Who Did the US Kill? More Criticism from Dems

2020 January 3
by bc3b

GP: Qassem Suleimani Soleimani Iran Quds Force IRGC 180517

Qasem Soleimani prior to recent reconstructive surgery.

So, just who is this top Iranian general the U.S. just eliminated?

For many of us who watch and analyze news out of the Middle East daily, he was the world’s number one bad guy.

Qasem Soleimani has been in control of Iran’s Quds Force for more than 20 years. His current greatest hits include helping Bashar al Assad slaughter hundreds of thousands of his own people in the Syrian civil war, stoking the Houthis in Yemen’s civil war, and overseeing the killing of hundreds of Iraqi protesters recently demonstrating against Iranian influence in their country.

But most importantly for Americans, Soleimani was behind the deaths of hundreds of American soldiers during the Iraq War. Last year, the U.S. State Department put the number of Americans killed by Iranian proxies in Iraq at 608 since 2003.

The killing of Soleimani doesn’t have the emotional power of the takedown of Osama bin Laden, and he wasn’t even as well-known to Americans as ISIS founder Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. But in many ways, taking him out means much more in terms of saving current lives. Remember that bin Laden and al Baghdadi were mostly out of business and in hiding at the time of their deaths. Solemani was busier than ever, directing mayhem all over the Middle East and beyond.

For example, these last few days have made it clear to the whole world just how much Iran controlled just about all of Iraq and Iraq’s Shia population. It appears Solemeini not only felt justified in being the likely mastermind behind Tuesday’s attack on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, he also was comfortable enough to travel to Iraq personally to oversee it. But this time, he got too comfortable.

We’re already hearing from a number of critics that this move will likely backfire against the U.S. and will provoke Iran to retaliate even more forcibly against American and its allies. To those people making those warnings, there’s really only one thing to say: “Welcome to the party, pal!”

That’s because Iran has really been at war with the U.S. since 1979. The killing of hundreds of our troops in Iraq, the constant terrorism it sponsors and supplies against Israel, and even the recent provocations against oil traffic in the Persian Gulf are all acts of war from which there really is no retreat without severe consequences. For the Trump administration, it would appear the embassy attack was the last straw. It was also one that provided the ultimate opportunity to eliminate Soleimani as he foolishly left his home country and made himself more physically and legally vulnerable.

Another thing to remember is that Soleimani and his foreign escapades may have been the delight of the ruling mullahs in Tehran. But the people in the streets abandoned him long ago, if they ever really supported him in the first place.

Soleimani clearly came to personify the increasingly unpopular spending on proxy wars and terrorism. With Iran’s economy faltering, the chanting in the streets during that nation’s recent protests included: “no money, no gas, screw Palestine.” That was probably the best proof that the Iranian people are keenly aware of the resources being sent abroad that could be used to improve the domestic economy and not pay for rockets in Gaza or wars in Syria and Yemen.

In fact, Iranian journalist and activist Masih Alinejad tweeted almost immediately after Soleimani’s death was reported that the Quds commander was also hated by ordinary Iranians for his long history of brutality against his own people.

leimani clearly came to personify the increasingly unpopular spending on proxy wars and terrorism. With Iran’s economy faltering, the chanting in the streets during that nation’s recent protests included: “no money, no gas, screw Palestine.” That was probably the best proof that the Iranian people are keenly aware of the resources being sent abroad that could be used to improve the domestic economy and not pay for rockets in Gaza or wars in Syria and Yemen.

In fact, Iranian journalist and activist Masih Alinejad tweeted almost immediately after Soleimani’s death was reported that the Quds commander was also hated by ordinary Iranians for his long history of brutality against his own people.

In the coming hours and days the debate over the decision to kill Soleimani will unfortunately be dominated by partisan politicians looking to score points for or against President Trump. Perhaps Sen. Chris Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut has taken the top partisanship buffoonery prize already by scolding President Trump for the action just two days after publicly decrying America’s lack of action against the Baghdad embassy attack:

Chris Murphy

@ChrisMurphyCT

The attack on our embassy in Baghdad is horrifying but predictable.

Trump has rendered America impotent in the Middle East. No one fears us, no one listens to us.

America has been reduced to huddling in safe rooms, hoping the bad guys will go away.

What a disgrace.

17.3K people are talking about this

Chris Murphy

@ChrisMurphyCT

Soleimani was an enemy of the United States. That’s not a question.

The question is this – as reports suggest, did America just assassinate, without any congressional authorization, the second most powerful person in Iran, knowingly setting off a potential massive regional war?

46.6K people are talking about this

But that’s just politics. It will also just be politics when President Trump takes a victory lap on Twitter or at a future rally over this killing.

What isn’t just politics is the fact that Soleimani was a very effective and deadly leader of the world’s most active and pervasive terrorist army. The knee-jerk assumptions we will hear from those who say that someone else will simply take his place and be just as effective and deadly probably come from people who truly don’t know how powerful and effective Soleimani was. He’s going to be a very hard act to follow.

For now, Soleimani’s death is justice for the thousands of deaths he caused all over the world and to his own people. It may have seemed like swift justice Friday morning, but it was actually a long time coming.

Jake Novak is a political and economic analyst at Jake Novak News and former CNBC TV producer. You can follow him on Twitter @jakejakeny.

Had Trump asked him nicely, Soleimani would likely have remained where he was while Congress had an open debate before the US military zapped him with a drone.
Hat tip: cnbc
38 Responses leave one →
  1. 2020 January 3 5:35 am
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    bc3b permalink

    Assassinate? The man was an Iranian general conducting military operations and terrorism within Iraq. Assassinate is a loaded word, hardly appropriate here but indicates Chris Murphy is far more interested in partisan politics than the good of the United States.

  2. 2020 January 3 5:46 am
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    bc3b permalink

    Slow Joe Biden criticizes the president:

    https://twitter.com/JoeBiden/status/1212954848666234880

    Twitter response to Biden:

    Coastin

    @21stParallel
    8h8 hours ago
    More
    That would be awesome! Joe and Hunter back together in DC, extorting millions of dollars from China and Ukraine. But we’re stuck with @realDonaldTrump making America great again.

  3. 2020 January 3 6:30 am
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    The article posted does sum it up more or less, though I would say he was more liked or at least respected internally than article makes out, but it was by no means universal.

    re:1. Yup, and it’s not the first opportunity, Bush had one in early 2007 as I recall when he was meeting up within 20 mi of Iraqi border at some location associated with storage or manufacture of explosive penetrators. Penagon wanted to take the facility and him out – GW said no. In 2015 obama had an opportunity to take him out as well and said no, and the Israelis a few times over the last decade including in 2019 have had the opportunity to target him specifically in Syria but at the request of the US held off. Early last spring Pompeo even wrote this guy a personal letter (warning he would become a target if he did x y or z) to be delivered to him while he was in southern syria, the letter delivery was reportedly refused by him.

  4. 2020 January 3 6:30 am
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    4 – Predictable as the sun rise.

  5. 2020 January 3 6:36 am
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    bc3b permalink

    It would have been one thing had the drone taken him out at his granddaughter’s birthday party and killed a dozen children, but he was in Iraq quarterbacking operations against Iraq and the United States.

    The fact that he was in Iraq shows how emboldened he had become, which led to his demise. Obama and his red lines aren’t around any more.

  6. 2020 January 3 6:53 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    Something tells me that US intel knew the whole chain of events surrounding the embassy protests and aftermath well in advance. Way too much to be coincidence.

  7. 2020 January 3 6:55 am
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    JimNorCal permalink

    I seem to recall Obama drone-killing Americans who had gone to the region to serve with Isis.
    No declaration of war.
    No conviction in court.
    No approval by Congress.

    Anyway, I personally am overjoyed.
    C’mon Iran, hit back. Then, let’s shut the Gulf of Hormuz or destroy Khargh Island. Let’s see you live without oil money. Let’s see who supports you when you have no oil to offer.

  8. 2020 January 3 7:16 am
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    justrand permalink

    The Democrat/media/Hollywood cabal are probably going to start a Go-Fund-Me page for this mutt.

    Me? I’d dance a jig but my knee is acting up again 🙂

    https://twitchy.com/samj-3930/2020/01/03/you-do-not-apologize-for-me-rose-mcgowen-dragged-like-weve-never-seen-dragged-before-for-off-the-charts-insane-dear-iran-tweet/

  9. 2020 January 3 7:28 am
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    8 –
    One would hope…but let’s also keep in mind, at this point can we really trust anything the US IC says particularly when it comes to details?
    Raw capabilities to know the info sure… but who knows what actually gets told or massaged before hitting the oval, though I image like many of us potus has got to be pretty skeptical at this point, he damn sure should be after bs they pull over him re: Douma, not to mention everything else during and before his term.

    So allegedly they were all there to coordinate and discuss future ops against US in region and current iraqi gov, basically planning a coup against current iraqi government using pmu’s to do arrests or so the rumor mill suggested last night. Probably why iraq intelligence was all to happy to assist on this even on their own soil. I have no idea if that’s 100% true, but it was floating around last night, but it certainly fits in nicely with ‘why were they all meeting together in person’ and the quick decision to finally take advantage of another window to get rid of him. This also fit in with the few raids that happened soon after the strike, if there were other primary plotters that would be the time to pick them up.

    Whatever they were meeting for, it surely wasn’t for mapping out middle east peace. 😉

  10. 2020 January 3 7:33 am
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    10 – Is she trying to be Jane Fonda?

    edit: I see Tehran Rose nickname is already being passed around.

  11. 2020 January 3 7:37 am
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    “Obama’s Assistant Defense Secretary, Evelyn Farkas, Pictured in Ukraine in Burisma Outfit”

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/01/breaking-exclusive-obamas-assistant-defense-secretary-evelyn-farkas-pictured-in-ukraine-in-burisma-outfit-with-shady-atlantic-council/

    G.Carlin would be proud, at least she was wearing the nascar’ish type outfit he used to joke about.

  12. 2020 January 3 7:46 am
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    “2020 wasn’t just the start of a new decade, it was also the time the University of Delaware was supposed to release Joe Biden’s Senate records to the public. biden’s senate papers

    However, the HuffPost reports that Biden’s senatorial papers from 1973-2009 “will remain locked up for 2020.”

    https://menrec.com/bidens-senate-papers-to-remain-locked-up-in-2020-what-are-they-hiding/

    Anyone surprised?

  13. 2020 January 3 8:21 am
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    Another one going into life support mode, so basically she’s done but she’ll stay on the ballots she’s already on I guess.

    https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/jan/2/marianne-williamson-lays-campaign-staff/

    Oh and I had to laugh at this one.

    Breaking:
    John Bolton has been hospitalized after his erection from the Iran news lasted more than 4 hours. pic.twitter.com/qWwicSo5G4
    — CNM (@CNMneews) January 3, 2020

  14. 2020 January 3 8:47 am
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    bc3b permalink

    KH #17 –

    During the Nam era Bolton pulled strings to get into a national guard unit that had absolutely no chance of going to Nam.

  15. 2020 January 3 9:08 am
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    18 – Maybe you misinterpreted, the tweet was making fun of Bolton as was I by extension.

  16. 2020 January 3 9:19 am
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    bc3b permalink

    KH #19

    No misinterpretation – just stating a fact that Bolton, like former VP Dick Cheney and so many other neo-cons did everything possible to avoid fighting in wars. Bush43 also joined an AF national guard unit that had no chance of going to Nam.

    During the Nam era, there were long waiting lists to join the National Guard because it was a sure-fire way to avoid combat. That has changed.

  17. 2020 January 3 9:23 am
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    Random

  18. 2020 January 3 9:48 am
    [22]

    Why Communists And Socialists Are Electing District Attorneys Across The Nation
    https://www.trevorloudon.com/2020/01/why-communists-and-socialists-are-electing-district-attorneys-across-the-nation/

  19. 2020 January 3 10:50 am
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    JimNorCal permalink

  20. 2020 January 3 10:52 am
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    JimNorCal permalink

    Apparently the Iran general was ID’ed by his ring.

  21. 2020 January 3 10:54 am
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    JimNorCal permalink

    Memes are flooding the internet.
    I’m guessing tomorrow’s Week In Pics will be bountiful …

  22. 2020 January 3 11:03 am
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    23 – oof… LOL
    25 – For sure.

  23. 2020 January 3 12:27 pm
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    justrand permalink

    Rose is just trying to grab another news cycle, and give more people a chance to find out just who the hell this bitch is??

    who is she? 🙂

  24. 2020 January 3 12:59 pm
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    Eph permalink

  25. 2020 January 3 1:13 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    Trump has got the left to support MS-13 (because you shouldn’t refer to animals as animals) and now the Iran.

  26. 2020 January 3 1:18 pm
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    bc3b permalink

  27. 2020 January 3 1:32 pm
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    Eph permalink

    BC,

    Bernie vs Trump

    Book it

  28. 2020 January 3 2:01 pm
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    MI Conservative permalink

  29. 2020 January 3 4:39 pm
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    justrand permalink

    the whirring sound you hear is our Founding Fathers spinning in their graves

    if this a$$hole EVER gets within shouting distance of the White House…on anything other than a tour bus…it will be time for Civil War 2.0

    https://bearingarms.com/cam-e/2020/01/03/bloomberg-we-cant-just-let-average-americans-have-guns/

  30. 2020 January 3 6:41 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    M. Waters gets punked — https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/01/03/russian-pranksters-maxine-waters-fell-for-call-from-greta-thunberg-offering-a-taped-trump-confession/ — I am convinced ever more often that we Citizens require that anyone running for office must pass a 1000 question civics test before filing. Also required of their immediate staffers.

  31. 2020 January 3 7:20 pm
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    More strikes tonight, apparently various heads of various different Iranian backed PMU’s were attempting to scurry back to Iran – some didn’t make it. Also turks hit a pkk tarket in norther iraq. Additional unconfirmed report at least one leadership strike on a target in Yeman, not clear if that was US or KSA at the helm. All apparently were related to targets that had some close association with Soleimani. Details\conformations still coming in.

    Has a sort of all family business well be handled tonight feel to it related to soleimani network at least.

  32. 2020 January 3 7:23 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    Transgenderism full circle — https://www.zerohedge.com/health/transgender-trailblazer-legally-reclaims-original-sex — Like the commercial said, “Not nice to fool Mother Nature”.

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