New York Times journalist Farnaz Fassihi offered what some of her critics described as a “eulogy” to killed Iranian terrorist leader Qasem Suleimani after she posted a video of him reciting poetry.
“Rare personal video of Gen. Suleimani reciting poetry shared by a source in #Iran. About friends departing & him being left behind,” tweeted Fassihi alongside a video of Suleimani.
— Farnaz Fassihi (@farnazfassihi) January 3, 2020
Given that Suleimani was responsible for the deaths of innumerable American citizens as well as orchestrating “a campaign of chaos against the United States around the world,” some questioned the tone of Fassihi’s response.
“Thoughts and prayers to you and your family at this time of sorrow,” quipped one respondent.
“Whenever you think the media can’t go lower, they surprise you!” commented Mike Cernovich.
“This man was a terrorist who murdered hundreds of American soldiers and this New York Times reporter is tweeting out video clips in an apparent effort to humanize him,” remarked Ryan Saavedra.
This man was a terrorist who murdered hundreds of American soldiers and this New York Times reporter is tweeting out video clips in an apparent effort to humanize him https://t.co/V1TaB5C6vM
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) January 3, 2020
“This comes as close as this left-wing journalist dares to a eulogy for Suleimani. How could he be this evil figure? The man was a gentle soul and a lover of poetry! Next up: A touching photograph of Hitler painting a sunset,” tweeted Dinesh D’Souza.
This comes as close as this left-wing journalist dares to a eulogy for Suleimani. How could he be this evil figure? The man was a gentle soul and a lover of poetry! Next up: A touching photograph of Hitler painting a sunset https://t.co/DpHHY2OEzz
— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) 3 January 2020
After the backlash, Fassihi tried to defend herself, tweeting, “Folks attacking me for sharing this video: It’s called reporting. It’s not an endorsement or sympathy. I share whatever info I get for all to see. That’s all.”
Folks attacking me for sharing this video: It's called reporting. It's not an endorsement or sympathy. I share whatever info I get for all to see. That's all.
— Farnaz Fassihi (@farnazfassihi) January 3, 2020
Now we’re just waiting on the Washington Post to describe Suleimani as an “austere religious scholar.”
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Trump Is The Anti-War President
“No blood in the sand, much less expensive”
During one of three rallies in Pennsylvania Monday, President Trump celebrated the one year anniversary of the killing of ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi, which effectively ended the genocidal terrorist group.
Trump told the crowd that he has presided over taking out the world’s top terrorists.
“Exactly one year ago today, we killed the leader of ISIS, al-Baghdadi. And we took out the world’s number one terrorist, Soleimani is dead. And we took 100 percent of the ISIS caliphate, you know that, 100 percent,” Trump boomed.
“Instead of never-ending wars, we are forging peace in the Middle East,” Trump added.
“No blood in the sand, much less expensive,” he proclaimed, adding “They’re tired of fighting all the time. They’re tired. We’re bringing our soldiers back from Afghanistan, all coming back.”
Breitbart News notes that Trump has achieved this while drawing DOWN US troops’ presence in land wars in the Middle East, where for years his predecessors mired the US in endless wars.
“In Afghanistan, Trump is slated to bring home approximately 4,000 U.S. troops from America’s longest war. When he first entered office in January 2017, there were approximately 8,600 forces there. That number will be 4,500 by the end of November,” the report notes.
It further points out that “Trump wants to bring down forces in Afghanistan even further, to 2,500 by early next year, and pull out all forces by the middle of 2021.”
The President has also ordered the number of troops in Iraq reduced to 3,000, down from 5,200 when he took office.
It’s the same story in Syria, where Trump has reduced troop numbers from around 2,000 to 500.
Trump has also overseen one of the century’s most expansive peace deals, by rejecting ‘conventional’ wisdom. Only this President could have done that.
The deal is still continuing to evolve and expand.
“Our Agenda is One of Optimism, Prosperity, and True American Pride!” Trump told the crowd Monday:
Trump is the anti-war President.
Biden is a diehard globalist.
Report: Trump Determined To Get US Troops Out Of Afghanistan
Coronavirus spread providing more reason to bring troops home.
Reports this week have once again shed light on President Trump’s continued efforts to get US troops out of the middle east and away from conflicts pursued by his predecessors.
A report by NBC news notes that Trump “complains almost daily” that US troops are still in Afghanistan, and that now they are at risk from the coronavirus outbreak.
“His renewed push to withdraw all of them has been spurred by the convergence of his concern that coronavirus poses a force protection issue for thousands of U.S. troops in Afghanistan and his impatience with the halting progress of his peace deal with the Taliban,” officials have told NBC.
“U.S. officials worry the virus could become rampant in Afghanistan, given its lack of health care and testing and its shared border with Iran, which has been hit hard by the pandemic.” the report adds.
“Afghanistan is going to have a significant coronavirus issue,” a former senior U.S. official said. “It hasn’t really manifested yet but it will.”
As highlighted in other reports, Afghanistan’s relatively substandard health ministry is preparing to be overrun by “millions” of coronavirus cases.
According to the NBC report, Trump isn’t happy with the progress of US and NATO troops being withdrawn from the country, which was part of a deal signed with the Taliban in February.
The accord paved the way for a large US troop reduction to 8,600 within 135 days of signing, numbers that are not being achieved quickly enough for Trump.
The report notes that military advisors are worried that troops will also have to be be withdrawn from elsewhere if they’re brought home from Afghanistan.
“The president’s military advisers have made the case to him that if the U.S. pulls troops out of Afghanistan because of the coronavirus, by that standard the Pentagon would also have to withdraw from places like Italy, which has been hit particularly hard by the pandemic, officials said.”
It’s difficult to imagine that Trump would have much of a problem with that either.
World War 3? US Accuses China Of Testing Secret NUKES
State Dept. issues report noting ‘high tempo of activity at China’s Lop Nur test site’.
The United States has accused China of setting off underground nuclear bombs, conducting banned nuclear tests while the world is focused on the coronavirus crisis.
As if things weren’t already bad enough between the two nations, a US State Department report made public by The Wall Street Journal confirmed the charges earlier this week.
“The concerns stem from the high tempo of activity at China’s Lop Nur test site, extensive excavations at the site, and Beijing’s purported use of special chambers to contain explosions.” the State Department report suggests.
The report raises concerns about whether China is abiding to the US-interpreted “zero yield” standard on nuclear testing, which is a reference to a type of nuclear test whereby there is no explosive chain reaction of the type ignited by the detonation of a nuclear warhead.
The report also claimed Beijing blocked data transmissions from sensors linked to an international monitoring center, a claim that was disputed by the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization in China.
If the accusations are true, China, which is estimated to have about 300 nuclear weapons, would be in violation of the 1996 Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), which prohibits any nuclear reactions involving explosives.
Neither China nor the US has officially ratified the treaty, however, which means each is still relying purely on the word of the other, and on-site inspections cannot be conducted.
China responded to the accusations by angrily denying them as ‘false’.
“China has always adopted a responsible attitude, earnestly fulfilling the international obligations and promises it has assumed,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said, adding “The US criticism of China is entirely groundless, without foundation, and not worth refuting.”
There have been some concerns among more hawkish Republicans that the US is not keeping up with China in terms of nuclear arms development, thus some have been trying to influence President Trump to ditch the CTBT, allowing the US to start new testing of its own.
An anonymous senior US official told The Guardian that “The pace and manner by which the Chinese government is modernising its stockpile is worrying, destabilising, and illustrates why China should be brought into the global arms control framework.”
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