Trump’s Thursday Morning Tweets About Iran Are Terrifying Preludes To War

As we suspected would happen if the real life Orange Troll was put in the White House, war is coming, and perhaps with multiple enemies. This isn’t hyperbole. This isn’t exaggeration. Trump is using Twitter to pick fights with other countries across the globe and it’s absolutely terrifying.

This morning, Trump decided Twitter was the best place to carry out his foreign diplomacy, because when we are on the brink of World War III that could cost the lives of thousands (or even millions),  clearly a message limited to 140 characters is the way to go.

Now, this isn’t to say that Iran’s action of firing of a ballistic missile shouldn’t see sanctions or other repercussions. Even Tim Kaine appeared on CNN this morning to say he supports adding sanctions for the threat. However, that isn’t something that needs to be playing out in the Twitterverse. This is real life. Doesn’t he have any big boy pants lying around?

FFS, someone get the President of the United States some big boy pants!


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And, he is still clinging on to this idea that the United States just wrote Iran a check for $150 billion.

He started this rhetoric in March of last year when he said in a speech from Mar-a-lago that “we give them $150 billion, we get nothing.”

One of the broadcasters was saying ‘is there anger?’ And, I said, I’m supposed to say, ‘No, there’s not we love the way things are working. We love the deal you made with Iran it’s wonderful you give ’em 150 billion dollars, we get nothing.’

Except, that’s not how it works. That’s not how any of this works.

Pulitzer Prize winning Politifact tore down these claims in a story they ran immediately following Trump’s statement.

Restrictions on Iranian assets — such as the $1.9 billion the National Iranian Oil Company was restricted from collecting from Shell for delivering crude supplies — began to thaw this year. Per the Iran deal, nuclear inspectors verified in January that Tehran was doing enough to curb its nuclear program, prompting the United States and other countries to lift the sanctions.

Just how much money was being held up?

Experts say $150 billion is the high end of estimates or, as Malloy put it, “what it could possibly be in the broadest imagination.” Most peg the the total value of Iranian assets at around $100 billion, but Iran probably still won’t be able to access all of it.

We didn’t give Iran money. We agreed to lift sanctions if they complied to terms set forth by multiple countries in the world regarding their nuclear program.


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Of course, in this post-Trumpocalypse world, facts and alternative facts are to be given equal time in the press according to the new administration and the President of the United States prefers the alternative variety.

The dangers of Trump’s rhetoric may be lost on his most ardent supporters, but are not so easily ignored by those who have more than the standard issue two brain cells of the typical Trumpster.

Again, about those big boy pants. . . seriously, can someone get on that? STAT! The fate of the world rests on this.


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