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The USA is now at war, de-facto and de-jure, with BOTH Iraq and Iran

The Saker | January 5, 2020

First, let’s begin by a quick summary of what has taken place (note: this info is still coming in, so there might be corrections once the official sources make their official statements).

  1. Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdl Mahdi has now officially revealed that the US had asked him to mediate between the US and Iran and that General Qassem Soleimani was to come and talk to him and give him the answer to his mediation efforts. Thus, Soleimani was on an OFFICIAL DIPLOMATIC MISSION as part of a diplomatic initiative INITIATED BY THE USA.
  2. The Iraqi Parliament has now voted on a resolution requiring the government to press Washington and its allies to withdraw their troops from Iraq.
  3. Iraq’s caretaker PM Adil Abdul Mahdi said the American side notified the Iraqi military about the planned airstrike minutes before it was carried out. He stressed that his government denied Washington permission to continue with the operation.
  4. The Iraqi Parliament has also demanded that the Iraqi government must “work to end the presence of any foreign troops on Iraqi soil and prohibit them from using its land, airspace or water for any reason
  5. The Iraqi Foreign Ministry said that Baghdad has turned to the UN Security Council with complaints about US violations of its sovereignty.
  6. Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr said the parliamentary resolution to end foreign troop presence in the country did not go far enough, calling on local and foreign militia groups to unite. I also have confirmation that the Mehdi Army is being re-mobilized.
  7. The Pentagon brass is now laying the responsibility for this monumental disaster on Trump (see here). They are now slowly waking up to this immense clusterbleep and don’t want to be held responsible for what is coming next.
  8. For the first time in the history of Iran, a Red Flag was hoisted over the Holy Dome Of Jamkaran Mosque, Iran. This indicates that the blood of martyrs has been spilled and that a major battle will now happen. The text in the flag says “Oh Hussein we ask for your help” (unofficial translation)
  9. The US has announced the deployment of 3,000 soldiers from the 82nd Airborne to Kuwait.
  10. Finally, the Idiot-in-Chief tweeted the following message, probably to try to reassure his freaked out supporters: “The United States just spent Two Trillion Dollars on Military Equipment. We are the biggest and by far the BEST in the World! If Iran attacks an American Base, or any American, we will be sending some of that brand new beautiful equipment their way… and without hesitation!“. Apparently, he still thinks that criminally overspending for 2nd rate military hardware is going to yield victory…


Well, my first though when reading these bullet points is that General Qasem Soleimani has already struck out at Uncle Shmuel from beyond his grave. What we see here is an immense political disaster unfolding like a slow motion train wreck. Make no mistake, this is not just a tactical “oopsie”, but a major STRATEGIC disaster. Why?

For one thing, the US will now become an official and totally illegal military presence in Iraq. This means that whatever SOFA (Status Of Forces Agreement) the US and Iraq had until now is void.

Second, the US now has two options:

  1. Fight and sink deep into a catastrophic quagmire or
  2. Withdraw from Iraq and lose any possibility to keep forces in Syria

Both of these are very bad because whatever option Uncle Shmuel chooses, he will have lost whatever tiny level of credibility he has left, even amongst his putative “allies” (like the KSA which will now be left nose to nose with a much more powerful Iran than ever before).

The main problem with the current (and very provisional) outcome is that both the Israel Lobby and the Oil Lobby will now be absolutely outraged and will demand that the US try to use military power to regime change both Iraq and Iran.

Needless to say, that ain’t happening (only ignorant and incurable flag-wavers believe the silly claptrap about the US armed forces being “THE BEST”).

Furthermore, it is clear that by it’s latest terrorist action the USA has now declared war on BOTH Iraq and Iran.

This is so important that I need to repeat it again:

The USA is now at war, de-facto and de-jure, with BOTH Iraq and Iran.

I hasten to add that the US is also at war with most of the Muslim world (and most definitely all Shias, including Hezbollah and the Yemeni Houthis).

Next, I want to mention the increase in US troop numbers in the Middle-East. An additional 3,000 soldiers from the 82nd AB is what would be needed to support evacuations and to provide a reserve force for the Marines already sent in. This is NOWHERE NEAR the kind of troop numbers the US would need to fight a war with either Iraq or Iran.

Finally, there are some who think that the US will try to invade Iran. Well, with a commander in chief as narcissistically delusional as Trump, I would never say “never” but, frankly, I don’t think that anybody at the Pentagon would be willing to obey such an order. So no, a ground invasion is not in the cards and, if it ever becomes an realistic option we would first see a massive increase in the US troop levels, we are talking several tens of thousands, if not more (depending on the actual plan).

No, what the US will do if/when they attack Iran is what Israel did to Lebanon in 2006, but at a much larger scale. They will begin by a huge number of airstrikes (missiles and aircraft) to hit:

  1. Iranian air defenses
  2. Iranian command posts and Iranian civilian and military leaders
  3. Symbolic targets (like nuclear installations and high visibility units like the IRGC)
  4. Iranian navy and coastal defenses
  5. Crucial civilian infrastructure (power plants, bridges, hospitals, radio/TV stations, food storage, pharmaceutical installations,  schools, historical monuments and, let’s not forget that one, foreign embassies of countries who support Iran). The way this will be justified will be the same as what was done to Serbia: a “destruction of critical regime infrastructure” (what else is new?!)

Then, within about 24-48 hours the US President will go on air an announce to the world that it is “mission accomplished” and that “THE BEST” military forces in the galaxy have taught a lesson to the “Mollahs”.  There will be dances in the streets of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem (right until the moment the Iranian missiles will start dropping from the sky. At which point the dances will be replaced by screams about a “2nd Hitler” and the “Holocaust”).

Then all hell will break loose (I have discussed that so often in the past that I won’t go into details here).

In conclusion, I want to mention something more personal about the people of the US.

Roughly speaking, there are two main groups which I observed during my many years of life in the USA.

Group one: is the TV-watching imbeciles who think that the talking heads on the idiot box actually share real knowledge and expertise. As a result, their thinking goes along the following lines: “yeah, yeah, say what you want, but if the mollahs make a wrong move, we will simply nuke them; a few neutron bombs will take care of these sand niggers“. And if asked about the ethics of this stance, the usual answer is a “f**k them! they messed with the wrong guys, now they will get their asses kicked“.

Group two: is a much quieter group. It includes both people who see themselves as liberals and conservatives. They are totally horrified and they feel a silent rage against the US political elites. Friends, there are A LOT of US Americans out there who are truly horrified by what is done in their name and who feel absolutely powerless to do anything about it. I don’t know about the young soldiers who are now being sent to the Middle-East, but I know a lot of former servicemen who know the truth about war and about THE BEST military in the history of the galaxy and they are also absolutely horrified.

I can’t say which group is bigger, but my gut feeling is that Group Two is much bigger than Group One. I might be wrong.

January 5, 2020 - Posted by | Deception, War Crimes | , , ,


  1. “Furthermore, it is clear that by it’s latest terrorist action the USA has now declared war on BOTH Iraq and Iran”.

    Not to mention the False Flag attack on the Twin Towers which, in reality, declared War on the TRUTH(and the American people).
    The American Government(Dems and Repubs) has lied through its teeth to the American people, completely hoodwinking them. Donald Trump is, quite literally, a Murderer.


    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | January 5, 2020 | Reply

  2. Yes, to the concluding sentence in the first comment. And add, that the murderer has an accomplice, an accomplice in Israel. And add, that the murderer’s accomplice has partisans in the American government, in American political influence-making entities, in the American media, and on and on to the extent that they are functioning as decision makers, as agreeable enablers and encouragers.

    And note how Israel is not identified or included as a part of the decision making in the main stream media, or even by politicians, such as when Schumer speaks critically about what the President has done, which is to make things less safe at home and abroad. He wraps himself as concerned about America, so falsely honorable he wants it to seem, but so falsely; it’s not credible.

    The practice of shifting any blame is well in place. Trump is not only a murderer, but also becoming a patsy. It’s almost as though he doesn’t know what he’s doing, but he’s doing what is whispered to him to do.

    And a question to conclude this comment. Lee Harvey Oswald was killed by Jack Ruby, aka Jacob Leon Rubenstein, who subsequently and conveniently killed himself. Oswald said of himself that he was a patsy. With him dead, no truth could be extracted. With Rubenstein dead, no motive or connection could be extracted. The question then, is this: Will there be a Jack Ruby for Trump? Or will he unleash a war which will destroy the delicate fabric of civilization as it exists today?

    For surely an all-out war in the middle east will not only destroy much of the middle east and its structure of oil extraction, production and delivery, but it will unravel one committed, treaty-signed-nation after another treaty-signed nation to take part, exactly as happened with the First European War.

    Is this what you want, America? It’s what you are getting yourself and the rest of the world into.


    Comment by michael | January 5, 2020 | Reply

    • Fair enough. The USA Government does not run the USA. it does what its “DONORS” tell it what to do.


      Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | January 5, 2020 | Reply

  3. Excellent survey/analysis.

    I must continue to state in the midst of all this “noise”: Palestine Is Still THE Issue! Solve Palestine and all the other pieces of the puzzle will begin to sort themselves out and fit in where they belong. IMO, colonial/militant/political Zionism and its platform entity don’t belong…a chastened, secular “Israel”-cum-“Palesrael” would be acceptable. I volunteer my services to start the process, recognizing full well that assassination might be my reward….


    Comment by roberthstiver | January 6, 2020 | Reply

  4. Those of us who comment as evidenced above, as well as those who write the analysis to which we comment, are volunteering their services.

    But to really do so, would require a sort of coming out from web sites such as aletho news. That means becoming as active as the brave women of CodePink. Or as those women who publish with their name attached.

    I’ve been asked, by my wife, for example, what good or effect my commenting variously as on aletho news. Or, what good to continue to read of such criminality as conducted by Israel. Or America. Or Britain, as is the case of its incarceration of Julian Assange, for example, a glaring and so egregious state continued crime that it defies the Magna Carta, international law and on and on.

    So, assassination? Yes. Or character assassination. Or imprisonment, as is the case of Assange, Manning for exposing American military crimes. But, if not for them, the crimes of Israel, and its sure involvement in assassination–think Arafat, Bernadote, Corrie, et al–or its sure involvement in the assassination of JKF, or the attack on the USSLiberty, or the World Trade Center, or the purpose of Jeffrey Epstein’s operations in concert with Ehud Barack and the state of Israel, et cetera, and to continue the crimes listing, the so-called collateral damage.

    But, I know this is speaking to those who know of and are opposed to what is exposed and related here, on aletho news and other such like-minded web sites.

    But know that the readership of the web sites is far more than you might think.

    The object might best to broaden the awareness of the general public, to increase the objection in numbers.

    Sure, the main stream media is Zionist protecting, promoting and devoted. But how can devotion to crimes and immiseration be accepted and allowed by moral people, especially when those who benefit by it do so to the eventual destruction of those who allow it but don’t particularly suffer at present by its continuing?

    It may be, that commenting and an occasional march participation is all I can do. But I feel better about myself by this contribution to objecting to my country’s involvement, my encouraging the exposure of the true criminal nature and actions of Israel and its people. I include its people, because there aren’t enough of them objecting to have shown any much of a change in its nature and actions, thus the people of Israel are guilty of the crimes.

    I want to sway America away from its commitment to being a partner in the Israeli enterprise; I want to sway America away from all that is written about its criminality, as exposed by so many, many writers who know more than I know and give the information to be informed of what must not continue…

    if this present world-wide civilization is to continue. Otherwise, the path Israel and its willing conspirators will lead to destruction and chaos.


    Comment by michael | January 6, 2020 | Reply

    • An excellent, and stimulating, rumination!

      I’ve attended more pro-Palestinian/anti-Ziomonster rallies than I can count since I retired in 2000. I participated in numerous anti-war rallies from Oct 2002-Mar 2003 during the run-up to Dubya’s Shattering of Iraq on Behalf of the Ziomonster (also wrote perhaps 10 e-mails to the then-Pope begging that he travel to Baghdad and stay there until Dubya’s insanity was stopped; no response, no action). I co-produced some 350 pro-Palestinian programs, 3,000 or so airhours, on my local public-access cable TV system between 2005 and 2011 listing my name and number in the closing credits; in those years, I received far less than 10 positive calls. I organized and presented the first-of-its-kind Palestine Film Festival on the campus of a local university in 2011. I’ve donated many times to your well-called-out and tireless Code Pink and innumerable (too innumerable; they are so unfocused as to be counter-productive…now, “focused” = the Zionists…!) pro-Palestine organizations and causes. (I donate regularly to If Americans Knew, IMO the best of the best.)

      I’m now 76 yo, spine-crippled and discouraged. I still hate injustice and the Zionist juggernaut. To what avail?–sadly, to no avail. In resignation, I have reduced myself to commenting where possible and as candidly as possible on good sites like Aletho News; I vowed 4-5 years ago never to open an Aletho News release without commenting on it — often in extreme language designed, in my hope, to trigger pro and/or con discourse that might lead to an “awareness” such as you describe and/or a groundswell toward true awakening and action. To what avail?–sadly,….

      (Every one of my TV endeavors began with this statement devised by me and my co-producer: “For the Palestinians, yesterday was worse than the day before; today is worse than yesterday; tomorrow will be worse than today.” In this 2020, I continue every day to suffer — vicariously — with them, for whom today will surely be worse than yesterday.)

      Our country is a monster, the lesser partner to the USraeli “entangling alliance” that never ceases to further entangle and do monstrous harm everywhere.

      We are all Palestinians now.


      Comment by roberthstiver | January 6, 2020 | Reply

  5. Good Will Hunting reference: What honor is there in targeted assassination by remote controlled drones?
    A Few Good Men reference: You don’t need a badge on your arm to have honor.
    Archbishop Romero reference: You are not defending, you are attacking.
    Careful who tells you that you are a hero and that you have acted honorably.


    Comment by potassium bromide | January 6, 2020 | Reply

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