A Serious Question For Those Quickly Marching To The Drumbeats Of War

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Dear Trumpers, I have a serious question for you. You believe Soleimani had to be killed because he was one of the worst enemies of America, responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Americans. You believe this because your President tells you so. He’s a man with a long record of lying, but you believe this because he tells you so. It would indeed be so much nicer if this Administration had any credibility.

Here’s the question. I want you to go to a mirror, look hard at yourself, and ask it. Had you ever heard of Soleimani before his death? Even once? His picture appears above. Did you know that before you read this?

Had you ever heard of Soleimani before his death? Even once?

You are told, and you believe, that Soleimani is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Americans. You believe this because Trump tells you so. Can you name a single such American victim? Just one American’s name, even now? Can Trump?

Speaking of Trump, had you ever heard him mention Soleimani before his death? This supposed worst enemy of the nation, one deserving of risking war to kill him, did you hear Trump once tweet about him? Even a single word? I’ll answer this one for you. You did not. In his entire life President Trump publicly mentioned Soleimani only once. The context was even more concerning. In 2015 a reporter asked Trump about Soleimani and Trump responded complaining about the “gotcha questions” because he had no idea who Soleimani was.

This nation could be rushing towards a war over the death of a man you had never heard once of before this week. Today he is an international super-villain, worth risking war over. Bigger than bin Laden, so you are told. A week ago you did not know he existed.

I am not saying Soleimani was a good guy. Perhaps he really was the uber-arch terrorist fiend you have been told over the last few days that he was.

I am saying that you should soberly reflect on how quickly you have accepted a narrative, from a dishonest administration, potentially driving us to war. Give pause as to how quickly you have found yourself marching in lockstep to the sudden drumbeats of war.

Retired lawyer & Army vet in The Villages of Florida. Lifelong: Republican (pre-Trump), Constitution buff, science nerd & dog lover. Twitter: @KeithDB80

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