well that only took 7 years !
It's just some girl.At least 13 dead, hundreds arrested as Iran cracks down on widening protests
More than a dozen people are dead amid continuing nationwide protests in Iran. The demonstrations are the largest in the Islamic Republic since 2009, when there was a disputed presidential election. The state has started cracking down in some ways, blocking Instagram and Telegram, a messaging app used by activists organizing protests, and President Hassan Rouhani said that the government is prepared to apprehend people it considers as lawbreakers. One of the primary causes for the protests, which outside of the capital of Tehran has been driven by working class Iranians, is the lack of an expected economic boom after international sanctions were lifted in early 2016. Unemployment is officially at 12.5 per cent but non-government estimates suggest that in reality the rate is higher. Inflation is also nearly at 10 per cent.
The U.S. has a poor track record when it comes to anticipating how an adversary will respond to our actions. The administration is absurdly portraying this escalation against Iran as a “defensive action,” but to the Iranians it seems like excessive and outrageous attack and they are reacting accordingly. U.S. officials are claiming that killing Soleimani is a preventive measure intended to stop future attacks on Americans, but it is practically guaranteed to have the opposite result. The administration has made it clear that Soleimani was the intended target, so we have to conclude that they didn’t understand the implications of what they were doing.
Imagine how angrily we would respond if a foreign government assassinated a high-profile, well-liked military officer while he was traveling inside an allied country, and that might give us some idea of how Iranians perceive this attack. That matters because it means that there will be tremendous pressure on the Iranian government to respond to the attack, and it also means that there will be political support for retaliation. If the administration wanted to find a way to trigger a war with Iran that bolsters the Iranian government’s standing at home, this is how to do it.By 2014, when he successfully halted Islamic State’s attempt to overrun Iraq, Suleimani was feted as a hero among Iraqis, alongside the local commanders including al-Muhandis. The same response was evident in Iran, where he quickly became a household name and was rumoured as a potential future president – a trend that was strengthened by the Trump administration’s unilateral withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal in 2018.
So the US has not merely killed an Iranian military commander but also a highly popular figure, viewed as a guardian of Iran even among secular-minded Iranians.
The U.S. is constantly outmaneuvered politically by other states that understand their own regions far better than we ever will, and our government’s reflexive response is to try to kill our way to success. Yesterday’s attack was a colossal mistake that will haunt the U.S. for years to come, and it is the result of cultivating relentless hostility towards a country that doesn’t pose a real threat to the security of the United States. This war didn’t have to happen and it could have been easily avoided many times in recent years, but the Trump administration chose provocation and escalation instead. Judging from what Iranian officials are saying, we should expect Iran to respond in kind before long.Killing General Suleimani will not destroy this network of partners and proxies, but it will give them a celebrated new “martyr” to avenge. Both Lebanon and Iraq will experience more violence; the American presence in Iraq will become increasingly untenable; the biggest beneficiaries will be Sunni fundamentalists like the Islamic State and Al Qaeda, which will be thrilled to see their two biggest enemies coming to blows.
He didn't testify but now he's tweeting constantly in advance of his soon to be released book. He's a dickwad.I wonder if John Bolton is walking along somewhere right now, bitterly kicking a can down the street, pissed that he's not gonna be involved in a war against Iran