Prznint Art of the Deal tells us that sure he’ll pull out the 5K troops that Iraq is demanding, you know, once they’ve settle their debts. From Axios morning email thingie:
- On Iraq’s move toward expelling U.S. forces: “We have a very extraordinarily expensive air base that’s there. It cost billions of dollars to build — long before my time. We’re not leaving unless they pay us back for it.”
- On Iraq, an ally: “If they do ask us to leave,” we won’t do it on “a very friendly basis. We will charge them sanctions like they’ve never seen before ever. It’ll make Iranian sanctions look somewhat tame.”
Prznint Transactional only sees the world in dollars and cents. Another reason you cannot run the gubmint like a bidness.
- He repeated his threat against Iranian cultural sites: “They’re allowed to kill our people. They’re allowed to torture and maim our people. They’re allowed to use roadside bombs and blow up our people. And we’re not allowed to touch their cultural site? It doesn’t work that way.”
Yes, that’s a war crime, and as he mentioned it previously, this now makes it a pre-meditated war crime. Good luck with that, buddy.
Former VP and current 2020 Goat Rodeo contender Joe Biden tells the Des Moines Register some harsh truth (via Politico’s morning email thingie and the formatting is theirs):
“Former Vice President Joe Biden said Iran is now ‘in the driver’s seat’ in the Middle East, pointing to an Iraqi Parliament vote to remove U.S. forces from the country.
“In his sharpest rebuke yet of Thursday’s killing of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, Biden said Sunday during a campaign stop in Grinnell that U.S. military leaders will lose sway in the region and Iran will speed up its efforts to build a nuclear weapon. He added that Iranian leaders will become more popular in their own country as its citizens rally behind them following the attack. ‘This is a crisis totally of Donald Trump’s making,’ Biden said.
“‘Iran now is going to be the person occupying and influencing Iraq,which is clearly not very much in our interest,’ Biden said Sunday. He added: ‘We have to face this alone, without our allies. The (Trump) administration didn’t consult or warn them, even though their interests are at stake, too — even though NATO countries have forces in the region as well. NATO countries now are telling both — our allies, NATO — are telling both the United States and Iran, treating us both as part of the problem. Not Iran. Not us. Both of us.’”
So this is where we stand: alone. Years ago MPS posited that the winner of the Iraq War was Iran, and I hate saying that we were right about that.