As Iran retaliates following last week’s drone assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, there are real concerns of a war with Iran breaking out as a result.
However, Fox News host Sean Hannity – a man with many close connections to the Trump administration – does not seem to be worried. He issued a message of relative peace on his Tuesday show, perhaps in an attempt to quell fears of World War III on the horizon.
Hannity explained that President Trump is not planning to put troops on the ground, and it is instead the Washington D.C. swamp that wants to send troops to die in the Middle East.
“We don’t want boots on the ground. The president has made it clear that he’s not putting boots on the ground,” Hannity said.
“Might need a few more intelligence people to protect very specific areas. I know the Washington swamp creatures, they like to send our kids to war,” he added.
Hannity has previously talked tough on Iran and cautioned his audience about the threat the country poses to American interests for many years. He has often been among the neocon war hawks calling for a more belligerent approach in dealing with the Islamic Republic.
“Mr. ‘Death to America, death to Israel’ radicals like President Rouhani … You now dare to threaten the United States of America again,” Hannity said earlier this week. “You have zero territorial integrity in the country of Iraq. And Soleimani is responsible for the deaths of thousands, including our fellow Americans. You are the leader of the number one terrorist state in the world. You, Rouhani, are a mass murderer, just like Soleimani.”
“There is a special place in hell that awaits you,” Hannity added.
Hannity’s shift in rhetoric likely coincides with the administration’s goals, as they realize a full-blown war with Iran would be an Iraq-level disaster. President Trump once called the Iraq war the “worst single mistake” in U.S. history, and he has talked frequently about bringing the troops home from endless wars in the Middle East. A major conflict with Iran could cost the President crucial support among a war-weary public with his potential re-election right around the corner.
It was previously announced that President Trump would make an address regarding Iran tonight, but that has been postponed to tomorrow morning.
Trump released a tweet signaling that he may be ready to de-escalate tensions with Iran now that the two nations have traded blows:
All is well! Missiles launched from Iran at two military bases located in Iraq. Assessment of casualties & damages taking place now. So far, so good! We have the most powerful and well equipped military anywhere in the world, by far! I will be making a statement tomorrow morning.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 8, 2020
The possibility of a war with Iran may not come to fruition, but the days to come will be exceedingly crucial to keeping the peace.
NEW: Joe Biden Bashes Incoming Trump Administration In Leaked 2016 Call to President of Ukraine
Joe Biden speaks in critical and partisan terms of the incoming Trump administration in a new leaked call to the President of Ukraine unveiled Wednesday.
In the call, conducted in November 2016 a week after then-candidate Trump’s election victory, Biden bashes the incoming administration to the foreign leader, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Biden assails the Trump transition team as incompetent, turning down the idea of visiting the country before the January transition before Trump is “fully briefed” on matters related to Ukraine.
In a second call, Biden asks for Poroshenko to describe his conversations with incoming President Trump, going to to speak of Trump in more dismissive terms. He describes Trump as a “dog who caught the car, and who doesn’t know what to do.” Not quite a “dog-faced pony soldier,” but definitely not an appropriate way for an outgoing vice president to describe an incoming president to a foreign leader.
A Ukrainian comedian originally released the calls, suggesting questionable operational security within the conversations of Joe Biden and Poroshenko. Biden has a lengthy history of ethical questions regarding his relationship with Ukraine, including looking the other way as his son Hunter secured an extremely lucrative position at a Ukrainian oil company without any experience whatsoever in the energy industry.
Biden himself would later go on to demand the firing of a Ukrainian prosecutor who was investigating corruption allegations against the younger Biden, a clear conflict of interest Biden merely dismissed when he spoke openly of securing the prosecutor’s firing at a Council on Foreign Relations public event.
This is a totally inappropriate way for a Vice President to speak to a foreign leader, and the public should be concerned about how Biden plans to conduct diplomacy should he be elected President.
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