Stratego: Roll the Dice, What the Hell!

“Follow me!” — Cadet Bone Spurs
(H/T Scissorhead D-Cap)

Here is Cadet Bone Spurs’ official announcement last night:

Useful!

The Pentagon says,

“AT THE DIRECTION OF THE PRESIDENT, the U.S. military has taken decisive defensive action to protect U.S. personnel abroad by killing Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization.”

“General Soleimani was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region.”

And again, Cadet Bone Spurs has to have the last word because he doesn’t trust his own generals, intelligence operation, advisors, etc., just his hamberder-fueled gut:

Diplomacy!

Protocol!

The LATimes email thingie lays out our current situation very clearly (all formatting is theirs and all links go to the Times behind their firewall, but I think everyone gets the drift):

A Major Escalation With Iran
Concerns about a broader conflict in the Middle East are running high after the Pentagon announced that President Trump had ordered a U.S. airstrike that killed Gen. Qassem Suleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, in Baghdad.

Suleimani was considered one of the most powerful figures in the region, responsible for spreading Iran’s influence in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and elsewhere, often through violence. The U.S. blamed him for approving a siege of the American Embassy in Baghdad this week, and the Pentagon said Suleimani “was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region.”

In ordering Suleimani’s killing, Trump has taken one of the biggest gambles of his presidency. To heighten the political risk, Trump appears to have acted without advance consultation with Congress, and in the hours immediately afterward, he merely tweeted an image of the U.S. flag rather than make a public statement. The State Department urged U.S. citizens to leave Iraq “immediately” as Iran has vowed “harsh retaliation.”

As he enters the last year of his term, Trump has seen his attempts to use diplomatic pressure and financial incentives in hotspots like Iran and North Korea yield few results. But few observers had predicted such a radical shift with Tehran.

Axios email thingie picks up the thread of how this is likely to escalate, and boy howdy, no one could have predicted the Spanish Inquisition:

Behind the scenes: A source in close contact with Trump administration senior national security officials tells Axios’ Jonathan Swan that one scenario they are especially concerned about — and have been prepared for — is Iran launching cyberattacks.

  • That’s the most likely way that Iran could retaliate stateside.

And a grim assessment/prediction from Richard Haas, President of the Council on Foreign Relations:

We’re giving last word to our pal:

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13 Responses to Stratego: Roll the Dice, What the Hell!

  1. Redhand says:

    “Wag the Dog!”

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  2. Stony Pillow says:

    As predicted, his campaign for reelection (and just as important, running out the statutes of limitations on all crimes committed before 1/17) has begun.

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  3. Trump administration senior national security officials tells Axios’ Jonathan Swan that one scenario they are especially concerned about — and have been prepared for — is Iran launching cyberattacks.

    Given this is the Mango-Haired Shitgibbon’s Travelling Circus and Shitshow, Imma guess that Giuliani Associates are the ‘cyber’ security experts involved….

    Seeing as to how this sort of thing is actually (peripherally) within my wheelhouse, all I can say is we are most def effed in the dark…because they’re gonna be able to turn of the power wherever they damned well feel like, because you know that “D” grade in infrastructure that ASE keeps giving us? It includes all the cyber, like electrical grid control, pipeline control, etc.

    Also, the attack last month that took out that Saudi oil refinery and storage depot? That was accomplished with about $1-$2K worth of readily available off-the-shelf equipment.

    From China, who has told the US to go stuff it’s Iran sanctions right up it’s ass.

    Remember this is the * Mango-Haired Shitgibbon’s Travelling Circus and Shitshow* They ALWAYS fuck up.

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  4. We are SO effed in the dark. From MoJo :

    Trump showed no signs of backing down on Tuesday when a reporter asked if he had an exit strategy planned in the event of war breaking out. “You are not going to need an exit strategy,” he replied. “I don’t need exit strategies.”

    Sociopathic nihilists in charge, what can go wrong?.

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  5. Dennis Cole says:

    I can’t erase this vision from my mind, with Dumpy sitting there, the “Football” wide-open beside him, with his (tiny) finger poised above the button. What’s stopping him? Cooler heads with coloring books and crayons, to start with, I suppose, although he does have the final say-so.

    Or maybe his aides have suggested to him that nuking Iran will “spoil the oil.” THAT oughta get his attention.

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  6. Iran is in close proximity to Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Europe. You can bet all those geopolitical targets are on higher alert than normal as I am keyboarding. Iranian reprisal is coming. Iran is allies with Russia, Trump is a Putin puppet, Israel is armed to the teeth, and lone wolf and splinter cell terrorist groups are all over Europe, North Africa, and the Balkans. The United States is already considered the Great Satan of the middle east. This is not gonna have a Cinderella ending.

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  7. R White says:

    Pelosi has to feel really impotent that she as the ‘gang of eight’ in congress had no idea what was going to happen, yet gary busey’s bastard (eric) knew of the plans and like the drooling moron he is, tweeted about it on tuesday only to later ‘delete’ said tweet.

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  8. R White says:

    Seen on the interwebs today:

    If you voted for trump, strap up your boot laces, grab the gun you love so much, kiss the heterosexual spouse you pretend to enjoy, wave goodby to the white kids you believe are an endangered species and get your ass on the front lines.

    love,
    All the snowflakes

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  9. HarpoSnarx says:

    “But, but we’re at WOAH! You MUST reelect PRESIDENT TRUMP!”

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  10. paul fredine says:

    some random ramblings.

    Tengrain was here!

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