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The reaction to the killing of Qassem Soleimani by many on the left was both predictable and expected.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi called it provocative and a disproportionate action. Joe Biden stated “The problem started in May 2018 when President Trump backed the US out of the nuclear “deal” reached during the Obama administration.
Aiding the left in their effort to oust Trump, the lamestream media hailed Soleimani as a revered and beloved figure in Iraq, calling him a “strategic mastermind.” By the sound of their praises you would have thought Soleimani was a military leader of the stature of Washington, Eisenhauer, or Patton.
Sorry to disappoint these folks, but Soleimani was a terrorist thug, plain and simple.
Disproportionate action? This pales in comparison to the 600 American soldiers killed by IED’s built by Soleimani’s brigade. And with all due respect Joe, the problem really started 40 years ago, when Ayatollah Khomeini took the helm of a newly created Islamic state.
A small sampling of the trouble that Iran has caused since 1979 includes; the takeover of the US Embassy in Iran, holding 52 hostages for 444 days, attacks on Jewish synagogues which led to the emigration of 90% of Iran’s Jews, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s pledge to wipe Israel off the face of the earth, support for the terrorist militia Hezbollah that has violently impacted Lebanon and Israel, supporting suicide bombers who killed 241 US military service personnel and 58 French soldiers serving as peacekeepers in the region, backing the murderous Assad regime and the deaths of 500,000 Syrians in that nation’s civil war, a disruption of oil tankers, support for Yemeni terrorists, attacking the US Iraqi Embassy and much, much more.
Iranian leaders have often threatened genocide, but Soleimani made it happen. Wherever he went, a trail of blood followed. Has Pelosi forgotten this? Perhaps Biden has forgotten that only two days after the nuclear “deal” was reached Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei led a rally where thousands chanted “death to America.”
I respect President Obama’s desire to diffuse a very difficult situation regarding Iranian nuclear strategy. But to think that Iran is trustworthy is naïve at best.
This “deal” ended sanctions that had hurt Iran’s economy, freeing up $150 billion in assets that are now used to support terrorist activities. Who can forget the US plane containing $1.7 billion in appreciation for Iran making the “deal.”
This is a sign of appeasement, reminiscent of British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s claim that “We have peace in our time” after dismantling Czechoslovakia and giving a chunk of it to the deranged murderer Adolph Hitler. Just months later Hitler attacked Poland to begin World War II.
The lesson learned is don’t give in to murderous bullies, but rather fight them, hunt them down, bring them to justice, and if need be, kill them.
The Democrats claim that Congress should have been consulted. It’s interesting that Pelosi and Schumer made no such demands of President Obama who ordered hundreds of drone strikes, including one that killed a US citizen.
Harvard Constitutional Law Professor Alan Dershowitz, a Hillary Clinton supporter and self-described liberal, stated that “President Trump had all the authority he needed to approve the military strike. Where in the constitution does it say he needed to consult Congress? With all the leaks coming from Congress, why would he do that?”
Does anyone really believe that Democrats would have kept this planned attack a secret? Considering their hatred of Trump, it’s likely the attack would have been thwarted simply to undermine the President’s decision.
Secretary of State Pompeo has said the world is safer following Soleimani’s death. I’m not so sure about that. But I also know that weakness enables aggression.
I believe that President Trump does not want war with Iran. As a builder, he would much rather spend money on infrastructure such as roads, bridges, and airports.
Trump reasonably questions our role in the Middle East. In that respect, his view aligns with President Obama, as both opposed the invasion of Iraq. The war in Afghanistan was labeled by Obama as the “good war” in that it was justified, yet this 18 year conflict has frustrated three successive administrations. Others have learned the difficulties of Afghanistan; Britain from the 1830’s to 1870’s, and the Soviets from 1979 to 1989.
Trump thinks that enough is enough. Most Americans agree.
The rhetoric and behavior of leading Democrats following the attack is outrageous. While there is room for debate on policy issues, is the left’s hatred for Trump so strong that they will do anything to oppose him and thereby side with our nation’s enemy?
Sadly, it appears so.