Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Colbert, Meyers, and Noah take closer looks at conflict with Iran, the season 4 opener of 'The Worst Wing'

I took a serious look at the current conflict with Iran in Michigan's Representatives and Senators react to drone strike on Iranian General, which means it's time for me to examine the crisis through a less serious lens, like I did with impeachment in Meyers, Colbert, and Noah take closer looks at impeachment, the season 3 finale of 'The Worst Wing' and Seth Meyers takes a closer look at Trump airing his grievances in Michigan for Festivus.  Season 4 of "The Worst Wing" didn't begin with an episode about impeachment.  It began with one about war and terrorism.

Appropriately enough, I begin the recap of Season 4, Episode 1, with Stephen Colbert, whose writers came up with "The Worst Wing" as the name for the Trump Administration.  Stephen used the Golden Globes as a starting point for his monologue Monday night in This Is It Folks: Trump Can Wage War With No Understanding Of The Consequences, which makes for a good transition for my blogging.

In his first Late Show monologue of 2020, Stephen Colbert breaks down the sequence of events that led to President Trump's strike on Iranian military general Qasem Soleimani.
I plan on congratulating Akwafina as well when I write about diversity among the individual winners in two weeks.  As for the main topic, Stephen saying "It's 2003 all over again" makes for a good transition to Seth Meyers' Trump Threatens War Crimes Against Iran: A Closer Look, where Seth pointed out the parallels between the leadup to the Iraq War and now.*

Seth takes a closer look at President Trump threatening war crimes against Iran after ordering the assassination of a top Iranian General.
I have to say, as silly as Donald Rumsfeld talking about known knowns, known unknowns, and unknown unknowns sounded at the time, he still sounds smarter than Trump and the rest of the cast of "The Worst Wing."

Speaking of which, one thing that both Colbert and Meyers pointed out was that the military advisors including targeting Soleimani among the options for a response to make the others look more reasonable, then being shocked when Trump chose it, showed that they really don't understand him.  Of course Trump would pick the most spectacular option; he's a showman.  Trevor Noah made that one of his central points in Trump Orders Assassination of Top Iranian General Soleimani.

President Trump orders a fatal drone strike on top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, kicking off a domino effect of threats between the U.S. and Iran, and sparking backlash from Iraq.
Another thing that all three comedians noted was that Trump predicted that Barack Obama would start a war with Iran to win re-election in 2012.  File that under "there is always a tweet" or, in this case a video or three.  Trump was wrong about Obama, but he might be right about himself.  As I wrote eight years ago, Projection is the Right's favorite defense mechanism.  Trump projects, so he fits right in.

*This reminds me that I've only blogged once about the 2003 Iraq War in Marshes of Iraq: student sustainability video festival 37 and that was indirect.  The video was much more about the events between the 1991 Gulf War and the Iraq War than about the latter.  Otherwise, my blogging about Iraq has been about ISIS/Daesh, who I call the Sith Jihad.  That's an insult to the real Sith, who actually care about ancient artifacts.

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