HAMMERNEWS- Michael Hammerschlag

Current Political Commentary by journalist Michael Hammerschlag; Thoughts on foreign policy, Republican outrages, liberal strategies, science by 8 year correspondent in Russia/Ukraine over 22 years and longtime commentator; Website: http://HAMMERNEWS.com

Saturday, January 04, 2020


Suppose an American general was assassinated by a drone while visiting an airport in France or Germany or Japan. How would America respond?
 - NYT
 Thats the question- what no commentators are saying, on NPR or even BBC, is that America is STRANGLING IRAN with full sanctions, SWIFT denial, oil sanctions, and the economy is crumbling with massive inflation and unrest. Juan Cole: A naval blockade is considered an act of war in international law, and Trump’s trade embargo is analogous in every way to such a blockade. Very close to actual War, but Iran isn't doing anything it hasn't always been doing, supporting Shiites wherever they are- Assad's Gov, Iraq's now dominant group, the sorely abused Houthis, Hezbollah, + Hamas. Western MSM scrupulously ignores the Sunni/ Shiite Divide that rules every action in the Muslim World, it isn't PC enough. To lying ignorant Trump, they are also "violating" the Nuclear Agreement HE CANCELLED! To Iranians, they are providing succor to besieged overwhelmed Shiites (only about 12% of all Muslims).

Killing such a high leader is crazy risky business, and it might be Trump TRYING TO START THE WAR he needs to divert attention from his Trial and multiple treasons. But the Saudi Oil Refinery attacks and assassination attempt on Maduro show how easy it is to assassinate ANY indvidual with a drone costing a few thousand bucks.  America is not immune- I expect major car bomb attacks in Iraq and drone attacks everywhere. Americans in Iraq were urged to leave Iraq immediately, including by land, to uhh, Syria or Iran?  While Pompous Pompeo insists "U.S. Safer but There May Be a ‘Little Noise’ in Interim". Maybe some Big Noise. While not notifyng Congress, bigmouth Trump was apparently bragging to his Mar-a-Lago guests that that something huge was coming.

General Soleimani was a nasty character who developed the spectacularly deadly IEDs responsible for thousands of US deaths and woundings and probably was a legitimate target during the Iraq War, he does have the blood of thousands on his hands, but also was #2 most powerful Iranian leader. The highest Iraq Militia General was also killed, Iraq will be furious about this; and it is possible the Iraq Gov will throw out ALL US MILITARY PERSONNEL, although they would hate to be left totally to Iran's tender mercies (that happened).  [This has the effect of] "mobilizing Iraqis by the simultaneous US assassination of Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy head of the Popular Mobilization Forces. Al-Muhandis is a senior military figure in the Iraqi armed forces, not just a civilian militia figure. Moreover, the Kata’ib Hizbullah that he headed is part of a strong political bloc, al-Fath, which has 48 members in parliament.  https://www.juancole.com/2020/01/trump-troll-impeachment.html  Gen McChrystal, who debated taking out Suleimani in 2007, did a serious grudgingly admiring character analysis of him.

Rueters reports a mid Oct Baghdad meeting with Soleimani's Militias where he orders attacks on US soldier housing units (like the devastating 1982 Beirut truck bombing) with new low-profile paramilitaries... though some say  Admin claims of imminent attacks on Americans are dubious:
 Rukmini Callimachi @rcallimachi
I’ve had a chance to check in with...two US officials who had intelligence briefings after the strike on Suleimani. According to them, the evidence suggesting there was to be an imminent attack on American targets is “razor-thin”.

Ah, this is another act of Trump personal revenge, who feuded with Sol on SM:
In 2018, Soleimani spoke with political authority when he responded to a tweet by President Trump, that Iran would “suffer consequences the likes of which few throughout history have ever suffered before” if it repeated threats against the U.S.
--- Soleimani was quoted by the semi-official Tasnim news agency: “As a soldier, it is my duty to respond to your threats,” he said. “It is not in our president’s dignity to respond to you.”
--- “Come. We are ready,” Soleimani said, accusing Trump of using “the language of night clubs and gambling halls.”
--- “If you begin the war, we will end the war,” he said

Guess Chump has started something. Thousands of Iranians protested the killing in the Tehran streets, as did some Iraqi Sunnis celebrating the vanquishing of a deadly foe.  Alaska-sized Iran is NOT Iraq, it has twice the people and 4 times the area, it has supersonic cruise missiles that could sink every ship in the Gulf- a basketball moving at 1/2 mile a second, it has a massive military, a sophisticated Intelligence operation and hacking capabilities.... and it more or less controls Iraq, where we should expect massive retaliation. 

 Quick, how many Allies died in Afghanistan? 2400? No, over 7000, according to  On The Media. 2400 US "soldiers", +3000 contractors (when you're private you are off the books), and 1500 Allies, who heeded the ONLY CALL-UP THROUGH NATO, giving their lives to defend America! Maybe this Christmas we should say a prayer for them, these noble courageous friends, in contempt for the Shirker Pig's many slanders of NATO... The MOST SUCCESSFUL ALLIANCE in (Modern) History.