If there is one thing that we should be wary of in 2020, it’s allowing our elected officials to use fear mongering to control us.
For Americans, fear has been a regular part of life ever since the terror attacks of September 11th, 2001. At first, we suffered abject terror and the anxiety of not knowing when or where the next strike would arrive. Then, as the homeland remained mostly secure, this acute worry dulled to an aching pain in the back of our minds, knowing that this relative peace has been simply relative.
Fear is a powerful motivator, perhaps the most powerful motivator in fact, and leaders who dabble in fright do so at the peril of being called out for it.
Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is just such a person.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) suggested in an interview with Cosmopolitan published Thursday Americans should be worried about a World War III scenario.
Jen Ortiz, the magazine’s deputy editor, mentioned Warren’s opposition to the Trump administration’s elimination of Iran’s terror chief Qasem Soleimani during the exchange as well as President Trump’s threat to attack 52 Iranian sites.
“So if Trump moves ahead with ordering this sort of attack, would he be considered a war criminal? And should we be worried about World War III?” she asked.
“Let me start at the end. Yes, we should be worried about war,” Warren stated, conceding Soleimani was a “bad guy” but also referring to him as a “high-ranking Iranian government official.”
Warren would go on to claim, without evidence, that Trump’s assassination of Soleimani “has not made America safer”.
The Trump administration has repeatedly explained that Soleimani was in the process of planning several terror attacks aimed at American troops and assets overseas at the time of his death, directly contradicting Warren’s words.