Twitter erupted Thursday night when news of the U.S. airstrike that killed Iranian general Qassem Suleimani broke. The social media platform shines brightest (and stinks worst) when major news hits, serving as a one-stop shop for takes across the spectrum. So when people began griping about Trump’s lack of Congressional approval or chest thumping over a perceived “victory,” it was nice to read some takes that cut through the B.S.
The cowardly takes we're seeing a lot of — either virtue-signaling about what a bad man Suleimani was (no shit, he's a general in a series of hot zones); or harumphing about legalities. You either support Trump's assassination, or you don't. I don't. The rest is filler.
— Mark Ames (@MarkAmesExiled) January 3, 2020
2. Let's be honest: 99 percent of Americans never heard of Gen. Suleimani before 9 p.m. last night. Within minutes, the same people who brought us the endless wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere suddenly showed up on TV to declare he was the worst person in the world
— Will Bunch 🆘 (@Will_Bunch) January 3, 2020
Democratic presidential hopefuls weighed in quickly, but only two offered up tweets without qualifiers about Soliemani’s inherent badness.
War with Iran is the last thing we need and is not the will of the American people. We should be acting to deescalate tensions and protect our people in the region.
— Andrew Yang🧢 (@AndrewYang) January 3, 2020
Trump's dangerous escalation brings us closer to another disastrous war in the Middle East that could cost countless lives and trillions more dollars.
Trump promised to end endless wars, but this action puts us on the path to another one.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) January 3, 2020
And this morning, it looks like the airstrikes had their desired effect. At least from those who shill for endless American war.
we did it gang!!!!!! usa! usa! usa! pic.twitter.com/6DPB8fhfrf
— jordan (@JordanUhl) January 3, 2020
When you have no control over a situation, sometimes it’s best to find jokes to laugh at. Or get pissed off about how truly meaningless everything is.
The best shot at avoiding war with Iran is convincing Trump that it’d mean he’d have to show up to work more often
— pixelatedboat aka “mr tweets” (@pixelatedboat) January 3, 2020
thankfully this would never happen in a civilized country pic.twitter.com/A0Jz5MoAPZ
— jimmy ☭ no war with Iran (@TuffJimmy) January 3, 2020
is there any historical analogue for a country that's constantly getting itself into foreign conflicts while falling apart internally, is that good
— 100% nice (@InternetHippo) January 3, 2020
This video should be playing on every screen on the planet. pic.twitter.com/QzxJR50uC3
— 🐺 (@Chasedogman) January 3, 2020