It is a simple question. Was the killing of General Qasem Soleimani a good thing or a bad thing? Former White House National Security Advisor John Bolton says it was “long overdue.” He is correct.
Soleimani has been what the military calls a High Value Target (HVT). For decades Soleimani has been a potential target. President Bush decided to not kill him when an opportunity arose (just as President Clinton earlier took a pass on taking out Osama Bin Laden). President Obama – with his more passive approach to Middle East terrorism — refused to move against Soleimani.
It is important to understand the background of this pathological killer. Soleimani may have been a popular figure with world terrorists and the rogue Irani regime. He may have assumed the title of “general” – suggesting he was a traditional military leader – but in reality, Soleimani was a ruthless pathological killer. Since President Carter allowed the Muslim extremists to take over Iran in 1979 – leading to the situation we have today – Soleimani has been in the fore of international terrorism.
Under the very noses of the Washington diplomatic establishment, Soleimani was allowed to build a matrix of powerful paramilitary terrorist organizations throughout the Middle East. He has been responsible for the deaths of hundreds – if not thousands – of our military men and women – and the wounding and crippling of many times that number. In the larger picture, he is blamed for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of non-American soldiers and civilians. He was an evil genius with a personal lust for blood.
By all measures, Americans should be celebrating this day – as we did when America brought the mighty sword of justice to Bin Laden and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. As a person who lost a Marine grandson in Iraq, I greet the death of Soleimani with a deep sense of justice delivered.
That is why I am so angered at the media reports I followed on the left-wing news networks. The political left in America has long given comfort, aid and propaganda advantages to the enemies of the United States. The hyper-hatred for President Trump has put much of the left squarely into the enemy camp in terms of news coverage – too often making Iran the victim. They too often say it is our fault that Iran hates America and that their hostile actions are the result of American provocation. They literally blame Trump for the terrorism of Soleimani.
In the first cycle of news of the death of Soleimani, Democrats and media talking heads emphases that it was a “big thing” — a “huge thing – justifying violent responses from Iran or any of the other major terrorist groups. Apparently, they do not believe that killing hundreds of American soldiers, killing an American contractor or attacking our embassy in Baghdad a bit thing – not to mention that three-decade trail of blood that Soleimani left across the Middle East.
This anti-American sentiment is no longer limited to the ever-present fringe of left-wing street activists. It is now a matter of policy within the Democratic Party and the subject of left-wing media propaganda.
In most post-assassination newscasts, reporters, panelists and guest analysts conceded – almost begrudgingly – that Soleimani was a very bad person. But they seized on his death as a way to twist the event into yet another attack on Trump. They stoked the fires of fear by focusing more on potential repercussions than celebrating the justice delivered. They attacked the decision to kill Soleimani with little regard for all the killings he had engineered.
No one could be happier with the reaction of Democrat leaders and their media cronies than the mullahs in Tehran. They have found common cause in an avowed enemy – the President of the United States.
For generations, the bipartisan leadership in Washington adhered to a tradition that “politics ends at the water’s edge” – giving the international community a united front. That has been chipped away with the rise of the far left and has now been completely shattered in the era of irrational personal and political animosity toward Trump. Contrary to their accusations against Trump supporters and voters, it is THEY who put politics ahead of country.
In attacking Trump, the left disparages our national intelligence operation that had uncovered Soleimani’s plans for more and greater attacks on American people and assets. They disparage our military leaders who have had contingency plans to take out Soleimani for years – and who have executed yet another pitch-perfect surgical action. They see accommodation with Iran as a viable policy even though it has failed for decades.
The Democrats’ hatred and fear of Trump are so palpable that they could not stop themselves from twisting the death of Soleimani into a creative series of anti-Trump narratives. Conversely, they praised with faint damnation an international terrorist leader – calling him a charismatic icon, beloved by millions. In their minds, Soleimani was too powerful and too important to render justice for his crimes against America and the civilized world.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tweeted her opposition to the killing of Soleimani by accusing Trump of escalating the tensions and provoking Iran. Democrat Senators Cory Booker and Chris Murphy took to the late-night airwaves with similar arguments against Trump and, by implication, against our own military. They all but endorsed and promoted a retaliatory strike against the United States.
If all that the Democrats and the elitist media can offer is a continuation of passivity and appeasement to world terrorism, then we should thank God that Trump won the 2016 election. America is much better off with a Commander-in-Chief who will pursue peace through strength rather than peace through surrender.
Yes, there will likely be a violent response from Iran and other terrorist groups, but America should be prepared to deal with them in the strongest possible ways. We have the most powerful military on earth, and we should not back down to terrorism. It is less important whether the conflict escalates than is the final outcome.
As a person who was fearful that Trump was falling into an Obama-like policy of avoiding conflict at any cost, I celebrate the action taken to remove yet another malignant terrorist leader – and look forward to this policy continuing.
So. There ‘tis.