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MUHAMMAD: Call it ‘Trump-ocalypse Now,’ or ‘Trump-aggedon’

So let me get this straight: We have an impeached president authorizing international assassinations at an international airport, heedless of possible civilian casualties, without consulting with relevant congressional leaders, while tweeting from a golf course.

His justification for assassinating Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, a top Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander, has been judged suspicious by informed Pentagon analysts and by folks with common sense all around the world.

According to New York Times correspondent Rukmini Callimachi, “I’ve had a chance to check in with sources, including two U.S. 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.'”

Given his track record as a compulsive liar — 15,000 lies counted by The Washington Post since he’s been in office — it’s hard to give him the benefit of the doubt … because he lies!

There was a time in 2011 when Trump repeatedly tweeted that then-President Barack Obama would bomb Iran in order to get reelected. Oh, how the worm has turned.

That’s what failing presidents do, in order to deflect public attention away from their problems and onto a national security threat. In fact, on the day of former White House intern Monica Lewinsky’s testimony in his impeachment trial, President Bill Clinton bombed a Sudanese pharmaceutical plant, falsely claiming there were “precursors” to weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in the soil outside the plant.

Then he did it again: on the day before the Senate vote on his impeachment — Dec. 16, 1998 — Clinton played the oldest game in the book, bombing Iraq, citing a “military need to move swiftly,” according to The Times. The tactic delayed the impeachment vote.

But what may really be behind this dangerous gambit is 45’s loyalty to the State of Israel, even above U.S. interests. When asked why he was so soft on Saudi Arabia after the brutal murder and dismemberment of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khassogi in one of the country’s embassies, he said Saudi Arabia has been a “great ally,” adding that, “without them, Israel would be in a lot more trouble.”

There are credible news media reports that Israel even had advance notice of the U.S. plan, even when congressional leaders in this country were kept in the dark. This is according to Israeli military and diplomatic analysts who refrained from providing details due to heavy military censorship.

“Our assessment is that the United States informed Israel about this operation in Iraq, apparently a few days ago,” said Barak Ravid, a journalist and commentator with deep sources in the Israeli security establishment, according to Mondoweiss.

The U.S. signed on to the Israeli strategy even before Trump, though. Former Supreme Allied Commander Wesley Clark said a handful of Arab-Muslim countries were to be dealt with by U.S. power. “We’re going to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and finishing off with Iran,” Clark said on Dec. 16, 2016, according to “Democracy Now!” Check the list.

Then, after snubbing his own government — yet informing Russian authorities, and even guests at his Mar-a-Lago golf resort where he spent the holidays — he told Congress to follow his Twitter feed in order to get the latest.

“These Media Posts will serve as notification to the United States Congress that should Iran strike any U.S. person or target, the United States will quickly & fully strike back, & perhaps in a disproportionate manner. Such legal notice is not required, but is given nevertheless!” The Dude tweeted from Air Force One on his return from Florida to Washington. That’s what you call “cheeky.”

What’s more, this Guy’s golf cart rentals alone have cost the taxpayers $500,000 for 257 days at a golf resort he owns. In all, he has spent 338 days at a property he owns (billing the government for his staff and his Secret Service detail), since he took office in 2017. He and his cadre claim the country can’t afford medical care, food, or education for millions of its people, yet he’s spent $5.6 trillion on war since 9/11, according to Andrea Germanos, writing for Common Dreams. And he boasted this week that he’s spent $2 trillion on fancy weapons that can destroy even sacred cultural sites in Iran, which would constitute a war crime. Wow!

Brace yourself. This country will certainly be in for a rough ride in 2020 — apocalyptic or maybe Armageddon-style, even.

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Askia Muhammad

WPFW News Director Askia Muhammad is also a poet, and a photojournalist. He is Senior Editor for The Final Call newspaper and he writes a weekly column in The Washington Informer.

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