Yusuf Abdi Ali is accused of being a war criminal who fought under Somali dictator Siad Barre. Eye witnesses told a Canadian documentary about Ali’s viciousness during Somalia’s brutal civil war during the 1980s. One said “Two men were caught, tied to a tree. Oil was poured on them and they were burnt alive. I saw it with my own eyes. I cut away their remains.”
Another said, “He caught my brother. He tied him to a military vehicle and dragged him behind. He shredded him into pieces.”
Ali was living in Canada until he was deported when the documentary aired in 1992. He moved to the U.S. where he worked as a security guard until 2016 when CNN found him and confronted him about the allegations. He was fired soon after.
A few days ago, CNN discovered he has been driving for Uber for the past 18 months in Virginia and had a 4.89 rating as an “Uber Pro Diamond” driver. I’m sure the guy dragged behind a military vehicle until shredded into pieces would give him a lower rating. He was also driving for Lyft and had passed TSA and FBI background checks. Seriously.
Personally, I wish Donald Trump and his National Security Adviser John Bolton were driving for Uber instead of being in charge of U.S. foreign policy. Bolton has long advocated for war with Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Venezuela, Cuba, Yemen, and North Korea. Despite not being able to find any of those places on a map, Trump may think it’s a good idea to start a fight with a few of them.
Trump pulled the U.S. out of a treaty that prevented Iran from developing a nuclear weapon which didn’t make any sense at all. Iran is still in the treaty but if they pull out, which they’re now discussing, nothing will restrain them from developing nuclear weapons.
Now, he’s accusing Iran of being connected to al Qaida and labeling them as a threat to the United States. Haven’t we seen this movie already? That’s exactly what Bush and Cheney did to justify war with Iraq. While their claims proved to be lies, many Americans still believe Iraq has some responsibility for 9/11.
Earlier this month, the U.S. deployed an aircraft strike group to the region (when they did that with North Korea, they lost it) and there is talk of pumping over 100,000 U.S. troops into the region to confront Iran.
John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo want us to go to war with Iran. In fact, Bolton is still supportive of our invasion of Iraq. Bolton was wrong on Iraq. He is unwilling to learn from history, from his own history. Now, he wants to repeat it. What does he have to lose when he’s not the one who’s going to die on a battlefield?
Donald Trump claims he was against the war with Iraq which is a lie, but he wasn’t a cheerleader for it either. There are reports he doesn’t want war with Iran but he’s easily influenced and manipulated by smarter people. So is Jared Kushner who talks secretly with the murderous Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia through an iPhone app. Saudi Arabia and Israel would LOVE to see the U.S. fight a war for them against Iran. All of these people have Trump’s ear. We may be just one sword dance away from thousands more Americans dying in a war in the Middle East.
Iran won’t be like Iraq. It’ll be worse. Iran is geographically larger. They’re larger in population than Iraq. Most importantly, their military is the most powerful in the region after Israel. They have over 500,000 active personnel with another 300,000 in reserve. They’re not a joke. It would be a quagmire that will make Iraq look like a cakewalk. In the end, we could walk away with nothing gained, much like our experience in Vietnam.
We don’t just need to avoid a war with Iran, and everyone else, we need to get those whispering for it into Trump’s ears out of the White House. This is what happens when you put people in charge who are stupid and are not students of history.
John Bolton should not be playing World of Warcraft with actual lives of Americans. Bolton joined the Maryland Army National Guard to avoid fighting in Vietnam, a war he supported as long as he wasn’t one of those fighting in it. He later wrote in his Yale 25th reunion book, “I confess I had no desire to die in a Southeast Asian rice paddy.”
Bolton has no desire to die in the desert or mountains of Iran either, but he’s OK with you or your children dying there for his whimsies. Before we start a war with anyone, Bolton needs to be put into an Uber and driven over a cliff.
Creative notes: I intended to draw this cartoon Wednesday night or Thursday morning, then Alabama happened. I offered the idea to CNN on Thursday night, and then I pushed it aside again for Jared’s immigration scam. My only concern is that this story may have been buried by this point. But, I liked it enough to take the shot.
Watch the video.