Heyyy…General Qassam Suleimani enjoys tea on Iraq’s frontlines lol nh
A man who killed arguably the most Americans in the Iraq War is in the news this week for being America’s top ally in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. What an ironic lede, that. Now, General Qassam Suleimani, the head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, is being dubbed “the most interesting man in the world” by the LA Times:
“Supermani” is the handle one wag has bestowed upon Tehran’s inscrutable point man.
The story does not mention the shadow war General Suleimani waged on US forces in Iraq. Suleimani was behind the so-called “special groups” that designed and planted “shaped IEDs”–a bomb that when triggered turned into one giant lava bullet and could penetrate US armor. These bombs killed more US troops than any other weapon. In fact the “special groups,” which America fought in Baghdad and Iraq’s south and west, were the number one overall killer of US troops according to Endgame (Pantheon 2012), Michael Gordon and Bernard Trainer’s magisterial account of the Iraqi civil war 2004-2011. They are the same militias that today run point in the battle of Tikrit and Iraq’s Anbar.
Nothing is better than the West Coast’s largest daily newspaper big-upping an American killer as a whacky Internet meme.
UPDATE: The LAT is not only absolving war criminals, they’re also stepping into the cheesy t-shirt game. THIS JUST INNNN…