Is Trump destroying the world? A few hours in front of the television might lead you to believe so.
Heck — according to Democratic California Rep. Ro Khanna, the President’s move against Soleimani is grounds for impeachment — get that guy outta the White House before he blows us up like the Death Star.
Yet, how’s the unemployment rate? Or the economy?
How’s the market?
On Wednesday, Trump spoke about Iran’s assault on two American military bases in Iraq, declaring that no personnel were killed. Furthermore, he explained, Iran “appears to be standing down.”
And — following the President’s announcement — stocks soared.
Here’s how the Prez delivered it:
“I am pleased to inform you — the American people should be extremely grateful and happy: No Americans were harmed in last night’s attack by the Iranian regime. We suffered no casualties. All of our soldiers are safe, and only minimal damage was sustained at our military bases.”
And we’re at the ready:
“Our great American forces are prepared for anything.”
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) January 8, 2020
No life was lost “because of the precautions taken, the dispersal of forces, and an early warning system that worked very well.”
Now the terror sponsor has said it wants to deescalate:
“Iran appears to be standing down, which is a good thing for all parties concerned, and a very good thing for the world.”
The Wall Street response — as reported by CNBC — was intense:
Stocks rose sharply on Wednesday after President Donald Trump spoke about an attack by Iran on an Iraqi airbase that houses American troops, which had led to a massive sell-off in overnight trading. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 255 points, or 0.9%.
So: The President took a strong stance, America took out a terrorist leader, and Iran appears to be settling down.
As for the West Asian country’s “destructive and destabilizing behavior,” the Commander-in-Chief vowed that “those days are over.”
What we know so far:
—Iran said it had “concluded” its attacks on American forces in Iraq and did not "seek escalation or war"
—President Trump suggested that damages and casualties sustained by American forces were minimal
— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 8, 2020
That tweet’s from The New York Times, which also delivered this:
“Knowing General Suleimani was out there made me feel safer,” said a student about the commander killed in an American drone strike. “He was like a security umbrella above our country.” Listen today's episode of The Daily. https://t.co/U3YUEnxqtX
— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 7, 2020
Who are we supposed to be rooting for here?
Either way, according to Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, Iran retaliated against Soleimani’s killing, and now — it seems — the episode’s over:
Iran took & concluded proportionate measures in self-defense under Article 51 of UN Charter targeting base from which cowardly armed attack against our citizens & senior officials were launched.
We do not seek escalation or war, but will defend ourselves against any aggression.
— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) January 8, 2020
In addition to announcing that our boys and girl are safe, Trump explained his reasons for okaying the initial airstrike:
“Last week, we took decisive action to stop a ruthless terrorist from threatening American lives. At my direction, the United States Military eliminated the world’s top terrorist, (General) Qasem Soleimani.”
Here’s a bit more about the general:
“As the heads of the Quds Force, Soleimani was personally responsible for some of the absolutely worst atrocities. He trained terrorist armies — including Hezbollah — launching terrorist strikes against civilian targets. He fueled bloody civil wars all across the region. He viciously wounded and murdered thousands of U.S. troops, including the planting of roadside bombs that maim and dismember their victims. Soleimani directed the recent attacks on U.S. personnel in Iraq that badly wounded four service members and killed one American, and he orchestrated the violent assault on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. In recent days, he was planning new attacks on American targets, but we stopped him.”
So here we are, set for peace:
“The United States is ready to embrace peace with all who seek it.”
And now that Soleimani’s been stopped, how’s the impact so far?
Well, as per CNBC, it’s record-setting:
The Nasdaq Composite advanced 1% and hit an all-time high. The S&P 500 climbed 0.8% and hit a record high as well.
Sounds great. Now let’s await universal applause.
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