11 January 2020

The Horse's Mouth

Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal published a behind-the-scenes article (link here) from inside the Trump administration about the process of deciding to kill Iranian general Qassem Soleimani.

One is struck by how the White House is now populated entirely by Donald Trump's yes men. Per the article, his team is "less inclined than its predecessors to push back against the President's wishes, according to administration officials and others consulted by the White House. They were also less likely to consult in advance with other administration, Pentagon or State Department officials, congressional leaders or foreign allies."

And this is the most significant reveal: "Trump, after the strike, told associates he was under pressure to deal with Gen. Soleimani from GOP senators he views as important supporters in his coming impeachment trial in the Senate."

So it wasn't about protecting the nation or preventing a possible Iranian strike. It was entirely about Trump. How typical.

But this also raises an interesting question: Given the drone strike was meant to appease GOP senators, it's curious that Trump is still worried a GOP-majority Senate could convict him in the forthcoming impeachment trial. Is there something Trump is afraid will be made public by witness testimony or by media reportage before the verdict vote?

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