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Exposing empire: How Soleimani’s killing put paid to myths the US told itself and others

For decades, the US establishment has talked about an international community, rules-based order, the importance of NATO allies, democracy and sovereignty. Then President Donald Trump had an Iranian general assassinated.

“Snow doesn’t fall to cover the hills, but to reveal the tracks of every beast,” goes an old Serbian saying. The proverbial snow in this case is last week’s killing of General Qassem Soleimani, head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force, which exploded not just the convoy he was riding in, but decades of accumulated platitudes about the US, its allies, and the world.

Time and again, the Washington establishment has sought to assert legitimacy for its actions by invoking the “rules-based” world order, sometimes also prefaced with “liberal,” and how the US was supposedly backed by the “international community.” All of these terms were conveniently vague, mind you, capable of being stretched to fit whatever definition was required at any given moment.

The killing of Soleimani made crystal clear there are no such rules, no community, no order. There is only the American Empire, its vassals – euphemistically known as “allies” – and its targets, also known as “adversaries.” Iran made it to the adversaries list in 1979, after the Islamic Revolution overthrew the US client regime in Tehran. The Empire deals poorly with being scorned.

Trump did not say “we do what we want, where we want, and how we want, and there is no power in the universe that can stop us” – but he didn’t have to; his missiles did all the talking.

https://www.rt.com/op-ed/477605-soleimani-killing-trump-empire/

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There’s something that has been temporarily forgotten in all the furor, impeachment. Trump is now incapable of securing a second term, and enough of a liability to the Republicans that they can take the vote to the house and succeed. Luongo’s first post was correct, Pompeo ordered this strike himself, with deep state behind him, the goal being making the coup d’état a fait accompli. Those that would have been exposed in the unpacking of Ukrianegate are now safe, as are those that MAY have been exposed in the Durham/Barr investigation. Any that are aware of Barrs previous history would… Read more »

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just a guess, but as far as the 2020 election, Pence will probably be “LBJ’d” its a pattern after US coups? Republican nominee Jeb Bush? Central figure in the pardoning of “Cuba Cowboys” kingpin and CIA asset Orlando Bosch, Luciferian oil oligarch clan member Jeb holds some deep state/NWO IOU’s and after outlier Trump stealing the 2016 nomination from under his nose, is long overdue. On the dem side Biden is toxic waste. Killary or Pocahontas? Really doesn’t matter in the least which CFR/NWO candidate becomes POTIS, same as it ever was. 2021, war with Iran, completing Clarks “7 in… Read more »

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(WARNING: the above may contain Nuts, Historical Context, Supposition, and Satire. Keep away from pets, small children and the ideologically constrained)

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Here is an article that looks at the little-covered responses by both Russia and China to the Soleimani assassination:

https://viableopposition.blogspot.com/2020/01/iran-does-not-stand-alone.html

Washington has conveniently either forgotten or is ignoring one key aspect of today’s geopolitical reality; Iran does not stand alone.

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You must remember that from time immemorial there have only been three types of nation states – a state that does what it’s told, a state that does what it can, and, a rarity in history, a state that does what it wants. And every state wiggles around to escape as best it can when it finds itself in the first category, carves out a suitable niche when it is the second, and rides high for as long as it can when it claws it’s way into the third category. It’s the iron law of history. But so is this… Read more »

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Great points & All true!

The world should stand with Iran, especially China and Russia should stand with Iran or else they and their leaders will be next in the US list to be eliminated.

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As for President Trump, People are constantly under estimating this man in what he knows, how he thinks and how he handles events.

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