Now that Donald Trump’s decision to assassinate Iranian leader Soleimani has blown up in his face, and two-thirds of Americans say the move has made the United States less safe, the Trump regime is left trying to explain why the move was made at all. The story keeps changing, with Trump asserting that Soleimani was about to imminently attack either one U.S. embassy or four U.S. embassies.
Even as Trump keeps trying to push the notion that he knew a specific attack was going to happen at any moment, his underlings are now trying to move the goalposts. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said this to Fox News: “There is no doubt that there were a series of imminent attacks being plotted by Qasem Soleimani. We don’t know precisely when and we don’t know precisely where, but it was real.”
Wait a minute here, because that’s not what “imminent” means. This prompted House Intel Committee Chairman Adam Schiff to state the obvious:
I’ve been a member of the Intel Committee for over a decade.
Been briefed hundreds of times on threats — some imminent, some not. When targeting a top gov’t official for killing:
“We don’t know precisely when and we don’t know precisely where,” does not constitute “imminent.”
What stands out here is that Donald Trump and his regime increasingly can’t get their lies straight. It’s one thing to keep changing the party line, as the story falls apart. It’s another thing for different top members of the Trump regime to not even be telling the same lie at the same time. And now we’ve got Mike Pompeo screwing up and admitting that there never was any imminent attack.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report