First Read notes that in less than three weeks, President Trump has made three different retreats: Reaching a deal with Mexico to avert tariffs – a deal that largely consisted of actions that Mexico had already agreed to; backing down on military strikes against Iran for shooting down a U.S. drone; delaying his plan for nationwide raids to deport undocumented immigrants.
“‘Death to America’ means death to Trump, John Bolton, and Pompeo. It means death to American rulers.”
— Iranian leader Ayatollah Khamenei, seeking to clarify that the slogan, often chanted by his supporters, was aimed at U.S. leaders, not the American nation, Reuters reported.
“You know that this war will destroy all that you possess. You will start this war but we will be the ones to impose its end. Therefore you have to be careful about insulting the Iranian people and the president of our Republic.”
— Iran’s Quds force chief Qassem Soleimani, warning President Trump against war, saying it would “destroy all that you possess”, Reuters reports.
Good news: People have caught on. Bad news: Donald will be even more determined to start a war in hope that, like Bush did in 2003, he’ll gain approval as a war-time president.
A sitting president may do as he shall,
Without having to explain his rationale.
While we thought Khamenei
Was his sworn enemy,
In fact, he’s President Obama’s pen pal.
I could have wiped Iran off the map with the weapons that we had, but in the process a lot of innocent people would have been killed, probably including the hostages.
— Jimmy Carter, in an interview with CNBC, defending his decisions even if it meant he didn’t show “that I was strong and resolute and, um, manly.”
Senator John McCain proves, time and again, that he’s nobody’s flunkey.
Indeed, he’s shown us, time and again, that he can be downright spunky.
But in international politics
It’s not diplomatic — just for kicks —
To equate the Iranian president with an orbiting space monkey.