What I love about the way progressive writers write their characters into their roles, is that they have such a hard-on for academia, that they can't help but turn all their favorite characters into lecture hall professors, because in their world, the highest woke street cred you can get is "lecturer", followed by journalist, followed by woke politician (all of the aforementioned would be assumed activists of some sort on the side). To them, the peeps in academia are infallible, and get to lecture the world on (their) truth, which always has a progressive slant at the expense of slighting anything "non-progressive", the irony is the ignorance to the failure of "progressive" ideals.
So, this general is allegedly responsible for attacking the US embassy in Iraq (where no one was killed) and our response is to go over the top and end him. Not capture him and put him on trial, not retaliate with sanctions or some other truly effectively diplomatic punishing tactic that doesn't rally a whole country to revenge. The way this all went down, with Pelosi holding back the impeachment drama, and Trump (either willingly or unwittingly) walking into this Iran drama, it all seems too convenient, like they're connected somehow, and now this re-stirring of the ME gives the warmongers and war machine an excuse to be in business for more decades on end when it was just starting to seem like the tide of nationalist movements could seed an eventual departure from the ME.
Rand Paul raises questions and asks questions that we/our government should all be asking ourselves, and whether you agree with him or not, at least get the facts to defend/feel good about your position and the actions we're taking versus most people on the comment board who take their "thinking" orders from the MSM, hearing what they want to hear and looking at the situation as black and white so they can avoid critical thinking and cleanse their conscious for being in favor of war/assassination of other countries military leaders. What if someone assassinated one of our generals? Would we be like, "he probably deserved it because all the msm is telling me he was a terrorist... you want proof he was a terrorist? Uh, intel we can't see or vet. A right to defend yourself or prove your innocence or reveal equal injustices from your attackers? Uh, where is that in the constitution?"
Reading the comments to this thread reveals a sad state of critical thinkers. I'm a supporter of Trump, but not bs wars nor f'ing games in the ME. This Senator was presenting himself clearly and articulately as he basically called out what amounts to a version of the deep state not giving them answers on the justification of the strike on Solemani while at the same time tossing around (focus-group-style) justification for war, and then telling the people who have to approve going to war that we'll tell you when to approve or not approve it, in the meantime, don't even debate the idea because we can't look like we're not all always in agreement because of what Iran might think. In other words, we have to look like a country governed by groupthink non-free men, like China or North Korea, or even Iran, versus a country where freedom reigns and a deep state can't usurp the will of the people and their elected representatives. But then you look at half the comments saying the senator looked unhinged or stressed out (likely millinneals or younger who don't know what normal talking looks like), when he was just making a mildly impassioned plea to common sense in the face of ritual absurdity. This whole Iran incident has halved the hope gained in the last 3 years that people were waking up, hope was lost when it revealed people can still be duped on both sides of the aisle by the warmongers, and the tribalists will go against common sense or turn on each other to support the tribe.
I think this is a great opportunity to remind ANY quasi-constitutionalist that elections have consequences and that anyone who doesn't want this current (or any future) gun grabs (or whatever the next violation of rights will be from the marxists) needs to get out and vote. Every. Last. One of them. There's never been a more important time to vote.
Hate to say it, but there are so many more examples of this Stossel could've pulled from, but then it would look like he's being partisan against just Democrat lawmakers
And one more thing, if Hilldog were president, we'd have been at war with either Syria, Iran or North Korea a long time ago. She might've talked a big game against Russia and China too by now, but never intending to take them on.
Up to this point, Trump had facts behind him to disprove that he's a bully on the world stage, now he's living up to the stereotype his enemies want him to.
Here's what I don't get, the Dems (and Republicans) have been begging for a skirmish let alone all out war with Iran since they had a hard on for unseating the Syrian leader Bashar and sticking their thumb in the eye of Putin, and they used this war mongering to slam Trump for not being as retaliatory and regime-changie as they want him to be, and now that military action has been taken in "retaliation" to an act in Iraq (which the US still occupyies) and said retaliation happened IN Iraq (versus Iran) all these war mongers (especially on the left) are like, "how dare you attack innocent peace-loving Iranian military leaders without authorization of congress, you're a heartless murdering war-monger dictator abusing his power Donald Trump!"
This is why I've been so against the US even being in the ME, but I've been especially against any action taken by this administration other than to withdraw from the area. Up to this point Trump had avoided the baited calls for war even if he occasionally placated the war-monger machine with a strike or two. He could've proved he's different, not owned by the war machine and not followed in the footsteps of no-congressional-approval-to-murder-high-ranking-officials-of-other-countries-Obama.
I say we get out of the middle east altogether, let them destroy themselves and come begging to us to be their oil customer while we look elsewhere.