Before you say – oh here’s someone with a tin foil hat on or a conspiracy monger – just take a few moments and consider many baffling elements of Suleimani’s death. None of it makes sense. There is in fact a very credible case for mass manipulation of the public, and for the death itself to have been a hoax.
Here are 10 reasons why this could be true:
- There is no physical evidence that Suleimani died.
The best evidence out there is a picture of a ring on a hand on grass. Let’s not forget he was killed inside a car on a road. There is nothing else. By the way, this happened at 3 am in the morning, in total darkness. For some reason Suleimani was traveling in a separate car to his Iraqi hosts. He could have switched just before entering his car. He was traveling on a diplomatic passport, on a civil flight on an official visit to the Iraqi Prime Minister (that was previously scheduled). He was simply too public and open in contrast to his previous movements in the region. Its very inconsistent with his prior activities.
- This Was a Great Propaganda Coup For Trump
“Iran is talking very boldly about targeting certain USA assets as revenge for our ridding the world of their terrorist leader,” Trump tweeted. “Let this serve as a WARNING that if Iran strikes any Americans, or American assets, we have … targeted 52 Iranian sites (representing the 52 American hostages taken by Iran many years ago), some at a very high level & important to Iran & the Iranian culture, and those targets, and Iran itself, WILL BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD. The USA wants no more threats!”
Iranian radicals seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran on November 4, 1979, taking 52 Americans hostage for 444 days in retaliation for longstanding U.S. support for the recently deposed shah. In November 1980, with the standoff ongoing, Carter lost his bid for reelection to Ronald Reagan. The hostages were finally released minutes before Reagan’s inauguration on Jan. 20th, 1981.
In one shot he killed senior Iraqi militia leaders; appeased his base and the folks looking for revenge against Iran and set the stage for normalization with Iranians.
- Great Propaganda Coup for the Mullahs
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei reacted to Suleimani’s death in a U.S. drone strike by vowing “harsh retaliation.”
If he had a secret deal with Iran’s mullahs, well one great irony about the strike on Suleimani, whose status approached that of national icon, is that it has hardened popular Iranian sentiment against the US while simultaneously shoring up the regime. It’s a great coup for the regime.
- Suleimani’s Daughter Lives in the US, and Is a US Citizen
The daughter of recently deactivated Iranian terrorist Qassem Soleimani has been busy making brazen, open threats on the lives of American soldiers and their families in retaliation for the death of her father.
“Zainab Suleimani, Qassim Suleimani, is like many of the children of officials in the US citizenship system. They have sworn to the American flag to get their citizenship and are seeking revenge on America today.”
Might Suleimani appear in the US, with a new face, without a beard? And play with his grandchildren? Why not?
- The Ballistic Missiles Were Off Base
Iran deliberately missed causing maximum damage to two US bases in Iraq, with most of its ballistic missiles failing to hit their target, intelligence sources claimed today
The attack took place at approximately 5:30pm EST. The exact number of missiles launched is unknown and described by the Pentagon as “more than a dozen”, with PBS reporting the missile count at 15. The Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, the paramilitary organization that controls the country’s ballistic missile force claimed it had fired “tens” of missiles.
- The US Had No Legal Basis,
There was NO imminent threat, and there has been no real ‘threat’ articulated (even secretly to congress who have oversight authority). “They were looking to blow up our embassy,” Trump told reporters during a previously scheduled event at the White House. “We caught a total monster.” This was positioned as the “the anti-Benghazi”. And then quickly add that Soleimani, who commanded Iran’s intelligence and special-operations forces and Iranian-allied militias in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, “had more than that particular embassy in mind.”
The White House said that Iran “was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region.” But planning an attack does NOT mean there was an imminent threat. But then Trump said he didn’t want to go to Congress for more authorization because “you have to make split second decisions.”
To make things worse, Suleimani was on a diplomatic mission. It would be like killing the North Korean leader while visiting Trump in Singapore. Killing Suleimani this way, against international law, would put American Diplomats and Politicians at risk in the future.
- There Was No (Real) Congressional Briefing (about What Could have been World War 3)
Let’s just share a quote from a Republican member of congress about the briefing (for what was billed as World War 3) “They had to leave after 75 minutes, while they’re in the process of telling us that we need to be good little boys and girls and run along and not debate this in public,” Lee said. “I find that absolutely insane. I think it’s unacceptable.”
- Suddenly Trump is Talking of a New Iran Nuclear Deal and Removal of Iran Sanctions
Just yesterday, Trump urged those countries (in the JCPOA) that remain in the deal to pursue negotiations over a new Iran nuclear deal! After apparently killing a senior Iranian General, and Iran threatened retaliation, Trump is suddenly Iran Regime’s best friend!? Isn’t that strange?
- Suddenly, Very Quickly There are New Internal US communications For a Retreat
Within hours of the Iran ballistic missile attack, a cable was sent to US embassies, telling US diplomats not to meet with (Iranian Opposition groups) Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK) or five other groups because it could damage the United States’ chances to negotiate with Iran: “Direct U.S. government engagement with these groups could prove counterproductive to our (US) policy goal of seeking a comprehensive deal with the Iranian regime that addresses its destabilizing behavior,” the cable said, according to Bloomberg. Suddenly a deal is possible?
Then a letter was released within hours of the killing, by a senior American officer to directed to Iraq’s government saying US will be moving out. And just today, Kuwait’s defense minister said it has received a letter from the Commander in Chief of a U.S. military camp in Kuwait “declaring imminent withdrawal of all U.S. military forces in three days,” state news agency KUNA said on Wednesday.
There is a peace deal in Afghanistan too, where Iran (and its proxies are parties). In effect, US is pulling its troops out of Afghanistan too.
Basically, Trump is moving troops out of ALL countries surrounding Iran (as he promised in his campaign); while at the same time evoking aggressive rhetoric of killing an “Iranian General” and threatening Iran with bombings (so there is no political cost to this withdrawal). It’s a brilliant propaganda coup for what is in fact a withdrawal.
Let’s not forget that one sticking issue Israel had with the JCPOA, was Iran’s Ballistic missile program. And now, with the US leaving Iran’s neighborhood, Iran can dial down their program (believing there is no imminent threat of US invasion). Basically, Iran has suddenly achieved its strategic goal of getting the US out of its neighborhood.
- Suleimani Was in fact a US Operative, He Was Not an Enemy
Suleimani was a surprisingly important operative in the region, carrying out important strategic objectives for the U.S.! He was NOT the enemy. Here are the facts linked to specific US campaigns:
In the chaotic days after the attacks of September 11th, Ryan Crocker, then a senior State Department official, flew discreetly to Geneva to meet a group of Iranian diplomats. “I’d fly out on a Friday and then back on Sunday, so nobody in the office knew where I’d been,” Crocker told me. “We’d stay up all night in those meetings.” It seemed clear to Crocker that the Iranians were answering to Suleimani, whom they referred to as “Haji Qassem,” and that they were eager to help the United States destroy their mutual enemy, the Taliban. Although the United States and Iran broke off diplomatic relations in 1980, after American diplomats in Tehran were taken hostage, Crocker wasn’t surprised to find that Suleimani was flexible. “You don’t live through eight years of brutal war without being pretty pragmatic,” he said. Sometimes Suleimani passed messages to Crocker, but he avoided putting anything in writing. “Haji Qassem’s way too smart for that,” Crocker said. “He’s not going to leave paper trails for the Americans.”
Before the bombing began, Crocker sensed that the Iranians were growing impatient with the Bush Administration, thinking that it was taking too long to attack the Taliban. At a meeting in early October 2001, the lead Iranian negotiator stood up and slammed a sheaf of papers on the table. “If you guys don’t stop building these fairy-tale governments in the sky, and actually start doing some shooting on the ground, none of this is ever going to happen!” he shouted. “When you’re ready to talk about serious fighting, you know where to find me.” He stomped out of the room. “It was a great moment,” Crocker said.
The cooperation between the two countries lasted through the initial phase of the war. At one point, the lead negotiator handed Crocker a map detailing the disposition of Taliban forces. “Here’s our advice: hit them here first, and then hit them over here. And here’s the logic.” Stunned, Crocker asked, “Can I take notes?” The negotiator replied, “You can keep the map.” The flow of information went both ways. On one occasion, Crocker said, he gave his counterparts the location of an Al Qaeda facilitator living in the eastern city of Mashhad. The Iranians detained him and brought him to Afghanistan’s new leaders, who, Crocker believes, turned him over to the U.S. The negotiator told Crocker, “Haji Qassem is very pleased with our cooperation.”
Iran was crucial to enabling a successful US invasion of Afghanistan after 9/11; and Suleimani was Iran’s principal contact with the U.S.!
Iraq War and General Petreus:
The U.S. shattered Iraq and ultimately walked away. It was Iran that ended up figuring out what to do with the pieces. Iran played a critical role after the war. The commander of the Revolutionary Guards’ elite Qods Force, Qassem Soleimani, played key roles in negotiations to stabilize Iraq.
Right after the war, Iran supplied critical commodities to Iraq – like kerosene for heating in the winter, and cement for reconstruction. And this led to a massive growth in trade and exports of Iranian good since. 2003. The trade balance has been almost entirely one-sided. “Iran’s exports to Iraq have doubled 17 times over the past decade,” Iran’s trade attaché in Iraq, Mohammad Rezazadeh, said in December 2017. “Iraq doesn’t have anything to offer Iran,” Vahid Gachi, an Iranian official in charge of a border crossing, said in 2017. “Except for oil, Iraq relies on Iran for everything.” Iran’s primary exports have been foodstuffs, liquid fuel, petrochemicals, construction materials, household appliances, and cars.
In March 2018, Iran announced it was ready to open a $3 billion credit line to help with Iraq’s reconstruction. Tehran has shown special interest in infrastructure. Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri stressed the importance of connecting the countries’ rail networks to “give Iraq access to Central Asia and China and extend Iran’s railway all the way to the Mediterranean Sea.”
Iran has invested heavily in tourist facilities and infrastructure for pilgrims. In 2014, Soleimani reportedly ordered the construction of a road in Diyala province that would shorten the journey for Shiite pilgrims going to the Golden Dome Mosque in Samarra. The Badr Organization supervised the construction. That road and others through Diyala were also helpful for supplying militias fighting ISIS. They secured Iran’s land connection to Syria and Lebanon.
“Religious tourism is booming in Iraq, especially in Najaf and Karbala, where millions of Shia pilgrims visit the holy sites every year,” analysts at Euromonitor said. “The number of pilgrims to these areas is expected to rise to 7 million to 10 million visitors annually, partly boosted by the introduction of more flights. “As soon as the old regime ended, Shiite travelers were able to practice their faith in two holy Shiite cities, Najaf and Karbala; these two continue to welcome many Shiite arrivals every year, mainly from Iran and the Lebanon.” Iraqi state media reported 22 million foreign religious tourists passed through Iraq for the 2015 pilgrimage, making it the greatest annual gathering of people in the country. Numbers have been rising year on year is expected to be greater yet. Iran’s tourists have been a boon for war starved Iraqis.
Without doubt, Suleimani was crucial to the stabilization of Iraq. He also had deep contacts with US operations in the region.
In early 2008, during a series of battles between the US and Iraqi army on one side and the Shia militias on the other, Petraeus was handed a phone with a text message from the Iranian general who had by then become his nemesis.
The message came from the head of Iran’s elite al-Quds Force, Qassem Suleimani, and was conveyed by a senior Iraqi leader. It read: “General Petraeus, you should know that I, Qassem Suleimani, control the policy for Iran with respect to Iraq, Lebanon, Gaza, and Afghanistan. And indeed, the ambassador in Baghdad is a Quds Force member. The individual who’s going to replace him is a Quds Force member.” Suleimani proceeded to persuade both sides to calm down.
Without Iran, Iraqis would be at war with each other, starving and suffering. Suleimani’s actions have been critical to Iraqi survival. And this is clearly in US interests given how they left Iraq after the war.
After ISIS swept across northern Iraq in 2014, Iran and its Iraqi allies provided critical support to the government when the army collapsed. “We never forget the Islamic Republic of Iran’s valuable military and humanitarian aid to Iraq in the fight against the Daesh [ISIS] terrorist group,” Iraqi President and veteran Kurdish politician Fuad Masum told Ali Akbar Velayati, the supreme leader’s top advisor on foreign affairs, in February 2018.
In 2014, dozens of militias—old and new—came together under the umbrella of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF). As of early 2018, the PMF was estimated to have between 100,000 and 150,000 fighters in more than 60 brigades.
“ISIS was this negative evil thing, and Suleimani got the role of being the white knight against it,” said US General Stanley McChrystal. “Now, to a certain degree, he comes out like an American ally …”
Peshmerga commanders said that they were put in an awkward position when they found themselves inundated with arms from both sides. “Our people were asking which bullets are better – American or Iranian?” said Mohammad Haji Mahmoud, a well-known commander. “We didn’t want to publicize the Iranian ammunition so the coalition wouldn’t find out we were using it.”
While the West was slow to react, Suleimani, quickly recognized the threat ISIS posed to Iran, supplied planeloads of weapons, both to the hard-pressed Kurdish Peshmerga holding the line and to the Iraqi Shia militias who joined the battle.
“We asked for Iran’s help, and Iran stood by us, for which we are very thankful,” said former Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki. Suleimani was openly seen on the battlefield, directing operations. He came out of the shadows, becoming a star on social media as his selfies with fighters spread across the region.
It was Suleimani who played a crucial role in thwarting ISIS.
Despite the rhetoric in the mass media, Suleimani was never the enemy. He served US strategic goals very effectively. And anyway, if he also (at the same time) achieved Iran’s strategic goals that would have been a stroke of genius. If Suleimani’s ‘real’ goal for the past 30 years was to evict the US from Iran’s neighborhood, then he achieved it (even with his hoax death). And Trump looks strong while retreating. And there is talk of a grand new bargain with Iran.
The White House is pumping out bullshit, over bullshit. It means there was something else going on. This must be a scam…. a total hoax.
It reminds me of Reagan claiming he was going to Nuke Iran, while at the same time making a secret deal with the Mullahs to keep the hostages in place to humiliate Carter! He appeared strong, while secretly undermining the US government (during his election campaign). This was called the October Surprise. Is it appropriate to call this scam “Trump’s January Hoax”?