Trump Threatens War Crimes Against Iran: A Closer Look

Trump Threatens War Crimes Against Iran: A Closer Look

-Well, it looks like
2020 is off to a great start. For more on this,
it’s time for “A Closer Look.” [ Theme music plays ] [ Cheers and applause ] I’m just [Bleep] with you.
2020 is already the worst. [ Laughter ] The sky in Australia
is blood red, thanks to a climate crisis; Republicans are trying to rig
the impeachment trial; and the president is threatening
more crimes on Twitter. We’re less than a week
into 2020. The world is like
your friend who tells you this is the year he’s going to
quit drugs and take up yoga, and then, on January 6th, you see him trying to
sell his mat for crack. [ Laughter ] I mean, we should have at least
been able to come together and enjoy the Patriots getting
knocked out of the playoffs, and the first round at home. [ Cheers and applause ] I mean, finally, Bill Belichick
was as sad as his outfit. For a guy who’s supposed to be
good at clock management, he always looks like he woke up
five minutes before game time. And you know, we couldn’t even
take 24 hours to savor that small victory, because the president
spent the weekend threatening war crimes
against Iran after ordering the assassination
of a top Iranian general and then, in Orwellian fashion, claiming he did it
to stop a war. -Breaking news this morning. The U.S. has carried out
the assassination of a top Iranian military and
intelligence commander. The president ordered this. It was carried out by drone
last night in Iraq. -His name was Qasem Soleimani. He was Iran’s
top military commander. -I went to a State Department
briefing today, a background briefing,
and the officials basically said the ball is in Iran’s court, and
we are trying to de-escalate. Actually, one official said this
was an act of de-escalation. -We took action last night
to stop a war. We did not take action
to start a war. -Trump thinks we can’t accuse
him of rushing into a war if he reads his TelePrompTer
super slowly. [ Laughter ] You can’t just kill a top
general of a sovereign nation and call it de-escalation.
That’s like getting drunk and driving your car
into a Kmart and then telling the cops,
“I did it to stop my car.” [ Laughter ] Trump and his allies are lying
in the exact same ways the Bush administration
lied us into a catastrophic war in Iraq nearly 17 years ago, and the exact same people
are doing it. After the attack Fox News
decided to turn to their stable of
lumpy white guys who have been wrong
about anything, like Lindsey Graham, a champion
of the Iraq war, and former Bush officials
and serial liars Ari Fleischer and Karl Rove. Why are these
the best experts we can get? This is like doing a segment
on organizing music festivals and interviewing
Billy McFarland and Ja Rule. And the same people are
trotting out the same lies they did 17 years ago.
For example, Vice President Mike Pence lied and tried to link Soleimani
to 9/11 in a tweet that was not supported
by the evidence. And if that sounds
familiar to you, it’s because it’s right out of the playbook of George W. Bush
and Donald Rumsfeld, who repeatedly linked
Saddam Hussein to al-Qaeda and
other terrorist groups without providing any evidence. -The reason I keep insisting
that there was a relationship between Iraq and Saddam
and al-Qaeda — because there was a relationship
between Iraq and al-Qaeda. -There are reports
that there is no evidence of a direct link
between Baghdad and some of these
terrorist organizations. -Reports that say
that something hasn’t happened are always interesting to me because, as we know,
there are known knowns. There are things
we know we know. We also know
there are known unknowns. That is to say, we know there
are some things we do not know. But there are also
unknown unknowns — the ones we don’t know
we don’t know. -Excuse me, but is this
an unknown unknown? [ Laughter ] -I’m not —
-There are several unknowns — -I’m not going to say
which it is. -Oh, you’re not going to say,
so it’s unknown whether it’s
an unknown unknown. But one known that we do know
is what Trump knows, which is a known unknown, because he un-knows
what he doesn’t know. Meaning we know
he knows no knowns. [ Laughter ]
It’s amazing. [ Cheers and applause ] It’s amazing that we found a way to elect people who think
these guys have the right idea. It’s like if, 17 years from now, someone made a movie
called “Cats 2” — this time with genitals. [ Laughter ] So, Pence lied, just like
Bush and Rumsfeld lied. But, hey, at least
this isn’t the first time Mike Pence has been wrong about a disastrous war
in the Middle East. -I am here to report, as the United States military
confirmed in Iraq on Monday, weapons of mass destruction
have been found in Iraq. -It’s fitting
that 16 years later, Pence is telling the same lies, because 16 years later,
he looks the exact same. I mean, I’m pretty sure
he’s just a stock-photo businessman
come to life. When he takes off his shirt, it says “Getty Images”
across his chest. [ Laughter and applause ] So, the Trump administration
tried to link Soleimani to 9/11. They also claimed they were
stopping an imminent threat. But if that’s true,
they haven’t presented any evidence of that threat
to Congress or the public. In fact, a “The New York Times”
reporter tweeted that the evidence
for such a threat was razor-thin.
And “The times” also wrote that national security experts
and even other officials at the Pentagon
said they were unaware of anything drastically new
about Iranian behavior in recent weeks.
But that’s not good enough for “Fox & Friends”
host Ainsley Earhardt, who said today that we just
have to trust the intelligence agencies.
-So interesting that people are critical
of the president’s decisions, of our intelligence community’s
decisions, our generals’ decisions.
-They want details. -General Tata said —
Well, they can’t have it. They can’t —
Everything can’t be made public. We heard Pompeo
over the weekend saying, “Everything that we have, the
intelligence community has” — he said, “I ran the CIA
at one point. We can’t release everything. We can’t release all of our
intelligence information. We’ll release as much as we can, but you just have to
trust us, basically.” -Oh, we just have to trust them? I’m sorry, but I’m not inclined
to trust an administration that lies about everything,
even the most dumbest thing. Let’s not forget, this is
the same guy who literally drew a circle on an official
weather map, in Sharpie, to claim that Alabama was
going to get hit by a hurricane and then pretended he had
no idea how it got there. Can you imagine if Trump
actually tries to present
some evidence against Iran? [ As Trump ]
“I have it right here — the top-secret
intelligence briefing that proves I was right. It says, ‘Iran bad,’
right there.” [ Laughter ] “Right there.”
[ Applause ] [ Normal voice ]
So, there you go. You heard “Fox & Friends.” We have to trust our
intelligence agencies. I wonder, though, if she felt
the same way back in May, when the intelligence agencies
were investigating Trump. What? No, she didn’t? Oh, and the next clip
proves it? Oh, why are you telling me?
You ruined the surprise. Alright, well,
let’s just show it anyway. -There was a Fox News poll,
and folks were asked how likely intelligence
agencies, like the FBI, broke the law
to investigate President trump. Look at that. 58% said “extremely,” “very,”
or “somewhat,” and only 31% said “not at all,”
so that just shows you — -And you get that number when
you add up the first three. -That’s pretty scary
that we can’t trust the FBI. -What?! We can’t? But that lady on the news
just a second ago said we can! [ Laughter ]
Wait a second! Oh, my God, one of two things
is happening here. Either Trump supporters are
self-serving hypocrites who defend intelligence agencies
when they want to bomb other countries,
but attack them when they investigate
the president’s crimes, or Ainsley Earhardt
has an evil twin! [ Laughter ] [ Suspenseful music plays ] [ Applause ] Now, if you’re
a Trump supporter out there, claiming anyone who opposes
this act of war is siding with the enemy,
let’s just remember, this is the same president
who literally said he and Kim Jong-un,
a brutal dictator who starves and tortures
his own people, quote, “fell in love because
of Kim’s beautiful letters.” Trump actually said that
about a brutal dictator. He sounds like a Southern belle
meeting suitors at a cotillion. “My dear Beauregard,
I fell in love with you after your beautiful letters.” [ Laughter ] I’m pretty sure most people hadn’t even heard
Soleimani’s name until recently, and that includes Trump himself,
who was asked about him in a radio interview in 2015 and
clearly had no idea who he was. -Are you familiar
with General Soleimani? -Yes. Go ahead.
Give me a little. Go ahead, tell me. -He runs the Quds Forces.
-Yes, okay. Right. -Do you expect —
-And I think the Kurds, by the way, have been harshly
mistreated by us. -No, not the Kurds,
the Quds Forces — the Iranian
Revolutionary Guard Quds Forces, the bad guys.
-Yes, right. -Do you expect his behavior
to change as a result — -Oh, I thought you said “Kurds.” -I love —
I love how Trump tried to pretend he knew who he was,
even though he clearly didn’t. “Do you know General Soleimani?” [ As Trump ] Yeah — No, I do. But I want to see
if you know who he is. [ Normal voice ]
Clearly, this was a reckless act
by an impulsive president who hasn’t thought through
any of the consequences. But a lot of people,
including prominent Democrats, are also asking, “Why now? Why would a president who’s
facing an impeachment trial, and mounting evidence
of his guilt suddenly start a war with Iran as he heads into
an election year. I wonder if 2011-2012
Donald Trump had anything to say about that when it came
to President Obama. -I say that he starts
a war in Iran before the election, which will make it very hard
for the Republican to win, okay? And I’ve said that,
and I predicted that. He doesn’t talk to anybody.
He’ll start a war. You know, lives will be wasted
for no reason. I happen to think
that the president is going to start
a war with Iran. I think it will be a short-term
popular thing to do, and I think he’s going to
do that for political reasons. Our president will start
a war with Iran because he has absolutely
no ability to negotiate. He’s weak, and he’s ineffective.
So the only way he figures that he’s going to
get re-elected, and as sure
as you’re sitting there, is to start a war with Iran. I believe
that he will attack Iran sometime prior to the election
because he thinks that’s the only way
he can get elected. Isn’t it pathetic?
-Yes, it is. The thing about Trump is
that he never tells the truth about himself in the present, but he always tells the truth
about himself like 10 years in advance. When he accuses people of
crossing the border illegally, that means, 10 years from now,
he’s going to get caught climbing over his wall,
trying to flee to Mexico. [ As Trump ] David, uh,
why did we make it so tall? [ Laughter ] [ Normal voice ] So,
it’s already terrifying that the president is
impulsively lurching into an unjust and unmoral war, and then, on Sunday,
he decided to go even further and threaten war crimes
against Iran with a truly psychotic tweet
that he genuinely thought counted as some sort of
official legal document. Here is the very real tweet the president
of the United States sent out on Sunday. “These media posts
will serve as notification to the United States Congress
that should Iran strike any
U.S. person or target, the United States will quickly
and fully strike back and perhaps in a
disproportionate manner. Such legal notice
is not required but is given nevertheless.”
That’s right. The same guy who brought you
such tweets as, “Robert Pattinson
should dump Kristen Stewart,” and, “I have never seen a thin
person drinking diet Coke,” now thinks his tweets serve as official
legal notice to Congress. I don’t think this tweet counts as legal notice to commit
an act of war, but I do think it counts as legal notice
to have you committed. That tweet sounds like something that could be scrawled
on the walls of a psych ward. “Let this serve
as a legal notice that I know you’re hiding pills
in my applesauce, and I will find them
and sue you for malpractice.” [ Applause ]
And by the way, threatening a disproportionate
response is a war crime, just like when Trump tweeted
the previous day that, “If Iran strikes any
Americans or American assets, we have targeted
52 Iranian sites, some at a very high level and important to Iran
and the Iranian culture. And those targets
and Iran itself will be hit
very fast and very hard.” First of all,
it’s not reassuring when the president tweets
in all caps like a lunatic who sees his ex-girlfriend
posting pictures of herself with another guy,
and texts her at 3:00 a.m., “Who is Brad?
Why are you in Cabo? I will hit him
very fast and very hard!” A war with Iran would be
unjust and immoral, cause mass death and suffering, and destabilize
the region and the world. And Trump obviously
hasn’t thought about, or doesn’t care about,
those consequences, because, by all accounts, he made this decision
impulsively, to the surprise of his own
top military officials. “The New York Times” reported
that they were stunned, flabbergasted, and alarmed
when trump chose the option of killing Soleimani. Apparently,
Trump’s military advisers put the option
on one PowerPoint slide to make the other options
seem more reasonable, not actually thinking
he would pick it. One briefing slide
shown to Trump listed several follow-up steps
the U.S. could take, among them targeting Soleimani. Unexpectedly,
Trump chose that option. Oh, oh, did Donald Trump
do the unexpected… [ Laughter ]
…instead of the reasonable? Did you guys
not get a briefing on him? You can’t expect
the reasonable choice from the guy who
stared into a eclipse, and when his umbrella
got caught, just left it on the stairs. [ Laughter and applause ] Congress must do
everything in its power to stop an unjust and immoral
war with Iran that will have
disastrous consequences. That’s why thousands of
protesters took to the streets over the weekend
in cities across the country to say no to war with Iran. We have an impulsive, lawless
president threatening war crimes, who thinks his tweets count
as official legal documents. You got to ask…
-Isn’t it pathetic? -This has been
“A Closer Look.” [ Theme music plays ]


100 thoughts on “Trump Threatens War Crimes Against Iran: A Closer Look”

  • Trump was partially right in 2011 saying Obama will start a war with Iran (something foreign and drastic). He did achieve something foreign and drastic by killing Osama right in the heart of an ally country, Pakistan. Thanks to the sell-souls there. Obviously it was a hoax as no one ever saw his body except for the one's who "killed" him and are dead themselves too.

  • Who the hell wrote these “war crimes laws” if someone is out of line he must be shot, silole as that, before they kill a lot of people!

  • Lmao the ”let this serve as legal notice” tweet sounds like those copy and paste boomer statuses on Facebook that say ”this is legal notice that Facebook does not own any material on this profile”….like they think it will actually do anything or be legally binding 😂

  • Matthew Davies says:

    I think it's funny how Trump supporters call people against what he's done are terrorist sympathisers when Trump is a buddy with dictators as Seth said

  • so 30+ intelligence communities weren't to trust on the hacking from russia, but now we have to trust them when they benefit trump narrative ?

  • What is Trump's deal with Obama? It seems as though Obama embarrassed him in some way and it is Trumps goal in life to hate Obama. . .

  • Trump didn't want to go to jail, so he starts a war. The Iranian General was going to testify that Iran was NOT responsible for ANY of the attacks the U. S. blames on them. Isn't Trump pathetic

  • It's very likely that they wanted Trump to choose that option. I bet it was even colored differently on the power point or something like that to catch his attention. I don't think they're as stupid as they want us to believe, rather, they know how stupid he is and used him as an excuse to do what they wanted for various reasons. Dangerous, Sad and Immoral but well played.

  • Archangel Waiting says:

    There is more evidence that Trump, Giuliani and Larry Silverstein were responsible for 9/11 than anyone else. These 3 all lied about where they were on 9/11 … and from there on the water gets murky with endless circumstantial and direct evidence of involvement.

    Trump called a radio station on 9/11 to brag that his building was now the tallest in Manhattan … during this interview he admitted “being there” in ‘93 when a bomb went off in the basement of the WTC (the pretext for a record breaking insurance policy against destruction by terrorists that would only pay out if the buildings were completely destroyed that was only taken out a few weeks prior to the attack … Larry was on the phone 15 minutes after building 7 fell to try to claim twice on the same policy claiming the two planes constituted 2 separate attacks … how did he know when he made this call that the “attack” was over?) … and he admitted having been inside the crawl spaces of the WTC and examined the beams … he also admitted in the same interview that he hired the architect that designed the towers giving him access to the building plans. Workmen and trucks were seen on webcams and by staff at the WTC going in and out of the buildings at night … the tenants would come in to find concrete dust on their desks … the floors hit by the planes were shut down prior to the attack for “Asbestos Removal” … all of the work orders would have been signed off by Giuliani to enable the workmen (Trumps’ “Polish Brigade”) to get past the security and rig the buildings with demolition materials right under their noses.

    Trump “predicted” (planted the idea … the seeds) in a dictated biography prior to 9/11 … Giuliani the Mayor arranged for the privatisation of the WTC complex so their mutual friend Larry could obtain a lease on the buildings that fell (the only 3 steel-frame buildings in history to fall supposedly due to fire that all fell in the same place, on the same day, at free fall speed, into their own footprints, after less than an hour; including building 7 that was not hit by a plane.)

    An insurance scam of epic proportions, anomalous insider trading of put-options against the companies that would be effected at a volume over 90 times higher than normal trading made by “a single institutional investor with no known ties to any terrorist group” (Trump) … Trumps failed airline with 17 jets … his crew of 200 construction/demolition experts who vanished … “I lost 200 friends on 9/11” said Trump at an interview with a German reporter at ground zero on 9/13 … The Pentagon was hit to lure the media away from the city, then while this was happening, Giuliani cordoned off the city and sent in a convoy of covered trucks that removed hundreds of tonnes of steel beams (destruction on evidence of a controlled demolition) which were shipped to China for recycling the next morning as reported by Giuliani in a press conference on 9/12 … he continued by not allowing any immediate onsite investigation on the pretext of rescue and recovery … look at what Carl Sagan’s wife had to say about her analysis of incendiary crystals found in every sample of concrete dust collected on 9/11 from a 14 acre radius of the city prior to any cleanup … Giuliani and Trump then started the 9/11 commission on terror and asked the public to hand all evidence to them allowing them to push false evidence to the FBI … and the NIST report concluded the attack was “assumed” to have been perpetrated by an unknown terrorist group.

    Agreed they aren’t smart enough so was Putin responsible? Is this why Trump is Putin’s hand-puppet? 🤔


  • Wait, NOW you trust our intelligence agencies?! I thought trump literally trusts Putin over them. I thought they were traitors of the "deep state swamp" and need to be investigated. What disingenuous traitors conservatives themselves have become! We are witnessing some deeeeeep projection here.

  • Maybe Iran will take the eye for an eye thing literal and take out Dr. Ronnie Jackson! LOL. He thought Trump was 239 1/2 pounds and 6 foot 3! He has to go! Imminent threat!

  • I am surprised that Donald Rumsfeld wasn't charged with war crimes and isn't in jail right now. He is evil. Funny how he shares the same name as the current evil in charge!

  • Whoever is responsible for uploading these playlists always adds the segments in the wrong order. WHY DO YOU DO THIS, YOU MONSTER?!!!

  • Seth, c'mon. We all adults, let's be real here…you love Trump. Without him, your staff might have to actually write some jokes!

  • Its hilarous that the most powerfull country of the world has such a idiot presidents and the only laugh about it. How it could be that they choose such dumbasses. Shame America!!!!!

  • Russia needed a distraction from impeachment and make Trump a WARTIME president would murder his own family for some stock options in Military hardware.

  • That unknowns unknown/knowns to be knownblahblahblah answer is a terrible demonstration of what politics is all about nowadays!

  • Elisabeth Henning says:

    How much longer do the American Public have to suffer under that IMPOTUS??? So, it is legal now to assassinate foreign Generals? Who elects those bozos? Oh yes, enablers.

  • Hit Reset Button says:

    What Iran and/or Iraq needs to do is fire a heap of rockets that have no explosive materials in them at US bases in Iraq. Duds basically. The psychological impact of not knowing if or when any of these "dud rockets" goes live will over an extended period of time drive US site commanders and site personnel over the edge.

    Eventually they will strongly request for an exit strategy from Iraq.

    This strategy if carried out over an extended period of time will see a new definition of PTSD arise.

    As the saying goes, "there is always more than one way to skin a cat".


  • AverageFighter0 says:

    whelp…i just discovered another thing that teh Boondocks referenced that was actually real….that is fucking terrifying.

  • Morning of the Magician Oracle says:

    He says he kilked their military leader to “stop” a war?? How dare he? Trump is a murderer. A cold blooded murderer. & he’s going to start another war. He’s playing with peoples’ lives! But their not his rich friends’ lives, so he doesn’t care!

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  • You know what else is a war crime?  Child Soldiers. Iran and much of the middle east train and recruit child soldiers using media propaganda on T.V and in magazines. That is the most vile act on this planet. Children can't witness war and understand what is happening….

  • I wonder what these jokers think after the press conference today. If this was Bush or Obama US would be at war by now.

  • Trump in statements regarding Obama – PROJECTION from his own warped little mind!!!!! Of course the only pathetic one I'm witnessing is Trump!

  • There are known knowns, known unknowns, and unknown unknowns – no one knows how so many people who don't know, act like they know and want us to think that they know – we know that we know more than they want us to know, which is that they only know how to make us think they know things that they might or might not know that they definitely do not want anyone else to know!!

  • Joe Giangiulio says:

    We kill a top general in Iran. They respond by firing off misssles that miss all 65,000 soldier's we have there. Hmm this strategy does not fit Trump. Sounds to complicated. So lets remember who's really running the shoe. " Vladimir Putin .

  • Rudra Mazumder says:

    "weapons of mass destruction have been found in Iraq"
    Pentagon and people who are actually smart: "That was a lie."
    Pence:: repeats a lie even though it's been proven untrue

    what a pathetic bunch of losers these people are. How they managed to get past 8th grade baffles me.

  • but i do know this! ' what they say i know and i do not know? yet we all know! what he says we know? that we won't understand any politician's non answer do you know? l.o.l sorry can't stop Laughing !

  • sararavenraine says:

    Didn't they recently just find new oil in Iran… It must be a coincidence like the last war with the middle east over there and oh yeah the war before it……

  • "And I think the Kurds by the way, have been horribly mistreated by us…"
    Again Proof (?) of Trump timetravels but are not aware where he is on the timeline. Not aware that he has actually gone back in time to 2015, instead of the future, to apologize and make mends for his wrong doings between 2016 and 2020.

  • She was wearing the exact same dress when she said the opposite. It's like they're just feeding late night news shows material.

  • The party proclaiming that the intelligence community is attempting to overthrow Trump with “Ukraine and Russia” now saying “we need to trust the intelligence community on the assassination” is some serious cognitive dissonance.

  • War crimes!!! U r an idiot!! Nor are you funny !!! Late night show hosts lmao !! He was a terrorist !! Any body who is a terrorist needs to be gone when will some of use idiots wake up these people do not like our western countries they dont integrate nor contribute to society in any ways!!! They fight kill their own kind in the name of religion and they dont respect any other countries other than their own!!! They would have all our heads if they could terrorist must be killed!

  • Damn! so many punches thrown in this 13 minutes. If anyone only hears you they should think of everything as they didn't before and if anyone can read in between the line then,….! Would you like me to state one very important fact that you forgot to mention?

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