Iran hostilities crush impeachment headlines

Democrats are coming to grips with a reality they never imagined ahead of 2020. Their iron grip on the front pages, in cahoots with the media, may be coming to an end.

The minimal political damage they inflicted with impeachment will be undone as President Donald Trump dons the mantle of commander-in-chief while war drums beat over Iran.

The president seized the moment on Wednesday, exiting from double doors at the White House with a showman-like halo of light in the backdrop as he addressed the nation a day after Iran fired as many as 15 ballistic missiles at US targets in Iraq.

Ten missiles hit the Ain al-Asad Air Base, housing U.S. troops, while one missile hit a U.S. military base in Erbil, and four missiles failed to hit their targets, according to a U.S. military spokesman for Central Command, responsible for American forces in the Middle East.

Trump said Iran “appears to be standing down, which is a good thing for all parties concerned,” after no casualties resulted from the air strikes on the American bases.

“The American people should be extremely grateful and happy,” Trump said in a move to deescalate tension against Iran, noting that, “No Americans were harmed in last night’s attack by the Iranian regime.”

“Our missiles are big, powerful, accurate, lethal and fast,” Trump said. “The fact we have this great military and equipment, however, does not mean we have to use it. We do not want to use it. American strength, both military and economic, is the best deterrent.”

The president noted he would continue to weigh all options while immediately imposing economic sanctions “until Iran changes its behavior.”

He urged other world powers to break away from the Iran nuclear deal and challenged NATO to step up its involvment in the Middle East.

In the wake of the missile strike, Trump’s presidency is heading into transformational territory a year before the election. It was the worst possible timing for his craven, feckless, corrupt and unhinged political opposition.

In times of war the psyche of the country changes dramatically and decisively. The absurd, petty issues that dominated the front pages, like a phone call to Ukraine requesting assistance with a Justice Department investigation, have now been pushed off the front pages after three months of obsessive media coverage.  

Impeachment may, out of necessity be relegated to the side burner, removing a cudgel from the Democrats’ grip.

Ultimately the craven US media want a big story to justify their existence and keep their coffers full. There is no bigger story than war.

Democrats thought they had a shot at winning the presidency with their golden goose of impeachment.

They assumed if they unleashed baseless, trumped up charges it would still have the destructive effect of tarnishing the president , achieving the objective of their seek-and-destroy mission since he took office. 

Impeachment on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of justice for election interference using Ukraine would bolster their worn out narrative that Trump is a criminal who only attained power by rigging the system through collusion with other countries, a fresh take on their Russia hoax.

Impeaching him was a way to rebuke him — a way to reduce him to a diminutive figure on the world stage. Their motivation was not based on any real malfeasance, but rather revenge.

Democrats had to quickly reorient their messaging since America was being pushed to the brink of war. They have chosen to attack the president, laud Iran as they pursue their dangerous mission to dominate the world with their military might and praise Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani after he was assassinated by a U.S. drone.

This foolhardy and risky strategy is destined to fail. Trump has shown too much restraint in recent months while Iran has repeatedly provoked military confrontations with the US.

He launched military action strategically and decisively only after American lives were lost and the US embassy in Iran became a clear target. 

As the White House moves to adopt a war footing, voters are assessing the necessity and risks of a military confrontation with Iran.

Defending the homeland, securing American citizens, protecting our soldiers and preventing bloodshed must take priority over two callow and unjustified articles of impeachment.