January 3, 2020
Gosh folks, we here at AP thought that 2020 would be even more boring than 2019 was.
Which is why, on New Year’s Eve, we took all twenty-three of our associate solitary reporters to Denver’s swankiest bar (it’s in an undisclosed location) to ring in the new year.
The 238-pound oaf who spends more time on his luxury golf
courses — he’s been at Mar-a-Lago for quite a few days now, and, at last report, he’s still there — than in his Oval Office — demands adulation from his base and from foreign leaders, unless they’re Iranians.
His close personal friend in Moscow, who unmistakably helped him get to where he is today, has condemned the killing of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani — a man who looked as though he had been sent straight from Central Casting.
Yesterday, a US air strike killed, among others, the Commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard near the Baghdad airport (he wasn’t supposed to be there), and angry protests erupted in Teheran and in Pakistan and in major Shi’ite areas of Iraq (https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/03/politics/donald-trump-qasem-soleimani-iran-us/index.html).
As of press time, how Iran will retaliate is unknown, but it’s sure to be serious.
This morning, NPR’s Steve Inskeep interviewed Senator Chris Murphy, Democrat of Connecticut.
The major question, of course, was whether Donald Trump — who says he wants peace, only he doesn’t — should have consulted with Congress before ordering the killing of an extremely powerful Iranian military leader.
That question was promptly answered — only, unfortunately, off air — by our Chief Internaional Correspondent, associate solitary reporter Larry Theis, and by our Chief Middle East Correspondent, associate solitary reporter Mahmoud Aziz — and, of course, by our Chief Congressional Correspondent, associate solitary reporter Melissa Smith.
To a person, they said, “Absolutely he should have consulted with Congress! The Iranians say this was an act of war!”
As soon as the killing of Gen. Soleimani was announced, ASR Smith was camped outside the office of Sen. Rand Paul (TP-Kentucky), a well-known isolationist. Sen. Paul wasn’t any too happy about the matter, either.
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