With the assassination of Soleimani, Trump has provided undeniable evidence that his Presidency is a threat to US National Security. Trump has impulsively and recklessly committed this act of war without Congressional authorization. It’s generally accepted that the White House’s “imminent attack” claim is both a rationalization and a lie. The Vice President aided in the lie, by claiming that Iran was involved in 9/11. Not only was Iran not involved in 9/11, but Soleimani was one of our more important allies in the fight against Al-Qaeda and ISIS. Pence should be included in any impeachment, as his lie shows a reckless disregard for both truth and US national security.
Trump and Pence have declared open war on a branch of Islam which had nothing to do with 9/11. However Iran does have a worldwide network of operatives, who now prose a grave risk to US national security. And by crossing a previous red line on the assassination of foreign leaders, Trump has additionally put the lives of US leaders at risk. The only way to remove this risk is to remove both Trump and Pence from office.
But will Democrats act? I think it’s unlikely, based on the full context of US policy in the Middle East. According to Pentagon sources, the Soleimani assassination was offered to Trump as an obviously-crazy option, meant to steer the President towards more prudent choices. We are meant to believe that Pentagon officials were “stunned” when the President exercised the option, as if Trump carried-out the crazy plan without their knowledge or involvement.
In reality this aggressively anti-Iranian posture is part of a long US commitment to backing the Sunni faction of the Sunni-Shia divide. The assassination may represent the more crazy neocon faction, but it is hardly outside of US strategy. This is a strategy that both Hillary and Obama were supporters of. While Obama was the driving force behind the Iran Nuclear Deal, he simultaneously used US military power to fight proxy wars against Iran in Syria and Yemen. Under normal circumstances, the Iran Deal would signal a move towards detente, but when it is followed by the deaths of thousands of Iran’s allies (and an unknown number of Iranian fighters), our actions are hardly conducive to maintaining peaceful coexistence.
The impeachment already voted on studiously avoids any mention of Trump’s reckless, illegal and self-serving actions in the Middle East. This is not surprising, when we consider the foreign policy alignment of current Democratic leadership. They have been supportive of the anti-Iranian strategy, even going so far as to call Democrats who oppose the Syrian War “Assad/Putin Assets.” But opinions can change, as new evidence comes to the fore. The President’s actions demonstrate the grave danger posed by current US policy. Let’s hope that Democratic leaders are privately weighing the costs and benefits of blindly throwing the US into this crazy no-win Sunni-Shia conflict.
It would undeniably be a smart move to include Soleimani’s assassination in the impeachment, and to include Pence in the impeachment as well. Americans are tired of the lies — tired of the deaths — tired of the wasted resources — tired of the endless wars. This would give us a REAL opportunity to remove Trump. Democrats have talked a good game on this — now let’s see if they will back it up.