US Military Kills a Terrorist, Left Not Pleased
Posted: 03 Jan 2020 07:51 AM PST
From the story posted on DaybreakInsider.com:
President Trump ordered a game-changing U.S. military attack that killed
Iranian Gen. Qassim Soleimani, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard
Corps’ elite Quds Force, among other military officials at Baghdad
International Airport early Friday, the Pentagon confirmed (Fox News).
From Noah Rothman: In a dramatic escalation, demonstrators loyal to the
Iranian-backed Kataib Hezbollah militia laid siege to the U.S. embassy in
Baghdad, trapping its diplomats and staffers in guarded safe rooms and
directly threatening the American presence in Iraq. The Pentagon
intercepted intelligence suggesting further Soleimani-directed attacks on
U.S. diplomats were imminent.
The president acted preemptively (Commentary Magazine). Trump tweeted a
threat, Iran responded “you can’t do anything” (Twitter).
According to the White House, “General Soleimani was actively developing
plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and
throughout the region” (Twitter).
From the Heritage Foundation: This strike against one of the world’s most
odious terrorists is no different than the mission which took out Osama bin
Laden – it is, in fact, even more justifiable since he was in a foreign
country directing terrorist attacks against Americans(Twitter).
The strike forced Netanyahu to shorten his Greece trip and return to Israel
Background on Soleimani from 2013 (The New Yorker).
But the Washington Post tweeted: Breaking news: Airstrike at Baghdad
airport kills Iran’s most revered military leader, Qasem Soleimani
Actress Rose McGowan tweeted “Dear #Iran, The USA has disrespected your
country, your flag, your people. 52% of us humbly apologize. We want peace
with your nation. We are being held hostage by a terrorist regime. We do
not know how to escape. Please do not kill us” (Twitter). _____________
Conservatives Respond to Attack
From Senator Ben Sasse: “This is very simple: General Soleimani is dead
because he was an evil bastard who murdered Americans” (Washington
From Dan Crenshaw: Soleimani, the world’s pre-eminent sponsor of terrorism,
is now dead. He spent decades spreading death and destruction across the
region, including engineering and providing IEDs to Shia militias in Iraq
that were used to kill hundreds of Americans (Twitter).
From Ben Shapiro: Trump’s Soleimani airstrike is utterly righteous.
Soleimani was one of the worst human beings on the planet. America had to
re-establish deterrence after Obama’s appeasement. This will not be the end
of the story — Iran will continue to lash out. But they’re certainly on
In a thread, David French explains why “separate congressional
authorization was not necessary” as some have insisted and includes this:
“Iranian-backed militias attacked U.S. troops lawfully present in a combat
zone under valid legal authorities. Moreover, America’s military response
isn’t limited to immediate self-defense or tit for tat. It can act to
remove the threat. That threat includes enemy commanders” (Twitter).
From Sebastian Gorka: One of the most evil men in the World is dead
From Erick Erickson: I’m not an Iran expert, but the Ayatollahs tried to
kill my dad and my family when I was a kid, so good for you
Democrats Condemn Killing of Terrorist
Of those running for president, Joe Biden called it “a hugely escalatory
move in an already dangerous region” (Twitter).
Elizabeth Warren complained it is a “reckless move” (Twitter).
Bernie Sanders called it a “dangerous escalation” (Twitter).
Of those not running for president, Pelosi and Schiff, known for regularly
leaking information, were upset they weren’t told ahead of time (Fox
News). From Democrat Ilhan Omar: So what if Trump wants war, knows this
leads to war and needs the distraction? (Twitter).
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