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Fifteen years after the U.S. invaded Iraq to turn Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship into a beacon of democracy, Iraq’s Parliament, amid shouts of “Death to America!” voted to expel all U.S. troops from the country.

Though nonbinding, the expulsion vote came after mobs trashed the U.S. embassy in an assault that recalled Tehran 1979.

What provoked Iraq’s Parliament into demanding the ouster of all U.S. troops?

First, the five December U.S. strikes on Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces in retaliation for a dozen Kataib Hezbollah rocket attacks on U.S. bases, which killed a contractor and wounded four U.S. soldiers.

Then came President Donald Trump’s decision to launch a drone-strike and kill Iranian General Qassem Soleimani at Baghdad International Airport. Killed in the same strike was the Shiite Iraqi leader of Kataib Hezbollah.

During his return flight to Washington Sunday, Trump warned Iraq: Follow through on your demand that all U.S. troops get out, and we will insist that Baghdad repay the money we just spent on a major air base.

Moreover, said Trump, if Iraqis expel U.S. troops, then we will impose upon them “sanctions like they’ve never seen before, ever. It’ll make Iranian sanctions look somewhat tame.”

Where do we stand now in Iraq?

Though Sunnis and Kurds abstained, the Iraqi parliament has voted to expel all our troops. The State Department has urged U.S. civilians to flee Iraq. 82nd Airborne units have moved into the region to protect the U.S. embassy. U.S. troops fighting ISIS alongside Iraqi troops have separated themselves and stood down. In Iraq, the war on terrorism is on hold.

Across the Middle East, U.S. diplomats, soldiers and civilians are on alert. The acting prime minister of Iraq, in an echo of Tehran and radical Shiites, is demanding that all 5,200 U.S. soldiers in Iraq depart.

How can our troops, detested by the PMF militias and their thousands of fighters, unwanted by the Iraqi Parliament majority, the acting prime minister, and much of the Shiite majority, remain safely inside the capital city of Baghdad or the country?

What a difference a presidential decision can make.

Two months ago, crowds were in the streets of Iraq protesting Iran’s dominance of their politics. Crowds were in the streets of Iran cursing that regime for squandering the nation’s resources on imperial adventures in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Yemen. Things were going America’s way.

Now it is the Americans who are the targets of protests.

Over three days, crowds numbering in the hundreds of thousands and even millions have packed Iraqi and Iranian streets and squares to pay tribute to Soleimani and to curse the Americans who killed him.

As emotions are running high and America’s friends in the region are mute, the twin goals of Iran and its militia allies appear clear:

Tehran wants to avoid a war with the United States, but to direct the passions of the moment toward forcing an expulsion of the Americans from the Middle East, beginning with their ouster from Iraq.

ORDER IT NOW

Thus, Tehran has signaled that its retaliation, its revenge for the death of Soleimani, a military man, will be proportionate. Tehran is telegraphing an attack on the U.S. military. Hassan Nasrallah, the head of Hezbollah in Lebanon, has called on his followers not to attack innocent Americans in the region but to zero in on U.S. military targets.

Oddly, what the America-haters of the Middle East seek is what Soleimani wanted, and what Trump promised in his campaign of 2016 — an end to U.S. involvement in the forever wars of the Middle East.

Perhaps, rather than sending troops into Iraq and Kuwait to defend U.S. troops already there, we should accede to the local nationalist demands, start bringing our troops home, and let Iranians, Iraqis, Libyans, Syrians, Yemenis and Afghans settle their quarrels.

Despite the rage in Iran over the killing of Soleimani, the political imperatives that existed before last Friday’s drone strike remain.

Iran does not want war with the United States. And Trump wants no war with Iran.

But Iran made a mistake in its extrapolation from that truth.

Assuming that because Trump did not want war, he would recoil from a fight, Soleimani believed he could kill Americans with impunity, as long as his fingerprints were not on the murder weapon.

Killing Soleimani was just. But what is just is not always wise.

Yet, his killing restores Trump’s credibility as a Jacksonian who avoids wars but who, wounded, will stab the enemy who cut him.

Trump has a red line. It is not shooting at American drones but shooting at American soldiers, the drawing of American blood.

The message the rulers of Iran should have received?

If they retaliate for Soleimani by killing American soldiers, diplomats or civilians, using either Iranian troops or proxy militias, Trump will retaliate against Iran itself.

Otherwise, “Come Home, America,” George McGovern’s slogan from the 1972 presidential campaign, has rarely seemed more relevant.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of “Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever.”

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  1. KenH says:

    If Baghdad Wants Us Out, Let’s Go!

    Bibi and the Israelis will decide when the U.S. can leave, so we’ll be staying until the U.S. collapses of its own dead weight which is hopefully very soon.

  2. KenH says:

    Pat completely accepts the legacy media’s and Trump Administration’s narrative about Soleimani. I guess Pat is doing what he has to do to maintain his standing among beltway scribblers and talking heads. It would be nice to see him do more investigative reporting and question the narrative, but then that would mean probably getting fired from The Mclaughlin Group and guest appearances at FOX Jews drying up. Being part of the national discussion means a great deal to him, even more then telling the truth or calling out the U.S government on their recent act of banditry.

    I’m not saying Soleimani didn’t have a role in past deaths of American soldiers or was incapable of planning new attacks, but that’s beside the point. If Iran invaded Mexico or Canada then we would consider their military personnel legitimate targets too. That’s called war but we expect the world to throw rose petals at the feet of our troops after we’ve invaded their countries and drone striked them into oblivion.

    American troops should not be in Iraq anymore and if they weren’t U.S. troops and contractors wouldn’t be getting targeted and we wouldn’t be wasting our time debating the merits or demerits of the Soleimani assassination. Trump was elected to enact a more humble foreign policy and in his own words “end these stupid wars” and he’s betraying us. Either he’s a liar or a coward or a combination thereof.

    If Trump is trying to damage his re-election chances by getting America involved in another war then he’s off to a great start and part of me wonders if he wants out or thinks he might lose, so he’ doing as much as he can for Israel in 2020 in the event he loses re-election.

    • Replies: @follyofwar
    , @Tsar Nicholas
  3. Killing Soleimani was just.

    Would that action and, for that matter, sanctions that operate on the civilian population of a nation, pass the standards outlined for the Nuremburg trials as they were applied to the German leadership?

    • Replies: @Uri Katsav
  4. Wow, the talmudics got to Buchanan too.

  5. FN says:

    “First, the five December U.S. strikes on Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces in retaliation for a dozen Kataib Hezbollah rocket attacks on U.S. bases, which killed a contractor and wounded four U.S. soldiers.”

    Is there actually any proof Kataib Hezbollah was behind these attacks? It might as well be a propaganda lie. I cannot tell. One should not uncritically treat such accusations as fact by casually repeating them without qualification. We have been lied to many times.

    • Agree: JimDandy
  6. To radically simplify, I have a question.

    If Israel really wants to commit suicide, could they just do it on their own?

    I see no reason we, the Iraqis, the Iranians, and everybody else has to be dragged into it.

  7. JasonT says:

    U.S. troops are not fighting ISIS. Rather, they are supplying ISIS and providing air cover for them.

    “Soleimani believed he could kill Americans with impunity, as long as his fingerprints were not on the murder weapon.”
    Provide proof of this statement, Buchanan, or stop uttering nonsense.

    “Killing Soleimani was just.”
    This is utter garbage and reveals you for the barbaric person you are.

  8. But Jews don’t want us out, so US must stay.

  9. Oh no! Pat has departed from the approved Al Taqiyya script that’s all the rage in these parts. He must not have received the memo that the only acceptable response is to call the dead muslim general a “genius” and pretend he was the best-est man ever.

    Moreover, as every good American who has his mind right certainly understands, we must choose between Israel and Iran. Saying “to hell with both of them” just won’t do, even though choosing sides is what got the U.S. into WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and all the Middle East wars of the last 30 damned disgraceful years. Pat Buchanan must be a hasbarat!—so the local geniuses will exclaim.

    It’s as if by magic that one can be—all at the same time—an “anti-semite” (in the estimable view of the neocon crowd) and a hasbarat, according to the “Iran is innocent and virtuous” braintrust. Imagine that!

  10. @Gleimhart Mantooso

    Doing hits for israel and jews, a country and people that have done nothing but attack, kill, manipulate, destroy, our religions, men, education, family, and culture, is not, nor will it ever, be in America’s interest.

    To hear Buchanan and others who seemingly understood the Jew and her threat to us, fall in line so quickly with the Jew cover story is disturbing.

    This is a repeat of the Jew attack on the twin towers and the Jew war against iraq fought by America. To see so many people falling for the Jew lie after all that has happened—is so sad.

    • Replies: @Gleimhart Mantooso
  11. @Gleimhart Mantooso

    ‘… we must choose between Israel and Iran. Saying “to hell with both of them” just won’t do, ..’

    Saying ‘to hell with both of them’ would have done perfectly well — but it’s a little late in the day for that.

    We’ve done Israel’s killing for her, and now it’ll be us that has to pay.

    There’s no way around that. Don’t whine.

    …or whine if you must.

    Just don’t lie. Please.

    • Replies: @Gleimhart Mantooso
  12. Chinaman says:

    Killing Soleimani was just.

    To a Chinaman who have no stakes in this, the assassination of another country’s leader, which is not officially at war with the US, while he is on foreign soil is a blatant and flagrant violation of international law and an act of terrorism. It is an act of war.

    Pat have lost his moral compass and turn his back on his Christian teaching by saying the killing is Just. On the contrary, It is a miscarriage of justice to kill Soleimani even before he is brought to face justice. There is no legal justification to kill Soleimani.

    Who made America judge and executioner?

    By this logic, given the millions that American military have killed all over the world over the past few decades, any American politicians and anyone in a uniform is fair game when he dare to step outside America.

    You could make the argument that Killing Pat is Just.

  13. turtle says:

    turn Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship into a beacon of democracy

    as if.

    nonbinding

    Meaning: the U.S. military will leave when, or if, it ever feels like it. What sand niggers want is irrelevant.

    killed a contractor

    killed a mercenary.
    FIFY

    82nd Airborne units have moved into the region to protect the U.S. embassy

    That is to say, the U.S walled city within a city, which incidentally contains an embassy building.

    or the 82nd.

    Trump wants no war with Iran.

    What L’il Donnie wants is irrelevant. Benny Nutandyahoo has his cock so far up Donnie’s arse, L’il Donnie can use Benny’s jiz for Brylcreem.

  14. I have always been a big fan and defender of Pat Buchanan, but his over the top defense of Trump and this column in particular have disappointed me so much that I don’t think I can read any more of his columns. Very sad to see him capitulate to the PTB. I had thought better of him.

    • Replies: @follyofwar
  15. JimDandy says:

    The latest from Bibi:

    “The assassination of Soleimani isn’t an Israeli event but an American event. We were not involved and should not be dragged into it,” he said, according to Israeli news outlets.

    • Replies: @Buck Ransom
    , @Curmudgeon
  16. SC Rebel says:
    @FN

    Proof?

    Now why would you want that?

    Just be a good little goyim and cheer on Murica.

  17. The press is totally controlled by the CIA/Central Banks. They are war mongers. I figure that everything they say is the opposite of the truth.

    The press hates Trump, so he must be pretty good. They say he is dumb, so he is smart.
    The press thinks this assassination was bad, so it was probably good.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  18. MEexpert says:

    Assuming that because Trump did not want war, he would recoil from a fight, Soleimani believed he could kill Americans with impunity, as long as his fingerprints were not on the murder weapon.

    Pat has lost all his marbles. He is now part of the MSM swamp. Iran was invited by the lawful Syrian government to help against US backed ISIS, Al-Qaeda, and many other alphbet soup “moderate” jihadists. Soleimani was trainning Syrian troops and the Hezbollah Resistance group against the US backed terrorists. It were the Americans and Israelis who were killing Syrians and the Iran backed militias with impunity. Pot calling kettle black. The US terrorists calling the defenders terrorists. HaHa! It was well known that Soleimani was overseeing the Syrian operation, so everyone knew that his fingerprints were all over the place just as American fingerprints were on the opposition’s weapons.

    Killing Soleimani was just. But what is just is not always wise.

    Does this mean that as the commander-in-chief of the US forces, killing of Trump will be justified. American forces have been killing by bombs and drones soldiers, wedding parties, hospitals, women, and children. So the person ordering these operations must be killed. This is such a stupid reasoning for killing any body. In the old days only combatants were the legitimate targets.

    Time for Pat to retire and I was such a fan of his.

  19. MEexpert says:

    “The assassination of Soleimani isn’t an Israeli event but an American event. We were not involved and should not be dragged into it,” he said, according to Israeli news outlets.

    Time for Bibi to start wearing brown pants.

  20. @Lol just lol

    I don’t disagree with anything you said about Israel and Jews (as a group). Any questions?

  21. @Colin Wright

    Definitely not too late to say “to hell with both of them.”

    What did I whine about? I merely wrote some things you don’t like which you’ve conveniently decided to characterize as whining. Weak.

    Also, what did I lie about? You said it; now support it.

  22. @Chinaman

    Excellent comment. This was an assassination, a murder.

    Would Buchanan describe it as ‘just’ if a foreign military unit representing, say, the countless victims of US aggression in Iraq or Libya managed to whack a high-ranking member of the US Senate Select Arms Services Committee or the US Joint Chiefs of Staff? Of course not. He (like all of Washington) would denounce this act of retribution as ‘terrorism’. All this preening and posturing is moral exhibitionism. It boils down to this: ‘We’re good. They’re bad’. End of story.

    We exceptional ‘great powers’ get to rig the game by imposing our own self-serving rules while the rest of the humanity must navigate them. Disobey at your own risk.

    Is it any wonder why Zio-Washington is so feared and despised?

    With the help of Israel and our roving MIC, the US has become a rogue superpower–unmoored to ethics, moral consistency or even the rule of law. It’s all about money, influence, and power.

    This is why–in the name of ‘democracy’–Zio-Washington gets to whack entire countries!–and without even having to say ‘Sorry’. We just love freedom and equality so much!

    So, when tens of thousands of Arabs get slaughtered due to faulty US intelligence (See: Iraq War), our (((news media))) calls this appalling mass murder a “foreign policy debacle”. Gee. Bummer. What a terrible waste of money!

    But recall the facts: since 2001, Zio-Washington has annihilated upwards of 1,000,000 people in nations that pose no actual threat to US citizens (though many of these nations do/did pose a threat to Israel). Our victims (direct and indirect) can be found in Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, Palestine, Yemen, Lebanon, Syria and Iran. Meanwhile, Israel remains in unapologetic conquest mode. What a wonderful friendship!

    With this sleazy backdrop in mind, it should be noted that Iran hasn’t aggressively invaded another country in centuries. Gen. Soleimani fought in a defensive army on behalf of an ancient civilization. He was a highly respected commander who also distinguished himself for tactics and bravery on the battlefield during the Iran/Iraq War.

    Historic Iranian non-aggression puts to shame the hegemonic and imperial barbarism that typifies much of Israeli and American conduct over the past seven decades. Despite this, Zio-Washington unconditionally showers race-centered Israel with unending military supplies, diplomatic cover and financial aid.

    How is it that millions of Americans have been completely hoodwinked about Soleimani, Israel, and the Iranian ‘threat’? We can thank our (((objective, glorious and free))) news media for these toxic illusions.

  23. “In Iraq, the war on terrorism is on hold.”

    SB

    In Iraq, the US war of terrorism is on steroids..

  24. Renoman says:

    Sorry Pat, you lost me on this one. What America is doing right now is completely stupid.

  25. Contractor? I expect that most of us are familiar with contractors, we use them to do construction or maintenance work for the most part. Of course Pat really means mercenary but his once great vocabulary is failing him more and more these days. How very sad.

  26. What do the US occupiers expect after they killed Qasem Soleimani in an ISIS-like manner? They weren’t welcomed in 2003, and today they lost any credibility and are hated more than ever. The damage on the international scene is enormous. For the first time, the US has killed an official government official who paid a visit to Iraq. This precedent will haunt further US administrations. Shit happens when the US leadership behaves as Zionist puppets. The US political and media class avoids talking about the elephant in the room: Israel. The footprints of the Mossad are all over the place. To get straight with your so-called ally Israel and everything turns out well.
    https://betweenthelines-ludwigwatzal.com/2020/01/06/netanyahu-hoodwinked-donald-trump-on-iran/

  27. Dumbo says:

    “Killing Soleimani was just.”

    OK. So I assume that killing Trump, Obama, or any American general, directly responsible for the deaths of millions of Middle-Easterners, many of them civilians, is also “just”? Would any American pundit agree with that?

  28. anonymous[245] • Disclaimer says:
    @Chinaman

    Note, too, the conspicuous omission of any mention of the accusation made by the Iraqi PM before Parliament that Mr. Soleimani had been tricked into arriving by President Trump’s feigning a desire for peace negotiations. I just read a lengthy AP article that also whitewashed the fact that the accusation has been made. Even Kunstler had to punt last Friday, and then spend the weekend on the mendacious piece he put up yesterday.

    The (alleged, yet not denied) ruse is so shameful that it can’t even be mentioned. Instead, the American sheeple must be kept in the dark. Rebuttal, if any, is delegated to the “yeah, so what?” knuckledraggers.

  29. Realist says:

    If Baghdad Wants Us Out, Let’s Go!

    Cute…but the Deep State thinks differently…so we will stay.

  30. RUSH: Well, he also lifted sanctions on Soleimani as part of the Iran deal. And it looks like, to me, anyway, that Obama looked and that administration looked at building Iran up as some way stabilizing the region. As though Israel’s not the good guys, as though we’re not the good guys, that Iran needs to be made stronger — this is what they believed — otherwise that whole region is kind of a tinderbox. But the thing that really is true about this is the Middle East has changed in priority. Because of the massive improvements made in domestic energy in the United States, we’re no longer dependent on that region.

    THE PRESIDENT: Right. Well, it’s right, and one of the things that changed… I know you talk about it. If you go back 10 years or eight years or maybe even five years, Israel was the king of the Congress, right? Our Congress protected Israel and fought for Israel. Now you look at the way the Democrats in Congress are treating them, where you have AOC and you have Tlaib and you have Omar, and they are actually, you know, anti-Semitic. They are totally against Israel. The things that they’ve said…

  31. anonymous[245] • Disclaimer says:
    @Christopher Marlowe

    Your first paragraph is sadly correct.

    Your second is laughably naive. The only Establishment criticism of the hit is tactical, not principled, much like Mr. Buchanan’s Rightsizing imperialism.

    Root if you must, but understand that Team Red and Team Blue are kabuki scrimmaging.

  32. Dumbo says:

    Don’t worry, this is just 666-D chess by God-Emperor Trump. By killing Soleimani, he actually wanted Iraqi parliament to pass a resolution to expel American troops, and he couldn’t do that before unilaterally, because, er, something. Also he wanted to avoid a direct confrontation with Iran by starting a direct confrontation with Iran.

    It’s 666-D chess, I tell you! 😀

  33. Rurik says:
    @mark green

    Excellent comment. This was an assassination, a murder.

    Yep

    It boils down to this: ‘We’re good. They’re bad’. End of story.

    Yep, Americans, the ‘exceptional’ people. It’s our ‘goodness’ that ‘justifies’ the slaughter and displacement of millions, and the assassination of inconvenient people who oppose our slaughter of their people. How dare they!

    a rogue superpower–unmoored to ethics, moral consistency or even the rule of law. It’s all about money, influence, and power.

    And, lets not forget that it isn’t the American people who’re benefiting one iota by acting as Israel’s drooling, murderous goon on the world’s stage. The power is 100% wielded by the ((enemy)) of the American people, so not only do Americans get to shovel untold trillion$ into that region thousands of miles away as the roads crumble here at home, they also get to have their young people come back in body bags, or as soulless zombies, having acting as cannon fodder for their worst enemy – Israel.

    It’s the ultimate soul-fuck, to be ordered to murder innocent men, women and children, on behalf or your most deadliest enemy. –

    {Forget 9/11, just the victims of the USS Liberty are thousands of times more Americans than Iran or Iraq has ever killed, let alone murdered in an act of war. So the American Janissaries being ordered to kill and die in Iraq and Iran today, are being expected to kill and die in service to their most deadly and treacherous enemy.

    Is it any wonder they’re ‘snuffing it’ at about 20 per day?}

    Note to the world:

    Drop the US dollar. Do it now!

    Your economy may suffer, but unless the people of this planet leash the drooling fiend, it will never relent. It will toss every scintilla of American blood and treasure onto Moloch’s belly of death and horrors in its insane imperative to dominate in absolute terms, not just the Middle East, but the entire planet.

    And the only thing the zio-fiend hates more than Muslims, is the white American boys going over there to kill and die in exultation of their genocidal enemy.

    Our soldiers are like the Apache scouts that served the U.S. Army as it was wiping out the Apache.

    (though many of these nations do/did pose a threat to Israel).

    Not even.

    Israel is the undisputed military power in the region. If they’d simply respect borders, (or anything really), other than their psychotic, demented megalomaniacal genocidal bloodlust, then the Muslim nations would be willing to come to accommodation with Israel. But Israel is a stone cold fiend. A self-described rabid dog, ‘former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Dayan who said “Israel must be like a mad dog, too dangerous to bother.”

    And yet America serves it in abased servility. Like a slave so submissive that there’s nothing it won’t do to please its master. Sacrifice your own sons to Moloch’s abyss of pure hatred? No problem! Just tell us who to kill next!

    Bankrupt the future of your nation and your children to their enemies for perpetuity?

    Earn the well-deserved hatred of the entire Muslim world and beyond?

    Spill the blood of untold thousands of innocents, terrifying and occupying and menacing people all over the planet?

    Of course! If that’s what our Jewish supremacist masters tell us to do!

    They’re god’s chosen people!

    Who are we to disobey them?!

    We’re America, and we’ll cut your children’s throats (and our own) if that what our zio-enemies tell us to do! And the world better Never Forget that fact, or we’ll say Holocaust!

    With this sleazy backdrop in mind, it should be noted that Iran hasn’t aggressively invaded another country in centuries. Gen. Soleimani fought in a defensive army on behalf of an ancient civilization.

    Yep

    And Buchannan has the rancid nads to call his cowardly murder, ‘just’.

    The Chinaman is right, if murdering Soleimani for defending his nation and people from a murderous goon on the world’s stage, is ‘just’, then that lowers the bar to calling anyone’s murder, ‘just’.

    What’s even more disturbing (and pathetic), is that Pat is writing from the delusional hysteria of a old man who still clings to the America of the Founding Fathers, and ‘apple pie and baseball’, when that America has been dead (((murdered))) for generations now.

    There’s nothing left of it Pat. It’s been rotting on the vine now, and it’s maggot-filled corpse is as black and putrescent as the ((vulture capitalists)) that are feasting on its carcass.

    Drop the US dollar world, and give the ZUS its coup de grace. Now’s the time.

    We can thank our (((objective, glorious and free))) news media for these toxic illusions.

    Please don’t forget to include the politicians, Mark.

    And Donald J. Trump stands heads and shoulders above them all, for pure betrayal of everything he was supposed to stand for.

    Now, (ironically) he joins John McBloodstain in the annals of American perfidy and treason.

    Where he can slither back to Mar a Lago, and immerse himself in debaucheries, thinking that will somehow absolve him of his very special place in history.

    • Replies: @mark green
  34. nickels says:

    Killing Soleimani was just. But what is just is not always wise.

    Pat went off the reservation.
    This murder was neither just nor sane.

  35. @KenH

    Your last paragraph is the same thing I’ve been thinking, KenH. Great minds think alike, I guess (lol). Most of the democrat candidates are pro-Zion as well, but their millennial base is starting to turn against Israel. They must tread carefully.

    So, Netanyahu is not only living on borrow time with Trump (and the GOP), he is also, so I’ve read, likely to be indicted once his long reign as Israel’s PM finally comes to an end. In the meantime who knows how much damage our Bull-in-the-China-shop, American Caesar is capable of.

    • Replies: @NoseytheDuke
  36. @Minnesota Mary

    Well, MM, you can always just go straight to the comments. Many of them are much better written and more incisive than the tired Trump justifications that Pat writes.

  37. A123 says:

    After creating problems in Iraq wouldn’t it be immoral to abandon the Iraqi people?

    — Saddam was a tyrant strong enough to protect his people from Khameni.
    — Mahdi is a weak leader who wants to make Arab Shia subordinate to Persian Shia. The fate of other Iraqis, Arab Sunnis and Kurds, under Persian rule would be even worse.

    It would have been best if Bush never created this problem in the first place. However, there is no way to unmake that decision. At this point the U.S., and therefore Trump, has a moral obligation to protect the Iraqi people until they have the strength to protect themselves from Iranian aggression.

    Every Christian citizen of the U.S. is unhappy with the blank check that Bush wrote. That is a primary drive for the Globalist, NeoConDemocrats being forced back into the DNC where they belong. There will be no equivalent screw-up in Iran.

    PEACE 😇

  38. @Rurik

    Hi Rurik. Well said. Your insights are always illuminating. Thank you for your filling in the blanks.

    • Thanks: Rurik
  39. @Gleimhart Mantooso

    You’re a tool. I’ve never even heard of Al Taqiyya. But the idea you’re spouting is lunacy.

    • Replies: @A123
  40. @Chinaman

    I love Pat Buchanan and dearly wish he had been elected President in the 1990s.

    But you are exactly right.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  41. @mark green

    Your comment is correct. Your moral outrage is just, and I guarantee you that almighty Providence, and the immutable laws of nature and truth, will eventually hold those guilty responsible.

  42. A123 says:
    @John Burns, Gettysburg Partisan

    I’ve never even heard of Al Taqiyya.

    Then let us provide facts for you.

    Taqiyya is the Muslim covenant of deception. It is explained at length here: (1)

    Quran (3:54) – … Allah schemed (against them): and Allah is the best of schemers.” The Arabic word used here for scheme (or plot) is makara, which literally means ‘deceit’. If Allah is supremely deceitful toward unbelievers, then there is little basis for denying that Muslims are allowed to do the same. (See also 8:30 and 10:21)

    Lying to Infidels is explicitly permitted. The most commonly told lie claims that “Islam is a religion of peace.” Clearly untrue as “Islam is a religion of Jihad”, the war against Infidels.

    PEACE 😇
    _______

    (1) http://www.freedompost.org/islam/deception/common-taqiyya-or-islamic-lies-and-deceptions-by-muslims.html

    • Replies: @bluedog
  43. Kathe says:

    Pat,

    You should never write anything on Unz ever again.

    We won’t forget.

  44. Vaterland says:

    Killing Soleimani was just.

    The USA and its “allies” created ISIS, then murders the man who was instrumental in its defeat in a mafia style plot and Buchanan calls it justice. I am speechless.

    Yet, his killing restores Trump’s credibility as a Jacksonian who avoids wars but who, wounded, will stab the enemy who cut him

    Yes, yes, Trump the angel of peace indeed. And are we supposed to ignore that it his Zionist donors who are clearly the ones who control the presidency?

    Literally the only people who love this take are hasbara trolls and Zionist chickenhawks. Tiny, pathetic non-men who enjoy sadistically the suffering they are to cowardly to inflict themselves as others bleed and die for them? And now even the best of Americans, like Buchanan, are hopelessly lost in narratives, formulated by Imperialism. Deeply disappointing.

    Europe had the Iran situation under control with diplomacy and the nuclear deal. And the USA ruins it all and brings yet more war, as planned for years by its PNAC virus.

    There is only one option left for Europe: distance itself from the United States as quickly as possible and guard itself against its aggression. The United States has become a mad man completely out of control, an evil empire; it has become the Soviet Union of our times. In the last decades there has come nothing out of the United States but war, death, even actions bordering genocide (Iraqi Sanctions in the oil for food program); hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians butchered in Libya, Syria, Iraq. One of the least dysfunctional nations in Africa under Muammar Gaddafi turned into a Al-Quaeda dominated nightmare of civil war, slave markets and terrorism. It uses proxies like ISIS to fight its wars in forms of evil and medieval savagery not seen in ages, just as it had used the Taliban before. Its allies are wicked and mad, barbaric and corrupt to the core; in fact the actual sponsors of global terrorism: Saudi Arabia, Qatar and, yes, Israel.

    Its hypocrisy is beyond belief: it accuses, often falsely, other state actors in meddling in its affairs, as it destroys entire nations and leaves scorched earth and corpses and creates tens of millions of refugees. It uses the false pretense of human rights engagements and alleged violations of international law to justify state coups and invasions. As it builds up its own police and surveillance state, censors and persecutes the political opposition and enables political prisoners in its client states, my own country as a prominent example, and systematically spies on them, sharing all information with Israel, it accuses other states of a lack of “democracy”. Its lead by the wicked and cynical like John Bolton, or the repulsive like Mike Pompeo, who is part state criminal and part religious lunatic, a cultural barbarian who makes the leadership of Iran look civilized and sophisticated.

    And it brought war to Europe. Twice. Against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and ongoing in Ukraine. The only message to Europe by its neocon PNAC types? “Fuck the EU!” I really hope the European politicians finally wake up. Enough is enough.

    Right now America is feared and hated, but remember: so was the Soviet Union. It, too, was a global military superpower, armed to the teeth with nuclear weapons. And yet it imploded practically over night, the climax being the democratic revolution in my own country and the smashing of the Berlin Wall. This, too, can happen to the US Empire. And if it continues to act the way it did in the last decades, it will.

    Unbelievable.

    • Agree: Hail
    • Replies: @Rurik
    , @L.K
  45. @follyofwar

    The evil that men do lives after them, the good is oft interred with their bones. Shakespeare

  46. nymom says:

    Like you I was hoping we would just leave.

    Unfortunately Breitbart has just updated their story and now Iraq has changed their mind and want us to remain…

    The morale is: In the future, leave immediately after the vote before they have time to change their minds…

    We should have build the embassy/base on wheels just to drive it right out with us as we departed…

    Another lost opportunity.

  47. bluedog says:
    @A123

    Strange for I’ve read the same about the jew’s that it was the proper thing for jews to lie to non- jews that was alright for jews to kill non-jews,now shove your facts where the sun don;t shine your a jew and deceiver of all men,your endless post deceives no one except yourself.!!

  48. anonymous[245] • Disclaimer says:
    @John Burns, Gettysburg Partisan

    Is there anyone around here who not paid to do so who still fails to see the mendacity of Mr. Buchanan?

    As posted under his December 31 piece:

    “This columnist is approaching piñata status on The Unz Review. My 2020 prediction is that he’ll join Engelhardt, Lang, and Napolitano down there among the Archived.”

    • Replies: @Ozymandias
  49. @FN

    Regarding the “contractor” who was killed: Why has there still been no name released to identify the man? Was he really even an American? Can we even be sure the dead contractor ever existed? No evidence has been provided for any of this. They couldn’t be lying to us about him, could they?

    • Replies: @Hail
  50. @JimDandy

    This is the Jewish translation of “I dindu nuffin’!”

    • LOL: JimDandy
  51. @Chinaman

    Scaring Netanyahu would be just. Shoot some missiles at him. LOL.

  52. @mark green

    Soleimani surely has blood on his hands, but so do Bush, Obama, Hillary, Trump, US deep state, CIA, Mossad agents, and etc. So, following Buchanan’s logic, it’d be just to blow them all up.

    But of course Buchanan doesn’t mean that. It’s Buchanan’s habit of mind. “My country, right or wrong.” During the Cold War, he defended all sorts of US actions because it was by ‘our guys’.
    Well, given the nature of Cold War, it sort of made sense.

    It no longer does. US is now just a bully and thug in the Middle East and has no moral cred to be judging anyone. The church in the US capitol flies the homo flag. Does Iran do that? No. Buchanan the Catholic should know that the US has indeed turned into the Great Satan.

    In 92, Buchanan called America ‘God’s Country’. It is now ‘Satan’s Country’. Though irreligious myself and an atheist, when I see so many churches with ‘gay’ flags and see this great religion thus desecrated, it is wow just wow. How did this happen?

    And a man who stood for the Church and burned a homo flag now faces 14 yrs in jail. US is a globo-homo theocracy. Buchanan should no longer be speaking for Satan’s Country.

  53. Hail says: • Website
    @KenH

    Agree, though of course it’s rather more nuanced than some kind of direct line of control from Tel Aviv to the West Wing of the White House. Their methods of influence and control are more diffuse.

    • Replies: @KenH
  54. ‘Regarding the “contractor” who was killed: Why has there still been no name released to identify the man? Was he really even an American? Can we even be sure the dead contractor ever existed? No evidence has been provided for any of this. They couldn’t be lying to us about him, could they?’

    I did propose a tomb to the Unknown Contractor.

    • LOL: lavoisier
  55. Hail says: • Website
    @Buck Ransom

    Regarding the “contractor” who was killed: Why has there still been no name released to identify the man?

    Very good question.

    Was he really even an American?

    He was not.

    His name has just been released: Nawres Hamid, an Iraqi Arab.

    Mr. Hamid may have been awarded a cheap-citizenship for services rendered to the empire, but an American he was not.

    Contractor whose death Trump cites was a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Iraq (Wash. Post; Jan. 7, 2019)

    An American [sic] defense contractor whose death late last month was cited by President Trump amid escalating violence with Iran was identified Tuesday as an interpreter who was born in Iraq and lived in Sacramento.

    Nawres Hamid, 33, became a naturalized citizen in 2017, according to his widow. […]

  56. @The Alarmist

    Poor Pat Buchanan believes in American exceptionalism.

    He’s a warmonger.

  57. barr says:

    May be Mr Sailer should write something about this interesting reversal of Trump’s original doctrine or talking points of MAGA . He – Trump along with Fox have railed against failed immigration policy that allows criminals to stay and commit murders and rapes .
    Now Trump has entered into possible war over the life of a contractor of foreign origin .He has undermined economic interests of USA. He has endangered American life including possibly of his own family,y members .
    Why did he agree ?
    How will this news be processed by anti immigrant Trump supporters?

    How does media reconcile its patriotism with the fact that it has sided with Trumps over refusal to the entry to US of other translators from Iraq and Kabul despite their lives being seriously at risk ?

    Truth and American dreams both are being bent to suit sectarian agenda , that we fear and harbor in defense in Pentagon and in the garrison state of Israel.

    It is a war of choice . They don’t end well.

  58. “Assuming that because Trump did not want war, he would recoil from a fight, Soleimani believed he could kill Americans with impunity, as long as his fingerprints were not on the murder weapon.

    Killing Soleimani was just. But what is just is not always wise.”

    Pat, please seek help before you snap and kill us all.

  59. Washington and Tehran say they do not want war: yet appear to be on course for one. Furthermore, they do not know where this war will take them or control its outcome. A regional conflict can have international complications. There are too many Big Powers rivalries in the Middle East. History shows that when global powers clash over local issues the result is global war.
    https://www.ghostsofhistory.wordpress.com/

  60. The twunts who sucked us into the wars with zero intentions of winning them are the only victors.

  61. @KenH

    Bibi said the airstrike was all Trump, a claim as believable as a marionette springing to life on its own.

  62. Rurik says:
    @Vaterland

    Yet, his killing restores Trump’s credibility as a Jacksonian who avoids wars but who, wounded, will stab the enemy who cut him

    Isn’t that quote amazing?

    Jacksonian, eh?

    I wonder what Andrew Jackson would think of the Trump administration, with a Goldman (once Goldman, always Goldman) Sachs banker at the helm of the U.S. Treasury?

    When Obama didn’t sufficiently betray America to its enemy Israel, Bibi marched into the congressional chamber to arrogantly and imperiously humiliate the president of the United States, from inside his own capital, and to make demands upon the congress that they’re expected to serve as the vassals to Israel, that they all are.. or else.

    All Trump has turned out to be is a perfect quisling and puppet, so that Bibi doesn’t have to fly to DC to hector his stooges anymore, since his puppet Trump, will dutifully and obediently stand in as his proxy.

    And Buchannan calls that ‘Jacksonian’?!

    Pat should be glad that Old Hickory is in his grave, or I wonder if a duel wouldn’t be in order.

    One of my favorite anecdotes about Jackson, was how as a teenager, Jackson refused to clean a British officer’s boots, and suffered a sabre cut to his face and hand as a result, carrying with him those scars (and a proper hatred for the British) for the rest of his life.

    Contrast that with Trump, who not only would be willing to clean Bibi’s boots, but would, for all practical purposes, get down on his hands and knees, and lick them clean.

    • Agree: turtle, RVBlake
    • Replies: @turtle
    , @Curmudgeon
  63. @anonymous

    “This columnist is approaching piñata status on The Unz Review.”

    Moderation is nonexistent here. Every screaming lunatic, that can’t get their comments approved elsewhere, gravitates here where there is no bar for entry. Makes them feel clever, I guess.

    It’s a setup for failure. The place needs a moderator, Ron.

    • Troll: Twodees Partain
    • Replies: @A123
  64. turtle says:
    @Rurik

    We have already been treated to a photo of L’il Donnie on his knees, wearing a Jewish beanie and kissing a Jewish shrine in the “State of Israel,” while two U.S. Marines in dress blues salute, as ordered.
    Traitor to the U.S. is too mild a term to describe this POS.
    And to think I voted for him, last time around…makes me ill.

    • Replies: @Rurik
  65. Amon says:

    Trump wants no war with Iran.

    Yeah, NO! Trump has been utterly crystal clear in his intent to throw down with Iran from the moment he announced he was running for president. Only reason bombs are not raining down over Tehran is that it’s election year and Trump needs the right wing anti war voters on his side to win.

    Soleimani believed he could kill Americans with impunity, as long as his fingerprints were not on the murder weapon.

    Ronald Reagan believed he could kill Iranians, Iraqis, Russians and Afghans with impunity, as long as his fingerprints were not on the murder weapon.

    George H. W. Bush believed he could kill Panamanians and Iraqis with impunity, as long as his fingerprints were not on the murder weapon.

    Bill Clinton believed he could kill Iraqis and Serbians with impunity, as long as his fingerprints were not on the murder weapon.

    George W. Bush believed he could kill Afghans and Iraqis with impunity, as long as his fingerprints were not on the murder weapon.

    Obama believed he could kill Russians, Libyans and Syrians with impunity, as long as his fingerprints were not on the murder weapon.

    Trump believes he can kill Syrians, Afghans, Iraqis, Chinese, Palestinians, Venezuelans, Brazilians, North Koreans, Kurds and many many more with impunity and then brag about it on twitter because he is that just that crazy.

    There is something fundamentally wrong with a political leader of a nation when he brags online about not only ordering a hit on someone else, but also about how beautiful it was to see.

    Killing Soleimani was just.

    No, it was not. It was a cowards murder of a political envoy summoned to a peace talk by the very people who shot him in the back using a drone manned by a video game warrior sitting in a warm office with hot coffee on tap. Of course no one gives a damn about the collateral damage(human lives) that comes with bombing a public airport.

    This would be like Iran firing missiles at JFK airport to take out John Bolton with the excuse that he has been behind the death of millions of muslims and were even at that point planning to kill millions more.

    • Agree: NoseytheDuke
    • Replies: @dfordoom
  66. Jews try to topple the Iranian regime and Trump administration, but instead of Trump siding with Iran against Jews, he cucks to Jews even harder.

    Oy vey.

  67. A123 says:
    @Ozymandias

    Moderation is nonexistent here.

    There are functions you can use to screen out truly useless posters. See instructions here:

    https://www.unz.com/announcement/open-threads-and-other-commenting-changes/

    Personally, I find the wacky posters very funny. I get to laugh at the frothing at the mouth loons, who are raging over the fact that:

    — Trump has Won in the past.
    —- Trump is currently Winning.
    —— Trump will continue to Win.

    The contortions that posters are willing to go through to avoid this objective truth is quite hilarious.

    PEACE 😇

  68. Killing Qassim Solameni was just? That’s exactly why americans are hated. A man fights against his enemies and oppressors and is brave and open and your president fakes an excuse to get him to Iraq and in a cowardly despicable way murders him. Buchanan, your veneer of decency is wearing thin. You think the cloak of exceptionalism you wear is invisible but its very visible. Fuck off

  69. Rurik says:
    @turtle

    And to think I voted for him, last time around…makes me ill.

    Please don’t feel that way Turtle, especially when you consider what the alternative was

    just let the last few seconds of this video remind you of the bullet we all dodged

    and then imagine that giggly, cackling hag – hectoring us all from every computer and TV screen out there. Giggling and cackling over murdered people at every opportunity.

    Yes, Trump has betrayed us all, and serves the fiend. But try as he might, he’s still not as viscerally execrable as the gorgon war hag.

    Nor, is he as bad as Pence would be. Pence is just another Mitt, Marco, Lindsey, McBloodstain, Pompeo, Bolton – abased whore of zion, like the rest of them. Terrifying, really.

    So, for all of Trump’s egregious treasons and betrayals, he’s still (not having started a hot war with Iran yet…) better than most, would have been.

    When he starts the hot war with Iran, (or Russia or China, etc..), then I’ll consider him as bad as the rest of them.

    Rand / Tulsi in 2020!

    • Replies: @turtle
  70. turtle says:
    @Rurik

    consider what the alternative was

    No shit, Sherlock, and thanks for the reminder.

    Rand / Tulsi in 2020!

    Amen to that. Yeah, buddy.

  71. @FN

    Is there actually any proof Kataib Hezbollah was behind these attacks?

    Proof????? We don’t need no stinkin’ proof. If we want proof, Bibi will give it to us.
    USA! USA! USA!

  72. @JimDandy

    The key word is “event”. What Nutty-yahoo is saying is we helped plan it, but didn’t actually do the assassination.

  73. @Rurik

    All Trump has turned out to be is a perfect quisling and puppet

    Trump is nothing like Vidkun Quisling, who tried to make the best of a bad situation. Quisling’s name has been sullied, because he refused to gloss over the fact that the UK was mining neutral Norway’s harbours to stop iron ore from being sent to Germany. He also failed to cheer on their failed attempt to invade neutral Norway, the reason Germany was there in the first place.
    Trump openly supports the criminal state of Israel, and its control over the US government. That is an impeachable offense. You could only hope Trump was half the man Quisling was.

    • Agree: Rurik
    • Replies: @mark green
  74. KenH says:
    @Hail

    Their methods of influence and control are more diffuse.

    Under Trump the message goes from Bibi to Sheldon Adelson to Trump. And for all the diffuse means and methods isn’t it ironic that every pro-Israel lobbying organization is always on the exact same page as the Likud party?

  75. dfordoom says: • Website
    @Amon

    Only reason bombs are not raining down over Tehran is that it’s election year and Trump needs the right wing anti war voters on his side to win.

    How many right wing anti war voters are there in the real world? Bear in mind that Unz Review is not the real world. I have a terrible suspicion that on the Right as a whole the warmongers vastly outnumber the antiwar crowd. Also bear in mind that the alt-right only ever represented a tiny sliver of Trump’s base.

    Most right-wingers are almost orgasmic with delight at the thought of slaughtering lots of bad foreigners (bad foreigners being defined as any foreigners who are not rabidly pro-American).

    • Replies: @Amon
  76. @Curmudgeon

    Trump is nothing like Vidkun Quisling, who tried to make the best of a bad situation. Quisling’s name has been sullied, because he refused to gloss over the fact that the UK was mining neutral Norway’s harbours to stop iron ore from being sent to Germany.

    Thank you for filling us in on that important historical detail. Like most Americans, I know little about this disgraced, eponymous figure. Thank you for adding a nuanced perspective.

    PS- It should come as no surprise that Quisling gets this kind of modern, hyper-politicized treatment. In fact, it’s entirely consistent with Zio-America’s scripted, ‘post-Holocaust’ worldview.

    Black/white thinking is how we Americans are trained to think politically and cast our moral judgements. (Good guys vs. ‘terrorists’). Moral ambiguity is anathema to politically-correct analysis. Thus, the ‘Good War’ and other dubious lessons of history.

    Evil today is invariably tied to Hitler and and his gas-chamber-building co-conspirators. Light, goodness and virtue, on the other hand, is epitomized by Ann Frank and her downtrodden clan of blameless survivors. These laughable distortions are the moral lens through which we Americans are supposed to view the world and affix our sympathies. It is a kosher fabrication.

    • Agree: Rurik, turtle
  77. L.K says:
    @Vaterland

    The USA and its “allies” created ISIS, then murders the man who was instrumental in its defeat in a mafia style plot and Buchanan calls it justice. I am speechless.

    Indeed.
    Truth is, this Buchanan guy has been revealing himself in the course of many of his late articles to be just another lying US american “exceptionalist” A-hole.

    The man has completely destroyed his credibility.

    This ridiculous piece, laced as it is with LIES and DISINFO, is the final nail in Buchanan’s coffin for me. To hell with him.

    • Replies: @Twodees Partain
  78. Amon says:
    @dfordoom

    How many right wing anti war voters are there in the real world?

    My personal guess is a lot, you just don’t get to see them a lot since they get accused of being commies when they object to foreign wars or thinks rebuilding the nation is more important than taking on some foreign nation.

    But lets be honest, there doesn’t have to be that many of them. If there are just enough for them to become swing votes then Trump has to court them. Same way he has to get down on his knees to court the black vote, the latino vote, the female vote and so on.

    When only 1/4 of the nations entire population that can vote could be convinced to vote republican doing the last election, every vote counts.

    • Replies: @dfordoom
  79. L.K says:

    Apparently one cannot take a few vacation days, as I have, without being confronted upon return with yet another horrible crime committed by either the American bandits or the Israeli bandits.

    A mobster style murder of a key official from a country not at war with the US, at the same time yet AGAIN raping Iraq’s sovereignty while committing the crime, is a new low even for the crazed ZUSA.

    Heck, but we got Buchanan to tell us about how “just” it all was.

    BTW, EVERY damned US soldier that died and that will die in Iraq and elsewhere in the region is exclusively the FAULT of the US regimes and its puppet masters who sent them there, not of any Iraqi insurgent or whoever.
    Get a bloody clue, Buchanan.

  80. L.K says:

    Lies About Iran Killing US Troops in Iraq Are a Ploy to Justify War
    BY Gareth Porter, July 9, 2019

    One of the many myths that have been used to justify the push for war with Iran led by National Security Adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is that Tehran is responsible for the killing of more than 600 U.S. troops during the Iraq War. …

    https://truthout.org/articles/lies-about-iran-killing-us-troops-in-iraq-are-a-ploy-to-justify-war/

  81. dfordoom says: • Website
    @Amon

    But lets be honest, there doesn’t have to be that many of them. If there are just enough for them to become swing votes then Trump has to court them.

    But if 10% of the Right is antiwar and 90% of the Right is rabidly pro-war then Trump is going to court the pro-war mouth-breathers.

  82. @KenH

    I think you are right. He doesn’t want to end up like Paul Craig Roberts, who even got banned from Antiwar Radio after deciding that 9/11 was an inside job.

  83. I agree more with Giraldi on that matter but one should reads carefully P. Buchanan ‘s piece. He said the murder of Soleimani is just but what is just is not always wise. He makes clear too that the american presence in Irak is bad in itself. Quite different from “talmudic neocons”. Also, the assasination seems to be a reaction from Trump probably under the pressure of his military intelligence advisors in the “situation room”. Who what happened really ? They lie so much… But maybe this time americans where really killed. He was forced to react…Had he not , treason in the GOP looming ? (impeachement)… Still, the assasination is not “just”and Iran is the persecuted nation with hundreds of deaths due to american or israelis (embargo, terror, orchestrated protest, strike in syria against hezbolla.. But Buchanan remains a good commentator, with a distinctive classic style. Talmudic neocon ? I don’t think… Feels more like old school patriotism. He’s not a young wolf looking for carrer advancement trying to please the zionist billonaires.

  84. bjondo says:

    PB, use your influence with Pres Trump
    and recommend he have tossed Pompeo (and Esper)

    out their respective doors (or off roofs).
    And
    clean house at the NSC.

    Guantanamo is there to be used for American traitors.

    Pres Trump deftly with Iran’s help
    skipped a war in the ME.

    Now, wage major war in DC.

    5ds

  85. @L.K

    In his dotage, Pat has become totally dependent on TV news for his info. In his ’50s, he was a pretty sharp analyst.

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