Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie) morning email thingie tells us about a new kind of diplomacy where you try to build a coalition AFTER you’ve done whatever the hell you wanted to do (formatting and enigmatic emboldening is theirs):
SUNDAY SHOW PREP … SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE POMPEO, who will appear on all the major Sunday shows this week, was on “HANNITY” last night, and this gives a good insight into his mindset at the moment: “I spent the last day and a half, two days, talking to partners in the region, sharing with them what we were doing, why we were doing it, seeking their assistance, they’ve all been fantastic. And then talking to our partners in other places that haven’t been quite as good. Frankly, the Europeans haven’t been as helpful as I wish that they could be.
“THE BRITS, THE FRENCH, THE GERMANS all need to understand that what we did — what the Americans did — saved lives in Europe as well. Qassem Soleimani … and his IRGC led assassination campaigns in Europe. This was a good thing for the entire world and we are urging everyone in the world to get behind what the United States is trying to do: To get the Islamic Republic of Iran to simply behave like a normal nation.”
Lotsa luck with that, buddy.
Onto this notion that Comrade Trump was only concerned with stopping an imminent attack:
QUITE THE THREAD … RUKMINI CALLIMACHI, who covers ISIS for the NYT: “1. I’ve had a chance to check in with sources, including two US officials who had intelligence briefings after the strike on Suleimani. Here is what I’ve learned. According to them, the evidence suggesting there was to be an imminent attack on American targets is ‘razor thin’.
“2. In fact the evidence pointing to that came as three discrete facts: a) A pattern of travel showing Suleimani was in Syria, Lebanon & Iraq to meet with Shia proxies known to have an offensive position to the US. (As one source said that’s just ‘business as usual’ for Suleimani)” The full thread, from this morning
And then there’s this bit where Pompeo talked with his counterpart in Russia:
STATE DEPT. READ OUT of a call between POMPEO and SERGI LAVROV Friday: “Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Secretary Pompeo discussed President Trump’s recent decision to take decisive defensive action to protect U.S. personnel abroad by killing Qassem Soleimani in response to imminent threats to American lives. The Secretary made clear that the United States remains committed to de-escalation.”
— RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY readout of the same call: “Sergey Lavrov stressed that targeted actions by a UN member state to eliminate officials of another UN member state, and on the territory of a third sovereign country without its knowledge grossly violate the principles of international law and deserve condemnation.
“The Russian Minister pointed out that this act by the United States is fraught with grave consequences for the regional peace and stability, does not facilitate efforts to find solutions to the complicated issues that have built up in the Middle East but, on the contrary, leads to a new round of escalation. Moscow urges Washington to give up illegal military actions to achieve its goals on the international arena and to settle all problems at the negotiating table.”
Seems like quite a condemnation to Prznint Art of the Deal from his boss and paymaster Putin.
Anyway, our End-Times evangelical Secretary of State is trying to fix things after-the-fact, and no one is buying what he’s selling. But on the plus side, no one is talking about Impeachment, so the Fourth Reich has that working for itself.