Who Was That Contractor, Anyway?

On Friday, December 27, 2019 rockets hit an Iraqi airbase and killed a US civilian. The chain of events that this set off continues to escalate almost daily.

  • Two days later the US retaliated by launching airstrikes in Iraq that killed 25 members of a Iran-backed militia.
  • Two more days later thousands of Iraqis protested the airstrikes by storming the US embassy in Baghdad.
  •  Another three days passed and the US retaliated further by killing one of Iran’s top generals when he arrived in Iraq, along with several others.

The Iranians have threatened their own retaliation, but then they scored an own goal by mistakenly shooting down a civilian airliner, so that won’t happen for a while, if ever.

All of this because one US civilian was killed. The news reports called him a ‘contractor’ but did not disclose what this person’s job was or who they worked for. Was the person a mercenary doing dirty work for the US military? Was the company they worked for a big contributor to Trump or the Republicans? Was Rudy Giuliani involved somehow?

This information will come out eventually. When it does, it will likely be very interesting.

Trump’s Lucky Iran Break

How lucky can you get? An Iranian backed militia kills a US citizen in Iraq. Donald Trump slaps them. The other side hits back.  The US gets serious and kills a top Iranian general. Everybody is waiting see what the Iranians do to retaliate. But before they can do anything, they shoot themselves in the foot.

Well, not exactly the foot. The Iranians shoot down a Ukrainian airliner with a bunch of their own citizens on board. Iranians that were angry at Trump for killing their general are now angry at their generals for killing Iranians. The generals can’t blame this on Trump – instead, they pretty much have to admit being criminally inept.

What a cruel own-goal for the Iranians. What a lucky break for Trump. He should go buy a lottery ticket. Oh, wait, nevermind, he’s a billionaire – he doesn’t need the money.