Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 12 Share on Twitter Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
Exclusive to OpEdNews:
OpEdNews Op Eds    H3'ed 1/8/20

Trump smashes a hornet's nest with a giant club, opens a door to a massive regional war

By       (Page 1 of 2 pages) (View How Many People Read This)   6 comments
Author 23439
Message Michael Payne
Become a Fan
  (79 fans)

Hornet
Hornet
(Image by ReneS)
  Details   DMCA

Do you know what happens when you smash a hornet's nest with a giant club? In about one second you will then have a swarm of angry hornets come after you with a vengeance. Donald J. Trump did that and now he will pay the price he deserves, their swift retaliation.

Want to know how stupid it was to take out Iran's top general, Qasem Soleamini. It didn't do a thing except trigger a major world crisis. So what did Iran do almost immediately? It appointed his successor, a very high ranking general, a close adviser to Soleamini, one said to also be very adept at planning military operations.

Iran is not a small country in population like Vietnam, Afghanistan, or Iraq, which the US military attacked, and then in each case, had to withdraw. It has a formidable military that has the power to cause massive destruction in the Middle East such as setting the Gulf of Hormuz on fire. A very large portion of the world's oil moves through this gulf.

This unhinged president has turned Washington DC and half the world upside down and if he is not stopped at some point soon, by the military refusing to follow his orders, he could easily ignite a massive regional war. Or if he attacks Iran itself Russia and, quite likely, China could step in to defend their ally.

Now would anyone seriously think that Trump would launch an attack and kill the top general of a foreign country, in this case, Iran, just to cause a huge detraction from the articles of impeachment that have been brought against him?

Would he actually cause a major upheaval in world affairs by killing this Iranian general, that could very well trigger World War III? Would he be so very reckless and foolhardy?

The answer to those questions if a resounding YES, he would and he already did, and now much of the world is aghast and astounded by what he did.

Here's what he caused when he made his mentally unstable decision. In no time flat, the Iraq Parliament voted to have US forces, and those from a few other nations, removed from that country as soon as possible.

Their decision will be turned over to the Acting Prime Minister, Adil Abdul-Mahdi, who has already stated that he agrees with it. So, finally, it appears that Iraq will be rid of foreign troops that should not remain in it anymore.

Shortly after Iran's leaders announced that the Iranian Nuclear Agreement was dead they declared that they would immediately restart their entire nuclear development program. That is a stunning, shocking announcement that will be met with great misgivings by many of America's European and other allies who were still working to keep that agreement in effect.

Many close observers are now saying that what Trump did was to "wag the dog." And many Americans will react by saying, "What in the world is that supposed to mean?

So, let's start with a refresher on what the term "Wag the dog" really means. In modern history, the term wag the dog means "to distract attention away from a political scandal, often through military action."

There was a 1997 satirical film starring Robert DeNiro and Dustin Hoffman which used that idiom in its title. President Bill Clinton was accused of "wagging the dog" when he ordered military strikes on Afghanistan and Sudan, apparently to detract attention away from the scandal involving Monica Lewinsky in the Oval Office.

This illegal action by Trump should become another article of impeachment and, if McConnell and most or all of the Senate Republicans still strongly support Trump, and refuse to impeach him, then they should be considered as traitors to this democracy. This is now madness in the making and there must be some way to bring the situation under control before it explodes.

Didn't Trump realize that if he killed that Iranian commander, many others could step into his position and do the same kind of planning as he did? By killing him all he did was take a very tenuous situation and ramp it up into a monumental crisis. This is the work of an unstable president.

Next Page  1  |  2

 

Rate It | View Ratings

Michael Payne Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Michael Payne is an independent, progressive activist. His writings deal with social, economic, political and foreign policy issues. He is a featured writer on OpEdNews and Nation of Change and his articles have appeared on many other websites (more...)
 

Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines
Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

STAY IN THE KNOW
If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEdNews Newsletter
Name
Email
   (Opens new browser window)
 

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Orwell's "1984" becoming a reality in modern-day America

Heed the Warning Signs; America is Edging Ever Closer to a Societal Implosion

Ethics and Morals in America; an Endangered Species

How Do You Spell Sociopath? G-O-P

The Beginning of the End for the U.S. Dollar as the World Reserve Currency

A U.S. President Defies Congress, the Constitution and the Will of the People; Will Impeachment Follow?

Comments

The time limit for entering new comments on this article has expired.

This limit can be removed. Our paid membership program is designed to give you many benefits, such as removing this time limit. To learn more, please click here.

3 people are discussing this page, with 6 comments


Michael Payne

Become a Fan
Author 23439
(Member since Oct 2, 2008), 79 fans, 508 articles, 2763 comments (How many times has this commenter been recommended?)
Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

  New Content

Something very terrible is very likely going to happen and US personnel in various embassies all over the world will be in danger because of this mindless act by Trump. Our military personnel in many installations will also be prime targets because of this pathetic president. That is tragic, that is alarming! That never should have happened.

A very large number of America's most respected psychiatrists have stated that this president is mentally unstable; that he is, therefore, unfit to be the US president, and must be removed from office. This must be done, as quickly as possible.

Submitted on Wednesday, Jan 8, 2020 at 4:26:32 PM

  Recommend  (0+)
Help

Ken Swiatek

Become a Fan
Author 514190
(Member since Sep 12, 2019), 34 comments (How many times has this commenter been recommended?)
Not paid member and Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

  New Content

The U.S. refuses to let Iran come to NY and address the U.N. Could this be why? I've read this on two different websites; Naturally, we learned soon after from the Iraqi PM himself that Soleimani was in Iraq as part of a diplomatic effort to de-escalate tensions. In other words, he was apparently lured to Baghdad under false pretenses so he'd be a sitting duck for a U.S. strike. Never let the truth get in the way of a good story. Iraqi Prime Minister AbdulMahdi accuses Trump of deceiving him in order to assassinate Suleimani. Trump, according to P.M. lied about wanting a diplomatic solution in order to get Suleimani on a plane to Baghdad in the open, where he was summarily executed. o/HKjyQqXNqP Joshua Landis (@joshua_landis) January 5, 2020 Everything Trumpf says are lies; every thing he does is cheating. Dump Trumpf by any means necessary!

Submitted on Wednesday, Jan 8, 2020 at 4:57:58 PM

  Recommend  (0+)
Help
Indent

Michael Payne

Become a Fan
Author 23439
(Member since Oct 2, 2008), 79 fans, 508 articles, 2763 comments (How many times has this commenter been recommended?)
Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Reply to Ken Swiatek:   New Content

Ken, I'd really like to see the reporting or whatever there is that talks about " In other words, he was apparently lured to Baghdad under false pretenses so he'd be a sitting duck for a U.S. strike." Can you give me some kind of link?

Submitted on Wednesday, Jan 8, 2020 at 8:16:34 PM

  Recommend  (0+)
Help

Ken Swiatek

Become a Fan
Author 514190
(Member since Sep 12, 2019), 34 comments (How many times has this commenter been recommended?)
Not paid member and Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

  New Content

click here

the other from a site OEN redflags

On 5th January, the Prime Minister of Iraq, Adil Abdul Mahdi, provided additional details on the US assassination of Gen. Qassem Soleimani. According to available reports, PM Mahdi himself called Soleimani for an official visit to Baghdad for deescalating tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Soleimani was set to receive de-escalation proposals from Saudi Arabia via Iraq. Mike Pompeo allegedly supported the idea on a phone call with PM Mahdi amid PMU protests in Baghdad.

Therefore, to sabotage the peace initiative between Iran and Saudi Arabia which could have led to the end of anarchy, the US set up Soleimani and killed him.

Submitted on Thursday, Jan 9, 2020 at 12:07:47 AM

  Recommend  (0+)
Help

Michael Payne

Become a Fan
Author 23439
(Member since Oct 2, 2008), 79 fans, 508 articles, 2763 comments (How many times has this commenter been recommended?)
Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

  New Content

This article would have generated a great deal more views and comments from readers if it had not been buried down near the bottom of the main page. It was high in the most popular table view but that didn't matter and it was sent to the bottom of the page. How in the world does that happen, that it incomprehensible?

Submitted on Friday, Jan 10, 2020 at 2:21:50 AM

  Recommend  (0+)
Help

RG Cunningham

Become a Fan
Author 504937
(Member since Mar 1, 2016), 7 fans, 12 articles, 460 comments (How many times has this commenter been recommended?)
Not paid member and Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in Not paid member and Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

  New Content

Not only is Trump a moron, narcissist and psychopath, he is also completely culturally illiterate. Knowing zero about Iranian history or that of any other peoples from the countries he destroys. [But then all of the rabid right have that in common.]

Seems the only things occupying his despicably diseased brain are his sexual perversions [serial assaulting and raping multiple women--including his first wife Ivana].

His latest psychotic outburst is set to change things. Remember Salman Rushdie? Author of 'Satanic Verses' who inspired the hatred of Iranians who then put him on a permanent hit list? Decades later, Mr. Rushdie is still looking over his shoulder, forced to hire protection and go into hiding for a major part of his life. Trump has just placed himself on that same list--and for an offense much more heinous than Rushdie's.


Submitted on Friday, Jan 10, 2020 at 7:06:10 AM

  Recommend  (0+)
Help