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As Vice News is reporting, American paratroopers were denied entry into Iraq after Trump's assassination of General Soleimani but before the vote by the Iraq Parliament asking the US military to leave Iraq. It appears that there was little US planning by the US government to secure US assets and protect personnel. Meanwhile, the US government was asking Americans to leave Iraq via the same airport in which the Trump assassination of Soleimani occurred. And the US embassy (that fortress) was no longer considered a safe refuge for Americans. It was chaotic at the time, and eventually some paratroopers were allowed in to assist the exit of Americans from Iraq.
From news reports, many within Trump's own administration were caught flat footed by the assassination. It appears it was something that Trump decided largely on his own on a whim consulting few people except those present at Mar-a-Lago at the time, including Lindsey Graham.
Then yesterday Marine Brig. Gen. William H. Seely III wrote a letter to an Iraqi defense official stating that the US would withdraw troops from Iraq to comply with the vote taken by the Iraqi Parliament that all US troops should leave the country.. It was well circulated within Iraq and the media. Consistent with that request, Iran's Supreme leader, Ayatollah Khamenei said his goal is to have all US troops removed from the region.
Then a more senior general issued a retraction of General Seely's letter saying it was issued by mistake. Is this a comedy or what? Did Trump ask for the retraction so as to not be seen as driven out of the country by Ayatollah Khamenei, a face saving measure. Yesterday's action and retraction was confusing to many in the Trump administration and Pentagon.
Meanwhile Trump has threatened Iraq with sanctions and said they must pay for the cost of the military base. Sheesh.
From the Washington Post: "[Trump] said the United States would demand that Iraq repay money spent on a major air base, and he threatened that Washington would “charge them sanctions like they’ve never seen before, ever. It’ll make Iranian sanctions look somewhat tame.”'
This blows one's mind. Trump is also threatening to destroy Iranian cultural sites in Iran and Defense Secretary Esper is denying Trump's threat.
Trump is an unhinged loose cannon and those like Esper cannot keep covering for his threats and rants.
Wow all this to detract from the impeachment. And now John Bolton's statement that he is willing to testify in the Senate impeachment hearing must have made him extra mad. What will the madman do next? How long can Republicans cover for him?
Okay, this is my rant. I try keep my emotions in check, but it's hard to do when Trump looks like he is really losing it.