation’s largest foreign-born population … a city he lost by a huge margin in 2016.  Apparently, he thinks he can woo a group who he has damaged in numerous ways, using his “charm”.  Does he honestly think they will suddenly lose their memory of how he has hurt the Hispanic population in this country by his policies and actions against DACA, immigrants from south of the border, and others in the community?

It seems to me that Trump believes the most important part of his job is to campaign for his re-election.  He orders the death of a man, a death that is likely to lead to hundreds of thousands more deaths, then casually hops aboard Air Force One (at our expense) and travels to Miami to try to do a snow job on the Hispanic evangelicals.  Perhaps he can manage to squeeze in a round of golf while he’s there … also at our expense.  Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

Okay, perhaps I can now get my focus back and return to my projects … thanks for allowing me to vent my snark.

25 thoughts on “Just Two Snippets Of Snark …

  1. I had a feeling all along that Trump would get us into a war. He can’t seem to stand peace. He also wants to divert attention away from what he’s up to at the White House and bad press. He’s made no friends in the Middle East by this stupid move. I read even his buddy Putin won’t be happy with it. The Arabs now have to worry about more oil wells being bombed, and Isreal will be a likely target. Dumb. Dumb. Dumb. 😦 — Suzanne

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    • You are right on all counts. He has successfully diverted the attention of the nation away from impeachment, and he is a bully, at heart a warmonger. There will be far-reaching ramifications to his ignominy, and it is innocent people who will pay the price. Damn him!


    • From what I read last night, most of the major U.S. cities are on high alert. There are a handful of cities that are likely targets: NYC, Boston, Houston, Los Angeles, San Diego. I cannot predict what will happen next, my friend … I wish I could.


  2. Thanks for taking the words right out of my mouth! These stories have sickened me again! My 18 year old should not have to worry about a war happening due to the stupidity of our President!!! No one should have too!! All these people that cheer this just continue to make me shake my head in disbelief!!
    And yes I sure hope he doesn’t get a warm welcome in Florida! He is visiting people that he built a wall against!!
    Ugjhhhh! God help us!


  3. I had not long finished reading about this before I saw your Snarky post. I was horrified. While the rest of your ‘allies’ are trying to heep the Nuclear Agreement alive, Trump does this and doesn’t even have the courtesy to inform us.I no longer consider America a friend to my country as long as this lunatic is in charge. I’m told he did not inform Congress and request permission to use Armed Force abroad.That’s probably an impeachable offence which is odd because this whole murder was probably to divert people from his current impeachment woes. But Lindsey says he was briefed so that’s OK then. Iran are extremely unlikely to take this lying down and their will be deaths. Maybe Iraqis in the streets are pleased but that doesn’t mean their commanders and armed forces are or even their Religious leaders.
    I haven’t read anywhere about how many (if any) others died when Soleimani was killed but no doubt they were only the first of the innocents to suffer, Trump is not a strong man, a leader. He’s a bully with no idea what he’s doing. Body bags bearing American corpses should all be laid at his door.

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    • I no longer consider America a friend to my country as long as this lunatic is in charge.

      I no longer consider America a friend to my country. And I live here, so it is my country. That’s the current sad situation.

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    • I can’t say as I blame you … I imagine there are many on your side of the pond who don’t consider the U.S. to be a friend anymore, and if they are smart, Boris, Macron, Merkel and the others will make a forceful statement to Trump along those lines. Since before he was elected, my biggest concern was his lack of knowledge regarding foreign policy and diplomacy. I knew he was unable and unwilling to listen to those who do have such knowledge, and this day has long been one I feared would come. Others did die in the attack, for he had at the very least, a driver, and his vehicle was part of a convoy, but I have searched a couple of times today and cannot find any information about the other victims. Earlier today, another 5 people were killed in Iraq in a drone strike, presumably ordered by Trump, though information about that one was still sketchy last time I checked. Sigh. The U.S. is no longer a nation that anybody should be proud of … I certainly am not. I’m sorry … to all. I just hope that now some of the damn republicans open their eyes and see what a mess they have caused us, though it’s not likely. Sigh.

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  4. Funny how you and I both wrote about this very thing just a few short days ago Jill. I think your Iraqi friend is right, there were many who welcomed this man’s death. However, Iraq is an overwhelmingly Shia country…as is Iran. Thanks to Bush, Iraq became even more within Iran’s sphere of influence. The whole thing is so complicated. And here we have the most ill-informed, unhinged president in history taking action that he in no way knows how it will end. World War 1 started in much the same fashion. I’m not saying that’s where we’re headed, but can we honestly say it’s not possible?

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    • Yep, and we had a bad feeling about it all along … I just felt it. And what kind of ‘man’ can order a drone hit that is sure to set the world on fire, then go play 18 holes of golf??? Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr. One of the things I began warning about in late 2015, as he was beginning to gain popularity, is that he has zero foreign policy experience or understanding, and since he thinks he knows everything, he wouldn’t be willing to learn. He said he’s surround himself with the best advisors, but he has, instead, chosen the very worst of the worst. And so, here we are, at the brink of … who knows what? Sigh. I wish somebody would order a drone strike on him!

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