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Wed Jan 08, 2020 12:09 pm
This happened in The West Wing. Iran shot down a plane because the radar signature is very similar to our AWACS because, like, it's the same plane.

It would actually make sense here - an hour after they hit us, they see a signature that might be part of a retaliatory strike and shoot it down. I'm sure crazier things have happened.
Air Force One has jammers and flares.

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Sounds like it was mostly Iranian Canadians

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/iran-ukra ... -1.5418610

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Isgrimnur wrote:
Wed Jan 08, 2020 12:15 pm
stessier wrote:
Wed Jan 08, 2020 12:09 pm
This happened in The West Wing. Iran shot down a plane because the radar signature is very similar to our AWACS because, like, it's the same plane.

It would actually make sense here - an hour after they hit us, they see a signature that might be part of a retaliatory strike and shoot it down. I'm sure crazier things have happened.
Air Force One has jammers and flares.
Okay, but I didn't say they thought it was Air Force One.
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The hardliners just rolled out in preparation for Trump to come out. This doesn't feel so good - hoping I'm wrong.

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He's talking...everyone brought their Vuvuzela right?

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He sounds sedated.
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Looks like the Pentagon talked him out of the nuclear option.

We're going to go with new sanctions instead.
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Sanctions and deal-making.

Whew.

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Iran's attack was a shot across the bow. Trump seems to be attributing strategic troop placement for no casualties.

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He sounds sedated.
Strictly told to stick to the teleprompter. I'm still waiting for him to go off-script.

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He sounds sedated.
He's having trouble speaking (and reading the teleprompter).

I just tuned in, and he stumbled over the word "tolerated" and "accomplishments" (really mangling the vowels) within twenty seconds.

As usual, he does not understand how a sentence sounds, always getting the phrasal beats wrong.
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Slow. Monotone. Quiet.

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Yeah, he did not look or sound well at all.

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Sanctions and deal-making.
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Is the US really ready to be free of Middle Eastern oil? I should throw a few bucks into Canadian petroleum stock.

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The Meal wrote:
Wed Jan 08, 2020 12:34 pm
Sanctions and deal-making.

Whew.
Yeah Iran is totally going to negotiate a new deal with this administration.

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MAGAland this morning was all about the fire and fury Iran can expect to be raining down on them before noon.

I guess now they pivot to Donald's Nobel Peace Prize?
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Agreed. Trump causes mess. Trump makes mess worse. Then he doesn't make it even worse and that is restraint and strength?


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Holman wrote:
Wed Jan 08, 2020 12:37 pm
I just tuned in, and he stumbled over the word "tolerated" and "accomplishments" (really mangling the vowels) within twenty seconds.
So you missed the part where he blamed Obama for funding the missiles Iran used yesterday?

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Smoove_B wrote:
Wed Jan 08, 2020 12:58 pm
Holman wrote:
Wed Jan 08, 2020 12:37 pm
I just tuned in, and he stumbled over the word "tolerated" and "accomplishments" (really mangling the vowels) within twenty seconds.
So you missed the part where he blamed Obama for funding the missiles Iran used yesterday?
And by extension, Hillary and Biden.
The logical conclusion is that they are terrorists.

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Smoove_B wrote:
Wed Jan 08, 2020 12:58 pm
Holman wrote:
Wed Jan 08, 2020 12:37 pm
I just tuned in, and he stumbled over the word "tolerated" and "accomplishments" (really mangling the vowels) within twenty seconds.
So you missed the part where he blamed Obama for funding the missiles Iran used yesterday?
I did miss that, but I read about it afterwards.

So basically he accused Obama of attacking the United States. Cool.

I don't suppose Trump mentioned that he and Ivanka were literally laundering money for Soleimani's Revolutionary Guard just a few years ago, did he?
Not mentioned in the statement? Allegations, detailed in an extensive investigative report, that the Trump Organization participated in a scheme that likely helped the I.R.G.C. launder money and acquire weapons of mass destruction. (Must have been an oversight!) In 2017, The New Yorker published a story about Trump Tower Baku, a hotel in Azerbaijan that never opened and appeared “to be a corrupt operation engineered by oligarchs tied to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.” According to reporter Adam Davidson, in 2012, the Trump Organization signed multiple contracts to build the tower with the Mammadov family, whose patriarch, Ziya Mammadov, was the Transportation Minister at the time. (Ziya Mammadov was described by a U.S. diplomat as “notoriously corrupt even for Azerbaijan,” which is among the most corrupt nations in the world.) The Mammadovs were financially entangled with the Darvishi family, at least three members of which were reportedly associates of the Revolutionary Guard.
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Holman wrote:
Wed Jan 08, 2020 1:07 pm
Smoove_B wrote:
Wed Jan 08, 2020 12:58 pm
Holman wrote:
Wed Jan 08, 2020 12:37 pm
I just tuned in, and he stumbled over the word "tolerated" and "accomplishments" (really mangling the vowels) within twenty seconds.
So you missed the part where he blamed Obama for funding the missiles Iran used yesterday?
I did miss that, but I read about it afterwards.

So basically he accused Obama of attacking the United States. Cool.

I don't suppose Trump mentioned that he and Ivanka were literally laundering money for Soleimani's Revolutionary Guard just a few years ago, did he?
Not mentioned in the statement? Allegations, detailed in an extensive investigative report, that the Trump Organization participated in a scheme that likely helped the I.R.G.C. launder money and acquire weapons of mass destruction. (Must have been an oversight!) In 2017, The New Yorker published a story about Trump Tower Baku, a hotel in Azerbaijan that never opened and appeared “to be a corrupt operation engineered by oligarchs tied to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.” According to reporter Adam Davidson, in 2012, the Trump Organization signed multiple contracts to build the tower with the Mammadov family, whose patriarch, Ziya Mammadov, was the Transportation Minister at the time. (Ziya Mammadov was described by a U.S. diplomat as “notoriously corrupt even for Azerbaijan,” which is among the most corrupt nations in the world.) The Mammadovs were financially entangled with the Darvishi family, at least three members of which were reportedly associates of the Revolutionary Guard.
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Paingod wrote:
Wed Jan 08, 2020 11:34 am
Smoove_B wrote:
Wed Jan 08, 2020 10:46 am
So I fully expect Trump to announce nuclear retaliation this morning.
I think all we need to do is change the channel to Fox News to see what he's being told to do. If they're preaching fire and brimstone and hellacious bombings, then grab your pants and hold on tight.
Fox News, Cory Mills wrote:Now only a swift and resolute U.S. response to Wednesday’s attack and Iran’s continued state-sponsored terrorism will save Iraq and U.S. interests from Iranian fanatics lashing out to deflect tension from Iran’s economic free-fall caused by corrupt and unreasonable leadership.
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We now have an administration that does not acquiesce and draw imaginary “red lines.” President Trump’s message is clear that if any American or U.S. interests are targeted by terrorists, we will respond swiftly and appropriately.
Translation: They slapped our collective faces. Blow them back to hell.
Tucker Carlson is saying the exact opposite thing on Fox News.
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Welp. Glad that's over. Guess we now just have to wait for Iran's real revenge which will be at a time and place of its choosing.

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malchior wrote:
Wed Jan 08, 2020 2:10 pm
Welp. Glad that's over. Guess we now just have to wait for Iran's real revenge which will be at a time and place of its choosing.
He's made it worse, via Vox:
Adding further sanctions on Iran is more likely to lead Tehran to lash out again than to step back from the brink.

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Second, Trump called on all parties to the Iran nuclear deal to exit it like the US did in 2018. “The time has come for the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Russia, and China to ... break away from the remnants of the Iran deal or JCPOA, and we must all work together toward making a deal with Iran that makes the world a safer and more peaceful place,” he stated.

That’s unlikely to happen, as those European nations want to do business with Iran and Russia and China are Tehran’s allies. But it gives the Islamic Republic another reason to unshackle itself from the nuclear deal’s restrictions and move closer to obtaining a nuclear weapon.

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Finally, Trump called on the US’s NATO allies to be “much more involved in the Middle East process.” It’s not entirely clear what the president means by this, especially since NATO forces are already in the Middle East, including at the bases in Iraq that were targeted by Iran Tuesday night.
It's almost like there's no plan or any forethought to anything happening. I am genuinely surprised he didn't come out and announce retaliation was underway. Pence and Pompeo probably couldn't get a clear answer from Jesus by 11am?

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pr0ner wrote:
Wed Jan 08, 2020 2:07 pm
Paingod wrote:
Wed Jan 08, 2020 11:34 am
Smoove_B wrote:
Wed Jan 08, 2020 10:46 am
So I fully expect Trump to announce nuclear retaliation this morning.
I think all we need to do is change the channel to Fox News to see what he's being told to do. If they're preaching fire and brimstone and hellacious bombings, then grab your pants and hold on tight.
Fox News, Cory Mills wrote:Now only a swift and resolute U.S. response to Wednesday’s attack and Iran’s continued state-sponsored terrorism will save Iraq and U.S. interests from Iranian fanatics lashing out to deflect tension from Iran’s economic free-fall caused by corrupt and unreasonable leadership.
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We now have an administration that does not acquiesce and draw imaginary “red lines.” President Trump’s message is clear that if any American or U.S. interests are targeted by terrorists, we will respond swiftly and appropriately.
Translation: They slapped our collective faces. Blow them back to hell.
Tucker Carlson is saying the exact opposite thing on Fox News.
Trump is saying no military retaliation now. Fox will need to go back and wipe that off their website/from their tapes.
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malchior wrote:
Wed Jan 08, 2020 12:47 pm
Agreed. Trump causes mess. Trump makes mess worse. Then he doesn't make it even worse and that is restraint and strength?
I'm a liberal, and I didn't vote for him. I won't be voting for him in the upcoming election. Still, there's no reason I can't be honest about what I see here:

Iran has been bluffing all along. They claim to be able to unleash hell against anyone who attacks them. Okay, I can believe that. I'm not an expert on what various countries can or can't do.

Then Trump has one of their top people, and they themselves say he was highly important, killed. If Iran is ever going to do something big, now is the time. They have been directly provoked. They were punched right on the nose, for all the world to see. What do they do? A token retaliation. An 'attack' that pointedly does minimal damage. What does that tell you? It tells me that that's all they can do. All this time everyone has been scared of fearsome Iran and what they can do and they can't do shiat.

Is it possible that the military and/or intelligence people told Trump this? I think so. I think there's a good chance they explained what Iran would do in retaliation, because they knew that's all Iran could do. Everyone wants to believe this action was not thought out, because everyone dislikes Trump so much. What if it was thought out? The resolution, no war, is pure random luck? Really?

All the talk about it setting relations with Iran back, and pushing them to acquire nuclear weapons, come on! It would be naive to think the US is getting along with Iran any time soon or that Iran is giving up on acquiring those weapons, with or without a deal. That's what I mean by 'business as usual'. The same games will be played as before.

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gameoverman wrote:
Wed Jan 08, 2020 3:18 pm
malchior wrote:
Wed Jan 08, 2020 12:47 pm
Agreed. Trump causes mess. Trump makes mess worse. Then he doesn't make it even worse and that is restraint and strength?
I'm a liberal, and I didn't vote for him. I won't be voting for him in the upcoming election. Still, there's no reason I can't be honest about what I see here:

Iran has been bluffing all along. They claim to be able to unleash hell against anyone who attacks them. Okay, I can believe that. I'm not an expert on what various countries can or can't do.

Then Trump has one of their top people, and they themselves say he was highly important, killed. If Iran is ever going to do something big, now is the time. They have been directly provoked. They were punched right on the nose, for all the world to see. What do they do? A token retaliation. An 'attack' that pointedly does minimal damage. What does that tell you? It tells me that that's all they can do. All this time everyone has been scared of fearsome Iran and what they can do and they can't do shiat.

Is it possible that the military and/or intelligence people told Trump this? I think so. I think there's a good chance they explained what Iran would do in retaliation, because they knew that's all Iran could do. Everyone wants to believe this action was not thought out, because everyone dislikes Trump so much. What if it was thought out? The resolution, no war, is pure random luck? Really?

All the talk about it setting relations with Iran back, and pushing them to acquire nuclear weapons, come on! It would be naive to think the US is getting along with Iran any time soon or that Iran is giving up on acquiring those weapons, with or without a deal. That's what I mean by 'business as usual'. The same games will be played as before.
Maybe the prize isn't US or Iranian "victory," but influence in Iraq.

*Something* about this crisis led the Iraqis to take the step of telling us to leave. The Pentagon's fumbling withdrawal letter (released, confirmed, and then backpedaled) shows that this was serious.

Asking whether the US or the Iranians won this round ignores the third player, which is also the battleground. There may be things going on domestically in Iraq that Americans don't have the patience to see or understand, perhaps involving the Shia militias.

If Iraq is still pressuring us to leave or even just reduce our footprint in Iraq even after the news cycle has moved on, we'll know Iran won this crisis.
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gameoverman wrote:
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Wed Jan 08, 2020 12:47 pm
Agreed. Trump causes mess. Trump makes mess worse. Then he doesn't make it even worse and that is restraint and strength?
I'm a liberal, and I didn't vote for him. I won't be voting for him in the upcoming election. Still, there's no reason I can't be honest about what I see here:

Iran has been bluffing all along. They claim to be able to unleash hell against anyone who attacks them. Okay, I can believe that. I'm not an expert on what various countries can or can't do.

Then Trump has one of their top people, and they themselves say he was highly important, killed. If Iran is ever going to do something big, now is the time. They have been directly provoked. They were punched right on the nose, for all the world to see. What do they do? A token retaliation. An 'attack' that pointedly does minimal damage. What does that tell you? It tells me that that's all they can do. All this time everyone has been scared of fearsome Iran and what they can do and they can't do shiat.

Is it possible that the military and/or intelligence people told Trump this? I think so. I think there's a good chance they explained what Iran would do in retaliation, because they knew that's all Iran could do. Everyone wants to believe this action was not thought out, because everyone dislikes Trump so much. What if it was thought out? The resolution, no war, is pure random luck? Really?

All the talk about it setting relations with Iran back, and pushing them to acquire nuclear weapons, come on! It would be naive to think the US is getting along with Iran any time soon or that Iran is giving up on acquiring those weapons, with or without a deal. That's what I mean by 'business as usual'. The same games will be played as before.
I've been thinking similar for several days. The talking heads that have foreign policy have explained it this way.

A few months ago Tehran was headed to full blown collapse. Protests were building globally against the regime.

Trump couldn't handle the tantrums of Iran and picked the nuclear (be an unwarranted dick in the dialogue tree) option from a selection of more appropriate options. In the span of a week. Iraq has turned on the US, demanded we leave, we've written a letter saying we'd leave, shown ourselves to be so incompetent as to not mean it, Iran now has better internal solidarity including in the diaspora, it has increased US resentment in its satellite operations like hezbollah, all of its capabilities are intact, it isn't in a war I can't possibly hope to win but now has legitimacy to restart its nuclear program, reinvigorated relations with Iraq, etc.

A fox pundit said he'd trade Suleimani for some damaged airbase any day.

Iran will trade one general for regional bolstering, no war, and the very real possibility of America withdrawing from Iraq any day.

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Canadian sources say Ukrainian airliner was not brought down by a missile.
The initial assessment of Western intelligence agencies is that a Ukrainian airliner which crashed in Iran on Wednesday was not brought down by a missile, said a Canadian security source.

The source, who declined to be identified, said the agencies believed the Boeing 737 plane had suffered a technical malfunction.
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gameoverman wrote:
Wed Jan 08, 2020 3:18 pm
malchior wrote:
Wed Jan 08, 2020 12:47 pm
Agreed. Trump causes mess. Trump makes mess worse. Then he doesn't make it even worse and that is restraint and strength?
I'm a liberal, and I didn't vote for him. I won't be voting for him in the upcoming election. Still, there's no reason I can't be honest about what I see here:

Iran has been bluffing all along. They claim to be able to unleash hell against anyone who attacks them. Okay, I can believe that. I'm not an expert on what various countries can or can't do.
I don't think it was a bluff - it was trash talk. They often say things intended for a regional or local audience.
Then Trump has one of their top people, and they themselves say he was highly important, killed. If Iran is ever going to do something big, now is the time. They have been directly provoked. They were punched right on the nose, for all the world to see. What do they do? A token retaliation. An 'attack' that pointedly does minimal damage. What does that tell you? It tells me that that's all they can do. All this time everyone has been scared of fearsome Iran and what they can do and they can't do shiat.
You are likely underestimating them. A lot of experts - especially deterrence experts said Iran made a smart move. They showed they had a sophisticated missile capability and our generals likely now know it is capable of precisely 'missing' targets. It wasn't just token retaliation. Also, instead of using a proxy they fired the missile from their own turf into a neighbor. A neighbor they fought a long war with. It was a careful response.
Is it possible that the military and/or intelligence people told Trump this? I think so. I think there's a good chance they explained what Iran would do in retaliation, because they knew that's all Iran could do. Everyone wants to believe this action was not thought out, because everyone dislikes Trump so much. What if it was thought out? The resolution, no war, is pure random luck? Really?
It isn't about luck. The point is that the *risk* Trump took wasn't worth a war. It could have spiraled. Let's say the Iranian missile attack accidentally or deliberately killed a lot of Americans or did a lot of damage then Trump would have boxed himself into a corner. So yes it worked out but it still was incredibly stupid. Incredibly stupid. Iran replaces this guy. The hardliners are now firmly in control. Our influence with our allies and Iraq is less than it was last week. People are sighing with relief but they also now have confirmation the guy is a loose cannon. Long-term there is a good chance this will not be seen as a victory.
All the talk about it setting relations with Iran back, and pushing them to acquire nuclear weapons, come on! It would be naive to think the US is getting along with Iran any time soon or that Iran is giving up on acquiring those weapons, with or without a deal. That's what I mean by 'business as usual'. The same games will be played as before.
We had a deal. All our allies were in on it. The compliance regime was being adhered to and was by all accounts working. It is all dust now. Trump isn't going to get a deal done. The hardliners *can not* sign a deal with Trump. And the Iranians are going to do something more than this. They'll hit a soft target at some point. This isn't over.

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Holman wrote:
Wed Jan 08, 2020 3:58 pm
Canadian sources say Ukrainian airliner was not brought down by a missile.
The initial assessment of Western intelligence agencies is that a Ukrainian airliner which crashed in Iran on Wednesday was not brought down by a missile, said a Canadian security source.

The source, who declined to be identified, said the agencies believed the Boeing 737 plane had suffered a technical malfunction.
That's a bit of a relief to be honest though obviously a tragedy for the families.

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gameoverman wrote:
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Then Trump has one of their top people, and they themselves say he was highly important, killed. If Iran is ever going to do something big, now is the time. They have been directly provoked. They were punched right on the nose, for all the world to see. What do they do? A token retaliation. An 'attack' that pointedly does minimal damage. What does that tell you? It tells me that that's all they can do. All this time everyone has been scared of fearsome Iran and what they can do and they can't do shiat.
It tells me that Iran is much better at this than you think they are. A full scale response would have been foolish and counter-productive for them and they know it.

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Alefroth wrote:
Wed Jan 08, 2020 4:58 pm
gameoverman wrote:
Wed Jan 08, 2020 3:18 pm

Then Trump has one of their top people, and they themselves say he was highly important, killed. If Iran is ever going to do something big, now is the time. They have been directly provoked. They were punched right on the nose, for all the world to see. What do they do? A token retaliation. An 'attack' that pointedly does minimal damage. What does that tell you? It tells me that that's all they can do. All this time everyone has been scared of fearsome Iran and what they can do and they can't do shiat.
It tells me that Iran is much better at this than you think they are. A full scale response would have been foolish and counter-productive for them and they know it.
That's my point though, I can't believe I've done such a poor job explaining it. Military/intelligence would be aware that Iran had specific limitations on how they could and couldn't respond. Proof of this is evident. As provocative as the assassination was, the response was muted. You don't think they had a list of possible Iranian responses, listed in order of likeliest to least likely? Whatever you think of Trump, I see no reason to think the military and intelligence people are unprofessional.

The other thing I want to point out is a lot of people seem to think their idea for what the US strategic goals in that area should be are in fact THE goals we should have. That's not true. It's just opinion. We've been in Iraq for many years now. To what end? Things are messy and have been since we invaded. Removing Saddam opened the door to Iran. For that reason, it's hard for me to get upset that Trump's actions have somehow benefited Iran strategically since we handed that strategic victory to Iran back in 2003. Iran has not been playing ball, they have not taken a hands off approach to Iraq. There's nothing to be gained in pretending like we were thisclose to ironing things out with them. The game remains the same. Iran wants to increase their influence in the area. They have friends in Iraq, so will continue to leverage that in order to increase that influence. The only questions we face are do we try to counter that influence and if so, how? Maybe the answer isn't negotiating, maybe it's killing Iranian agents of influence. Maybe that's the message this assassination was meant to convey.

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Trump's trashing of the Iran deal was a huge waste of opportunity. As it stood, it bought us a generation in which to coax Iran back into the fold of nations.

We've seen from the protests and the riven nature of Iranian society that that's where many of them want to be. They're not a land of rural tribesmen but a sophisticated urban society that was a cultural and economic jewel of the Middle East within living memory.

However, the fact that reform-minded Iranians would like better government does *not* mean they'll welcome invasion and forced regime change. (Show me the country that welcomes invasion.) To think otherwise is to embrace the stupid myth that inside every foreigner is an American just waiting to come out.
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Holman wrote:
Wed Jan 08, 2020 5:38 pm
Trump's trashing of the Iran deal was a huge waste of opportunity. As it stood, it bought us a generation in which to coax Iran back into the fold of nations.

We've seen from the protests and the riven nature of Iranian society that that's where many of them want to be. They're not a land of rural tribesmen but a sophisticated urban society that was a cultural and economic jewel of the Middle East within living memory.
This is such an important point. I feel like the U.S. public, fueled in part by the media, view Iran solely through the lens of the 1979 Revolution and the resulting theocracy. But the country and its people are not a monolith, and you're spot on about the sophisticated urban culture there. By rights, Iran and the Iranian people should be allies. The 1979 Revolution was and continues to be a tragic detour from where that country should be (and, yes, one that the U.S. has its hands all over as a result of our support for the Shah).
Holman wrote:
Wed Jan 08, 2020 5:38 pm
However, the fact that reform-minded Iranians would like better government does *not* mean they'll welcome invasion and forced regime change. (Show me the country that welcomes invasion.) To think otherwise is to embrace the stupid myth that inside every foreigner is an American just waiting to come out.
I find this really frightening. Like, crazy, John Carpenter "The Thing" horrific.
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Iran is complicated, and US opposition to the regime is just one part of that.

I feel like we could be so much more sane about it if more Americans just read (e.g.) Persepolis.
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Another thing to consider is that killing Soleimani validated his approach. He was the architect of their asymmetric strategy. Taking him out elevated his importance to the regime. He was enough of a thorn in our side that he became a HVT to the United States. His replacements are going to have more pull and authority as a result. And they'll be eager to get their revenge for real using his techniques. They'll act more circumspectly but I think we'll see over time that they'll still be very effective irregardless of the man himself.

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Regardless of the man himself.

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