Iranian leader accidentally trolls himself trying to one-up Trump, after attack on US military

(AFP video screenshot, circa 2013)

An Iranian politician accidentally trolled himself late Tuesday evening EST while trying to troll U.S. President Donald Trump.

As reports began to emerge of Iranian-launched missiles raining down on at least two Iraqi bases containing U.S. military forces, former Iranian secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (2007-2013) and chief nuclear negotiator (2007-2013) Saeed Jalili tweeted a photo of the Iranian flag in what appeared to be a mock imitation of Trump.

Look:

Now recall the American flag that the president tweeted shortly before the Pentagon confirmed that it had eliminated Iranian military general and terrorist mastermind Qasem Soleimani via a drone strike late last week.

Jalili’s imitation tweet may have packed more of a punch had the attacks committed late Tuesday proven to be successful. As it stands, they proved to be quite unsuccessful, though Iranian officials have tried to claim otherwise.

There are have been no U.S. reports of casualties yet, but Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard is claiming dozens of U.S. soldiers were killed in revenge for the U.S. airstrike that killed prominent commander, Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani,” The Washington Post confirmed early Wednesday morning.

Others have reported similarly:

Reports have also emerged suggesting Iraqi officials were warned beforehand of the attacks and that Iran had purposefully avoided causing any real harm — that the attack had been “symbolic” in nature and designed to deescalate tensions while saving face.

That theory aside, Jalili’s attempt to seemingly mock the president while celebrating what he appeared to think was his country’s successful attacks inadvertently wound up making him the target of intense, scathing mockery.

Look:

America came out on top again Tuesday, though as noted earlier, some suspect that Iran had designed their strikes to fail. The theory is based on the premise that one, Iran knows that it cannot win any conflict with the United States, and two, Iran must nevertheless save face by taking actions that would make it appear tough.

And so Iran launched multiple strikes that, despite their deceivingly frightful appearances, were equivalent to mosquito bites. They were flashy enough to captivate the Iranian people’s minds but not damaging enough to cause the U.S. real harm.

As Indiana Republican Rep. Jim Banks put it, “Iran is trying to save face and praying we don’t respond. The Iranian military is no match for the American armed forces. Iran knows better than to push the U.S. towards full escalation. Our annual defense budget is 37 times larger than Iran’s. We enjoy incomparable advantages.”

Other congressional Republican have noted similar points:

The consensus, therefore, is that the president should use this opportunity to permanently deescalate the conflict. But not everybody shares this perspective.

Fox News host Sean Hannity said Tuesday evening that “there is a massive price to pay” for the strikes and suggested the president may soon respond “with the full force” of the U.S. military.

“There is a massive price to pay,” he said. “You don’t get to do what they did tonight. They have now been begging — the president wanted to talk and wants peace — and they are going to get hit hard.”

“Their hostility will now be met with the full force of the greatest, most advanced, most sophisticated military this world has ever seen. As a former CIA station chief Dan Hoffman pointed out: any hostile action by Iran would be regime suicide.”

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Vivek Saxena

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