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Once upon a time there was a Constitution of the United States. In Article II, Section 2 it stipulated that only the U.S. Congress has the power to declare war, which means the American president has to go to the legislative body and make a case for going to war against an enemy or enemies. If there is a vote in favor of war, the president is empowered as commander-in-chief to direct the available resources against the enemy.

There is also something called international law. Under international law there are situations in which a head of state or head of government can use military force defensively or even preemptively if there is a substantial threat that is imminent. But normally, a country has to go through a procedure similar to that in the U.S. Constitution, which means making a case that the war is justified before declaring war. The Nuremberg Tribunals ruled that starting a war of aggression is the ultimate crime.

The president has already declared that he needs no approval from Congress or from anyone else to initiate further military operations against Iran in the Middle East, even if the action taken is “disproportionate.” Meanwhile he, the State Department and the Pentagon are all stating, without presenting any evidence at all to the public, that Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani was planning attacks that would kill “hundreds of Americans” as a casus belli justifying his assassination. The White House is also asserting that the killing was done to “stop a war,” which makes no sense even coming from the addled tweet-conditioned brain of Donald J. Trump. And if one still harbors suspicions that Trump might actually be of sound mind, it is possible to listen to him on the day after the assassination while speaking to a gathering of his supporters at an evangelical church in Florida. He told the cheering crowd that “God is on our side” and that Soleimani “…was planning a very major attack, and we got him.” The audience went wild in approval, chanting “four more years.”

Such chest beating moments of pretend strong leadership coming from president bone spurs as well as similar justifications for an assassination that will be surfacing over the next few days simply do not pass the smell test. Take the window dressing away from the Pentagon and media propaganda and all one has left is that the United States illegally and openly killed a senior official from a country with which it is not at war and did so without the consent of the third country where the assassination took place with which the U.S. is also not at war. The assassination was not in reality based on any imminent threat and is therefore illegal under international law and is undeniably an unconstitutional act of war directed against both Iran and Iraq.

What is particularly bizarre about Trump-think on this issue is that the assassination was carried out right in the open in a country with which the United States has had of late a friendly relationship and which allows American soldiers to be based on its soil. Judging from the crowds of protesters gathered in Baghdad to protest the killing, that somewhat comfortable arrangement is about to end. And it will also end American involvement in neighboring Syria, which will be unsustainable without a presence in Iraq. That is the only good news to come out of the assassination.

To be sure nations at war will try and sometimes succeed to assassinate enemy leaders, and the intelligence services of various countries also have been known to kill foreign politicians who are considered to be threatening. America’s best friend Israel leads the world in that statistic. But spy agencies work their mischief on a basis of plausible denial, which means that the countries that carry out assassinations make every effort to obscure their role and permit deniability.

The difference in what the White House has done now is that another page has been turned in the process of the United States going completely rogue. It all started when George W. Bush warned that “you’re either with us or against us.” Barack Obama subsequently labored over his Tuesday morning kill lists, which included American citizens, and the Trump White House has now expanded that license, asserting that it can act with complete impunity and out in the open to kill anyone at any time anywhere without due process or any actual demonstrated cause or accountability.

Donald Trump should be aware that there is considerable downside to the tiger than he has let out of its cage. What will he do if “enemies” all over the world decide to copy the Trump example and kill American diplomats, soldiers and tourists because they oppose U.S. policies. And what about if they up the ante a little bit and kill senior Ambassadors, Congressmen, and even succeed in killing a presidential cabinet member or two. Trump in his foolishness has invited reciprocity and has even granted those who do the killing a certain immunity if they are claiming that they are doing it to stop something worse, i.e. war.

Finally, if the target of the assassination had been anyone but an Iranian, Israel’s enemy, one can count on there being hell to pay with Congress and the media over Trump’s having gone completely off the rails. Assassinating a foreign leader as a new United States government policy has to be an impeachable offense. Forget about obstruction of justice and collusion with foreigners: assassination is the real deal and if it does not constitute a high crime, it is hard for one to imagine what does. By all means let’s impeach Trump based on what he has actually done, not on speculation over what he might have connived at.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has repeatedly justified the U.S. “extreme pressure” directed against Tehran, demanding that Islamic Republic take steps to become a “normal country.” The real question should be, “When will the United States of America become normal?”

Dr. Philip Giraldi is Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest.

(Republished from Strategic Culture Foundation by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. Paul says:

    It is interesting that resistance to American occupation is being called “terrorism.” The right to resist occupation is recognized under international law. The U.S. did not object to Europeans who resisted occupation by the Germans during World War II.

    The hypocrisy is breathtaking!

  2. Paul says:

    President Bone Spurs talks a good fight as long as somebody else is doing the fighting. He will hold your coat.

  3. Lot says:

    Geez Phil, calling Trump “addled?” He just took out an American-killing enemy commander and then let them prove the weakness of their air defense and Russian-made weaponry.

    Sometimes honor requires you to admit someone you don’t like did the right thing and the USA came out ahead.

    And if we end up leaving Iraq because of this, even better!

  4. Paul says:
    @Lot

    Is Commander-in-Chief Donald Trump fair game?

    • Replies: @Paul
  5. Paul says:
    @Paul

    Assassinating political leaders is a dangerous game.

  6. El Dato says:
    @Lot

    He just took out an American-killing enemy commander and then let them prove the weakness of their air defense and Russian-made weaponry.

    That’s Hollywood levels of retarded: Actions need no justification to others or even to oneself, no thinking ahead, no legal backing and have no consequences, except maybe a cliffhanger, and will eventually lead to someone getting the girl. Brute force and criminal energy is all that counts.

    Nazis found out the hard way that amazingly, this is not so.

    Boobus americanus-jewicus eventually will too.

  7. I agree with the tenor of this article. By ordering the Soleimani liquidation, Trump has marked himself off as a major war criminal, which follows the pattern set by recent presidents, Bush, by conducting aggressive war against Iraq and Obama by doing the same against Khaddafi. Convincing evidence indicates that Clinton may of set this pattern by his efforts against Yugoslavia, which followed the pattern instituted by Bush Pere in his illegal war to overthrow Panama and questionable actions in Iraq.

    As for the present situation, this is, indeed, the real impeachable offense. The absurd charges preferred earlier by Pelosi’s House faction do not stand up to serious examination. How could “attempting to influence the Ukraine” to pursue realistic, largely proven corruption charges against Biden and son be considered “abuse of power” when the Obama regime earlier indulged in the overthrow of the Ukrainian government and the creation of the puppet regime Trump was dealing with?

    War crimes are the ultimate abuse of power. It is interesting to note how brazen things have become. When in 1960 the US imperium liquidated Patrice Lumumba, the Congolese head of state they tried to keep it quiet. Now it is open and notorious. Not even Stalin or Hitler assassinated key political figures of states they officially had declared war against. Soleimani, in effect, was the leading general and acted as a sort of war minister for the Iranian government. His liquidation, as indicated by the article, is a serious, perhaps unprecedented breach of international law and its perpetrators can therefore be described as acting beyond any concept of legality with all that entails.

    • Replies: @Pontius
  8. Anyone could have told you way back in 2015 that Trump was running at the behest of Likud. Trump spent the entire Obama administration spreading Israeli propaganda like Obama’s birth certificate and the Iran deal. Trump Jr. said his father decided to run to overturn the Iran deal.

    All the talk about immigration was just to sucker the rubes.

    One good thing is that the Jewish Fifth Column in America is being exposed to everyone because Trump can’t keep his mouth shut. Even the “normies” know Trump is doing this for the foreign state of Israel. Trump keeps saying, “hey Jews you should vote for me because I’m so pro-Israel!”

    Thus, proving to everyone that Jews do in fact have “dual loyalty.”

  9. Ko says:

    No one complained when Obama used a “kill list” and even killed Americans. Why are people complaining now? Anyway, America is finished. We have a new country today, we simply need a new name.

    • Replies: @Authenticjazzman
  10. If ‘Murka kills any foreign leader it feels like, how long will it be before assassination is its preferred method of choosing the President? Believe this became a popular rule of succession in the Roman Empire.

  11. renfro says:

    Americans should take up assassinations as a political tool and get rid of some politicians and the Israel Fifth Column.

    Actually assassinations or full out revolution are about the only two options left to the people.
    Voting doesnt work and I have my doubts there are enough non partisan and non deplorables to elect a decent president even if one was available.

  12. Sean says:

    Could Dr Giraldi give us an idea of what he thinks the US ought to do about the Middle East?

  13. babble about “law” all U want. Fact is,

    Zion-stooge Drumpf beheaded Iran’s military

    with one quick, instinctive stroke. Iran

    then revealed itself as abysmally incompetent on offense and

    tragically so on defense.

    It’s all cat playing with mouse now…and eventually ZOG

    will administer a deathbite. BTW, the guy standing @ right

    with the deer-in-headlights look is Soleimani’s replacement.

    • Replies: @Curmudgeon
  14. Vaterland says:

    The Nuremberg Tribunals ruled that starting a war of aggression is the ultimate crime.

    Ah yes, the good old Nuremberg Trials. As much as a Stalinist show trial as those the Nuremberg Soviet judge himself oversaw. But the ‘war of aggression’ charge was already back then invented and implemented as a self-conscious form of lawfare; as were ‘crimes against humanity’. And to this day the USA applies it selectively as such. Saddam can be accused of it, for touching Kuwait. But the USA cannot and will never be accused of it. Certainly not for invading Iraq itself. International law is a nice to have facade for the West, but it’s not for America, which ultimately lays the foundation for the global hegemony of the west. Beyond the US Empire there is no great harmony awaiting us.

    But with the Empire unmasked, many realize this emperor has no clothes.

    And it does betray a guilty conscience: Iraq One was an all guns blazing war fest. Iraq 2/Afghanistan at least pretended to be willing to build international support and rational justification for the show; already transcending to mercenary armies, especially after Abu Ghraib. In Syria the USA and its greatest allies went to Al-Nusra and ISIS as its proxies…and now we are at mafia style hit jobs. The US empire has to hide its war efforts, because it cannot fight them openly anymore, for nobody still believes that the USA was a moral and peaceful hegemon or light onto the nations. The bully, oppressor and killer acts as expected. Although it should have been obvious from the start that the neocons would end a harmful failure: ‘wars for liberalism, open society and democracy’ are a contradiction on principle. It’s too easy to see them for what they truly are.

    The US Empire itself is a contradiction, with and without the lobby. Not least, because the Western hegemony did rest on the supremacy of the white man over a global non-white majority, but its rejection of race, folk made it exactly what it is. A terror state of shock and awe in the name of international law and human rights; a democracy that replaces its own demos; a nation that rejects the folk; a set of failed ideals malleable by a corrupt, necessarily nihilistic elite centered around money and production/consumption units.

    There is no future for America and there is no future for the West. But it doesn’t mean that what comes after will be peaceful and harmonious. On the contrary.

    • Replies: @Zumbuddi
  15. anon[250] • Disclaimer says:
    @Lot

    “He just took out an American-killing enemy commander and then let them prove the weakness of their air defense and Russian-made weaponry.”

    Grasping at straws.

    1) We never invaded their airspace, so no comment on the technical aspect of Iranian air defenses was made aside from their training. Even in that regard, our own government has shot down at least two passenger airliners since 1980 by “mistake”, or at least that’s what they claim. I don’t think you’d claim American air defenses are weak. Further, Iranian missiles proved far more accurate than many had been led to believe. They were able to target and destroy individual buildings within 10 – 20 meters. Pretty good.

    I wouldn’t call that ineffectual. American bases will be targeted and damaged by Iranian salvos in any conflict. If anything, the U.S. showed their weakness. Their air defenses, even with one hour prior notice, couldn’t take down all of the Iranian missiles, most of which are primitive by Western standards. But don’t worry. Lockheed will get another bazzillion dollar contract to fix that, I’m sure.

    2) “took out an American-killing enemy commander”

    Also known as an act of war. Sure, hundreds or even thousands of Americans could have been killed in response (far more than whatever he’s accused of) … but it’s not like any Israelis would have been killed. And as another commenter already pointed out, the vast majority of American causalities in Iraq attributed to Soleimani were actually caused by David Petraeus’s foolish targeting of Muqtada al-Sadr’s militia during the now infamous “surge”. Even the claim of Iranian IEDs in Iraq has been questioned. Regardless, there would have been no American causalities had the U.S. not illegally invaded Iraq in the first place, and there would have been far fewer causalities under a competent American president.

    Oh, and there’s the fact that the U.S. supported mass murder Saddam Hussein in the Iran-Iraq War. Resultant Iranian causalities vastly exceed anything Soleimani was accused of.

    Sometimes honor requires you to admit someone you don’t like did the right thing and the USA came out ahead.

    We didn’t. The potential for conflict is now escalated. The Iranian who was killed was also restraining local Shiite militias. Now that he’s out of the way, it’s not certain the Iranians might not lose control over the coming months, resulting in sporadic attacks and American casualties. Donald Trump also destroyed whatever chance he had of getting re-elected. This incident will be a major issue during the 2020 campaign with the democrat, not without merit, claiming that a vote for Trump is a vote for Iraq 2.0.

    The Iranians are the clear victors here: one killed officer in exchange for strengthening the Iranian government in the face of rising protests, ruining Donald Trump, destroying America’s international reputation by their refusal to leave Iraq, and embarrassing the great superpower through bombing their base — which the U.S. was apparently unable to stop even with prior warning. It’s a good trade, IMHO.

    And if we end up leaving Iraq because of this, even better!

    We aren’t. Lay off the Qanon, please. This was no 4-D chess move to get U.S. troops out of Iraq. Pompeo just announced that we’re staying in Iraq against the decision of the democratically-elected government of that country — the parliament and prime minister. Our international reputation has been severely damaged as a result. There is no doubt we are now an illegal occupying power. The world will believe that a malevolent conquering power has arrived on the world stage; other countries will slowly adjust to this new reality. This will be to our detriment, and all because a handful of Israeli warmongers put a foreign country’s interest above American interests.

    As Anatoly Karlin commented recently (paraphrasing), one of the major problems with the right these days is its lack of human capital. The posts of Lot, Valley Forge Warrior, and A123 demonstrate this fact. Although, in fairness, at least two out of three of those posters aren’t even American; at least one, and probably two, are Hasbara, so there’s that at least.

  16. @Lot

    How’s the weather in Tel Aviv?

  17. @Haxo Angmark

    Are you and Lot room mates in Tel Aviv?

    The Iranians gave the US 3 hours notice of the attacks. No incoming missiles were intercepted, and there was damage to stores. The Iranians hijacked a US drone several years ago. The US still hasn’t figured out how.
    The Iranians are descendants of the people that invented mathematics and writing, codified laws, and built great cities while the rest of the world were picking berries and chasing game for food. The Iranians, Iraqis, and Afghans measure time in centuries, rather than the ADD-like (((Western liberal democracies))). They are in it for the long term, and plan accordingly.

  18. The U.S. has no inherent right to unilaterally attack any country. Under the original Constitution, Congress had the power to declare war any time its members chose, but this power was surrendered in the acceptance of the Kellogg-Briand Pact of 1928. Ratified by the U.S. Senate by an 85-1 vote, it bans without exception all acts of military aggression and remains in force as international and United States law.

    The U.S. Senate also approved the United Nations charter in 1945, giving it too the force of American law. The Charter states: “All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations.”

    The Charter does not make exceptions for the principal arguments made today in favor of aggression: punishment, preemption, deterrence, and the most insidious, so-called “humanitarian” intervention.

    Acts of war, it strikes me, from having studied the history of warfare, are akin to waking a sleeping dragon. War declared takes on a life of its own, flies free of human control almost immediately. Men start wars easily –we are an aggressive primate species – but rarely know how or when to stop them. But if there is one lesson in the study of history, it is than humans learn no lessons from the study of history. Every new generation of egomaniacal leaders is convinced that it is the exception to the rule of unintended consequences.

    The ancient Greek bard Homer summed it up rather elegantly in Book 17 of the Odyssey, in these lines, “But a man can’t hide the belly’s accursed craving, which causes so many evils and makes us sail ships across the vast sea to bring war upon distant people.”

  19. Zumbuddi says:
    @Vaterland

    . . . not to mention that Jewry’s frantic actions at censoring even finger gestures amount to a billboard spanning the globe:

    ZIONISM HAS FAILED

    Nordau surveyed Jewry in 1895 and declared it, Degenerated.

    Not too much later, Nordau helped manically-driven T Herzl compose der Judenstaat — the re-animation of the muscular Maccabbean rebels, whose revolt ended in mass suicide. “If you will it, it is no dream.”

    Based on dreams of vast wealth — much of it gotten via four other pillars of zionism:
    Deception
    Killing, frequently on a mass scale
    Plunder
    and Jewel wasp control of the then-most powerful global entity.

    Killing hasn’t worked to subvert its MidEast neighbors the way it did to destroy Europe and subvert USA

    US is bankrupt while Israel has secured revenue streams, and also lured hi-tech corporations to Israel, but if US can’t protect Israel — because It’s broke and broken, how long will those companies stay in Israel?

    If US goes broke, where will Israel sell its goodies?

    Zionism has failed.

    What will grow from the ass’s jawbone– a creature even more frightening than the Zionist psychopath?

  20. Lot says:
    @anon

    “ This was no 4-D chess move to get U.S. troops out of Iraq. ”

    Agree, but it would be a nice “accident” if it happens.

  21. anon[141] • Disclaimer says:

    Sometimes honor requires you to admit someone you don’t like did the right thing

    The nerve of this guy. In another thread he celebrated an American citizen being detained by TSA goonsquad due to his legally-protected opinions on Israel. What ever happened to “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it”? These guys lack the honor of which they speak and merely use those concepts to advance their interests via manipulation of a gullible American public ready and willing to take people at face value. In this case, the commenter demands of another poster what he is unwilling to give himself. It’s all in service of convincing Americans to sacrifice their interests on behalf of Israel’s. Nothing but word games.

  22. Ron Unz says:
    @Lot

    Geez Phil, calling Trump “addled?” He just took out an American-killing enemy commander and then let them prove the weakness of their air defense and Russian-made weaponry.

    Ha, ha, ha…

    As some probably know, I was shocked last year to discover that the exhaustive archival research of a prominent historian revealed that for decades American Military Intelligence and many of our top generals had firmly believed that Jews represented one of the deadliest threats to American freedom and Western civilization in general:

    https://www.unz.com/runz/american-pravda-secrets-of-military-intelligence/

    Sometimes I wonder to myself whether such concerns weren’t wildly exaggerated. Then I read some of the comments of the various Jewish-fanatics like “Lot” who hang around this website, and my skepticism quickly dissipates…

  23. The assassination was not in reality based on any imminent threat and is therefore illegal under international law and is undeniably an unconstitutional act of war directed against both Iran and Iraq.

    Its OK though because obama! Obama was a horrible lawless President, so we should just continue to have horrible lawless Presidents forever! Why change now? Because……..obama! We shouldn’t ever ever question a President doing illegal things, getting us into another war, passing unconstitutional laws because obama did it too! Just shuttup and take it you dweebs, because…..obama!

    Yeah Trump/Pompeo messed up big time. Good for the MIC though. More endless unwinnable war!

    Ahmadinejad is an Unz reader, and a fan of 2pac! Not surprising!

  24. Truth3 says:
    @Ron Unz

    Time to put yellow six pointed stars next to Lot and others.

    Fair warning demands it.

  25. Lot says:
    @Ron Unz

    Ron, while I am proud to partly descend from the House of David, I am proud to be a Christian.

    I hope one day that you too let Jesus into your life.

  26. Rich says:
    @Curmudgeon

    Why do you think the Iranians gave notice before launching their bottle rockets? Because they were shaking in their boots, afraid of retaliation if they hit a real target. With its feeble response, the Iranians have shown what most of us have suspected for some time, they are very weak militarily and will not fight back. Their only chance for any kind of military success is to get a nuke, which the US will not allow.

    I’m curious who taught you that Iranians “invented” mathematics? That no other civilization had laws? Do you really believe the Persians are the direct descendants of the Mesopotamians? This is simply not true as the Iranians are descended from the Indo-Europeans who invaded the region around 800 BC.

    Your lack of historical knowledge concerning the accomplishments of the West is astounding. But, your distorted historical understanding is probably what gets a kid an A- in public school these days. It’s very sad.

    • Replies: @renfro
  27. renfro says:

    Senators writing a bill to give Israel a extra 3.3 billion a year ‘for security’ in addition to the 3.8 billion in regular aid and the 3/4 of a billion in Iron Dome defense.

    Senators Coons and Rubio want to send an additional $3.3B of assistance to Israel

    January 10, 2020
    https://jewishinsider.com/2020/01/senators-coons-and-rubio-want-to-send-an-additional-3-3b-of-assistance-to-israel/

    Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) are introducing bipartisan legislation that will authorize $3.3 billion in annual ‘security assistance’ to Israel to protect itself against its enemies in times of uncertainty. “The events of the past few days remind us of the importance of U.S. assistance to Israel’s security,”

    ‘The last official act of any government is to loot the treasury’……. George Washington

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  28. Pontius says:
    @exiled off mainstreet

    Interestingly enough, Stalin had sent many assassins to kill Tito, who grew weary of it, responding finally with a letter stating if he didn’t stop it, he would be sending a Yugoslavian assassin to Moscow, and would not need to send a second one.

  29. renfro says:
    @Rich

    You embarrass yourself with this ignorant hasbara.

    Ancient Persia

    Persia (now Iran) is among the oldest inhabited regions in the world. Archaeological sites in the country have established human habitation dating back 100,000 years to the Paleolithic Age with semi-permanent settlements (most likely for hunting parties) established before 10,000 BCE. The ancient kingdom of Elam in this area was among the most advanced of its time (its oldest settlement, the archaeological site of Chogha Bonut, dates to c. 7200 BCE) before parts of it were conquered by the Sumerians, later completely by the Assyrians, and then by the Medes.
    The Median Empire (678-550 BCE) was followed by one of the greatest political and social entities of the ancient world, the Persian Achaemenid Empire (550-330 BCE) which was conquered by Alexander the Great and later replaced by the Seleucid Empire (312-63 BCE), Parthia (247 BCE-224 CE), and the Sassanian Empire (224 – 651 CE) in succession. The Sassanian Empire was the last of the Persian governments to hold the region before the Muslim Arab conquest of the 7th century CE
    Aryan tribes are thought to have migrated to the region at some point prior to the 3rd millennium BCE and the country would later be referenced as Ariana and Iran – the land of the Aryans. ‘Aryan’ should be understood according to the ancient Iranian language of Avestan meaning “noble”, “civilized” or “free man” and designating a class of people, having nothing to do with race – or Caucasians in any way – but referring to Indo-Iranians who applied the term to themselves in the religious works known as the Avesta.

    From ‘Ancient Perisa ‘…Joshua J. Mark , founder, editor, and director of Ancient History Encyclopedia.

    • Replies: @Biff
    , @Rich
  30. Biff says:
    @renfro

    Before educating Rich you should have him cough up fifty Shekels for your efforts.

    • Replies: @Rev. Spooner
  31. Exile says:
    @Lot

    Lot’s retort just demonstrates that “Judeo-Christianity” is another shape for Fellow Whites to shift into, another convenient crypsis some Chosen have chosen when time and circumstances call for it.

    Assuming for the sake of argument that Lot’s being semi-truthful about himself (a huge assumption, I know, bear with me) Jewish identity is Jewish identity. In the vast majority of cases, Jewish identity will trump any given individual’s competing identities. You don’t have to look very hard to find a Zio-cucked Boomercon bragging about finding some Ashkepathy in his 23 & Me.

    Lot is simply claiming to be a modern converso. No points scored, Lot. The goyim know about the J-C Shuffle.

    • Replies: @Johnny Rico
  32. @anon

    “Pompeo just announced that we’re staying in Iraq against the decision of the democratically-elected government of that country ”
    Yes — I doubt I’d believe that the US was “gone” from Iraq even if I saw 1000’s of US soldiers etc lined up for evacuation by the USN. A replay of Saigon 1975 might convince, however even then….

  33. @Exile

    And what does your retort demonstrate? Since the thread isn’t about Lot.

  34. “Assassinating Foreign Leaders Is an Act of War”

    Absolutely, there is no other logical or ethical way of looking at it.

    But when you function as a global imperial power, treating entire countries as pawns and putting everyone’s interests after your own, it’s not hard to see how you could start thinking of political murder in god-like terms of just tidying up a bit.

    It’s part of the sickness of empire, the near total corruption that comes with near total power.

  35. @anon

    Although, in fairness, at least two out of three of those posters aren’t even American; at least one, and probably two, are Hasbara, so there’s that at least.

    The clue is in the Rise and Kill First reasoning.

    On the contrary P Giraldi based his argument on legality as regards both the United States constitution and international law.

  36. @Biff

    Rich will then dip into Renfro’s pockets to do it.

    • LOL: Biff
  37. ‘… Donald Trump should be aware that there is considerable downside to the tiger than he has let out of its cage. What will he do if “enemies” all over the world decide to copy the Trump example and kill American diplomats, soldiers and tourists because they oppose U.S. policies…’

    ? We’ll self-righteously denounce those acts as terrorism. Why do you ask?

    You grossly underestimate our capacity for hypocrisy and self-deception. Remember all the uproar about foreign interference in our elections? Now fast forward to last Fall. There’s Pompeo, stating that if it looked like Labour might win the election in Britain, we’d have to act to prevent that.

  38. Anon[282] • Disclaimer says:

    AFP ”news” seems ok, however they use FAKE PROFILES on Facebook to forge public opinion that IRAN MUST BE PUNISHED.

    SOS HELP needed, they probably want to use Canadian CFBs as they did to destroy Libya!!

    https://www.journaldequebec.com/2020/01/11/iran–le-boeing-a-ete-abattu-sans-ordre-a-cause-dun-brouillage

  39. @Ron Unz

    ‘… Sometimes I wonder to myself whether such concerns weren’t wildly exaggerated. Then I read some of the comments of the various Jewish-fanatics like “Lot” who hang around this website, and my skepticism quickly dissipates…’

    It is ironic how that can be the net effect of their posts.

  40. @renfro

    ‘Senators writing a bill to give Israel a extra 3.3 billion a year ‘for security’ in addition to the 3.8 billion in regular aid and the 3/4 of a billion in Iron Dome defense…’

    Well here, people need to take a moment out from bitching and moaning and write their senators. Yes, your senator looks at his emails. He counts ’em up and decides which way the wind is blowing.

    Don’t rationalize not doing it. Just do it. Then at least your Senator will realize people are paying attention. Here, I’ll save you’all some work:

    ‘Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) are introducing bipartisan legislation that will authorize $3.3 billion in annual security assistance to Israel to protect itself against its enemies in times of uncertainty. “The events of the past few days remind us of the importance of U.S. assistance to Israel’s security,” Coons tweeted.’

    This is to be in addition to the 3.8 billion that Israel will already receive. I realize, of course, that all such bills must meet with displays of doggy submission from all Senators and Representatives — but surely at some point enough is enough.

    Now you can just cut and paste.

    • Agree: Cloak And Dagger
  41. Rich says:
    @renfro

    The present day “Persians” are descendants of invaders. They are not the original inhabitants of the area. They are not the “Sumerians”. Using your logic, present day Americans would be direct descendants of the Iroquois and Algonquins.

    • Replies: @anon
  42. @Lot

    ‘…I hope one day that you too let Jesus into your life.”

    I await with interest the day when it becomes apparent you have done the same.

    You seem to have just chortled gleefully over an airliner being accidentally shot down, resulting in the deaths of 176 inarguably innocent people.

    • Replies: @Lot
  43. anon[248] • Disclaimer says:
    @Rich

    Using your logic, present day Americans would be direct descendants of the Iroquois and Algonquins.

    Noooo.
    The Persians were more like the Iroquois and the Algonquins.
    after which — the Persian empire they created was subsequently invaded and occupied a number of times.

    • Replies: @Rich
  44. Lot says:
    @Colin Wright

    The proper way to be a Christian is to cheer on and banter with Holocaust revisionists and jihadis, is that what you’re saying?

    • Replies: @Colin Wright
  45. Rich says:
    @anon

    Has there been a recent discovery that disputes the invasion of Persia by the Indo-Europeans? It’s been a while since I spent much time on it, but weren’t the Persians a small, nomadic tribe that was dominated first by the Assyrians and then the Medes, until they finally rose up under Cyrus? This would indicate that they weren’t actually the “Sumerians” who preceded them in Mesopotamia. If you have newer information that contradicts this, I’d be interested in looking into it.

    I’ve never come across anything that claimed the Persians were the original “Sumerians”.

  46. Made money and started killing.
    Kept killing and became God.
    Became God and everyone hated me.
    Had to get them first and killed everyone.
    No one was left and now I’m sod.

  47. @Curmudgeon

    unless the Mullahs get their military/political act together real soon,

    there isn’t going 2B any “long term” for Iran:

    the Pahlevi Dynasts are already rattling their coffin lid.

    Today Tehran fess’d up to the airliner shootdown….which is

    a small step in the right direction.

  48. @Lot

    ‘The proper way to be a Christian is to cheer on and banter with Holocaust revisionists and jihadis, is that what you’re saying?’

    How do you get that?

  49. @Ron Unz

    You might consider adding a “so sad” button …

  50. @Truth3

    No warning needed. Three sentences and you know what needs to be known.
    Interesting about hasbara: as it’s so obviously phony, where do all the people who applaud and agree come from?

  51. anonymous[582] • Disclaimer says:

    He told the cheering crowd that “God is on our side”

    The devil is always in the detail, isn’t it?

    He actually meant, “Father/Son duo mangods are on our side.” The Hindoos claim some such pagan nonsense too.

    Both the Chrizzies and Hindoos are batshit delusional.

  52. anonymous[582] • Disclaimer says:
    @Lot

    I hope one day that you too let Jesus into your life.

    Surely that must do as much good as some other pagans pleading to “let Krishna into your life,” no?

    • Replies: @SeekerofthePresence
  53. @Ko

    ” Why are people complaining now”

    Very simple and obvious: The Democrats can get away with anything for which the Repubs would be excoriated, and they will always be forgiven.

    Case in point : The silence of the women’s libbers during the BC/ML drama.

    Authenticjazzman “Mensa” qualified since 1973, airborne trained US Army vet, and pro jazz artist.

  54. Enjoyed your appearance on Ron Paul’s Libert Report with Dan Macadams today.

    • Replies: @Philip Giraldi
  55. @Fran Macadam

    Thank you Fran – I always look forward to your comments on Unz and elsewhere!

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