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 …
There 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?You 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.