I was readying a piece about Qasem Soleimani when I got the news:
President Trump ordered a game-changing U.S. military attack that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem 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.
Soleimani is the military mastermind whom Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had deemed equally as dangerous as Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. In October, Baghdadi killed himself during a U.S. raid on a compound in northwest Syria, seven months after the so-called ISIS “caliphate” crumbled as the terrorist group lost its final swath of Syrian territory in March.
Justice has been served. Iran is outraged:
Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif tweeted after the attack “The US’ act of international terrorism, targeting & assassinating General Soleimani—THE most effective force fighting Daesh (ISIS), Al Nusrah, Al Qaeda et al—is extremely dangerous & a foolish escalation.”
I couldn’t give a damn.
The UN is outraged
The U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial killing on Friday said the President Trump-approved drone strike against Qassem Soleimani, Iran’s top general, violated international human rights law.
In a lengthy Twitter thread, Agnès Callamard said that “outside the context of active hostilities, the use of drones or other means for targeted killing is almost never likely to be legal,” adding that the U.S. would need to prove the person targeted constituted an imminent threat to others.
She also took issue with the justification for using drones in another country on the basis of self-defense.
I couldn’t give a damn. barack obama killed four Americans – including a 16 year old- and the world shrugged it off. He too is probably outraged, as he loses someone he admired.
I couldn’t give a damn.
democrats are outraged that this evil monster is dead:
Several Democrats vying for the White House in 2020 condemned Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani before taking aim at President Trump for ordering the deadly airstrike that will escalate tensions in the region and was done so without Congress’ approval.
Former Vice President Joe Biden claimed that by ordering the airstrike Trump “just tossed a stick of dynamite into a tinderbox.”
In a lengthy statement, Biden said Trump “owes the American people an explanation of the strategy and plan to keep our troops and embassy personnel, our people and our interests, both here at home and abroad, and our partners throughout the region and beyond.
I couldn’t care less. They’re idiots.
There’s a reason I have looking forward to this day for a long, long time. This action is on a level with the elimination of Osama Bin Laden. Soleimani was responsible for the deaths and maiming of thousands of Americans:
The Pentagon confirmed Thursday evening that Trump had ordered the attack that killed Soleimani and other military officials at Baghdad International Airport in Iraq. Iran’s top “shadow commander” was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American and coalition service members and the wounding of thousands more, the State Department said.
I cannot begin to express how pleased I am at this and here’s why.
“Soleimani is the guy that sent the copper-tipped IEDs into Iraq,” said Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain, referring to powerful improvised explosive devices, which Marine Corps Commandant General Joseph Dunford testified last week were responsible for the deaths of 500 soldiers and Marines.
Soleimani supplied IED’s to Iraq and Afghanistan which resulted thousands of dead and wounded American soldiers.
As part of his Iran deal, obama gave Soleimani sanctions relief.
That Soleimani—who runs Iran’s elite paramilitary and covert operations group, the Quds Force—was even on the list appeared to catch some U.S. officials by surprise. A senior administration official briefing reporters on Tuesday morning didn’t have a ready response when asked when and why Soleimani was added. Secretary of State John Kerry reportedly denied that the 58-year-old general was on the list to be freed from the sanctions yoke. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, agreed, saying Soleimani—whom the U.S. accused in 2011 of plotting to launch a terrorist attack in the United States—had been confused with someone else with a similar name.
They were all wrong—or maybe didn’t want to be right. Soleimani is, in fact, on the list, a Treasury Department official later confirmed to The Daily Beast. And his presence definitely surprised some powerful lawmakers, who are already sharpening their knives for a filleting of the Iran deal.
Obama likely financed the attack on the US Embassy in Iraq.
Pompeo got it right
“We didn’t send pallets of cash to the Iranians. We didn’t pay for hostages. We didn’t create a deal which would have given them a clear pathway to a nuclear weapon. We have taken a very different approach. We believe it’s the one that will ultimately lead to success and stability in the Middle East,”
Iran is, of course, shaking its fist at the US.
We should not give a damn. Iran is learning that the US will no longer bend over and take it up the wazoo as it did under obama.
@Rich wheeler: All the media and all your Democrats denounced them both. Baghdadi was a “reclusive cleric” and Soleimani was a “brave soldier”. Who but Democrats or Quds member would describe Soleimani like that?
You haven’t explained why, if Iranians intended to kill Americans with their missiles, they gave them warning and missed most targets?
Tulsi Gabbard, who played the wordsmith game when she said that the downing of the Ukrainian flight was a “very unfortunate consequence of this escalation of war.”
Seems your gal is not willing to say that the shooting down of the Ukrainian flight was the sole responsibility of the Iranians, a non-answer that tells you where she really is and what she really thinks.
The truth can be quite shocking. It must be devastating to find out your party is full of traitors. Unless you agree with them.
@Rich wheeler: Link to what they said
I read the first transcript and he indeed said they were meant to kill, what he says in a press conference knowing the Iranis are listening and what he know may be 2 different things. Who really cares none of our men were hurt, as you could tell a few buildings will need to be rebuilt and there is the goat trauma.
They also said,
If the Iranis dont want more of their military leaders to go boom they must control the militias from using terrorist tactics using a power drills on small childrens legs, murdering innocent Christians, taking sex slaves etc. and not attacking our soldiers and our nice things.
Or we will blow them up too.
@retire05: Dementia?—you who derides me for calling you old—about 5 years older than me—
Aren’t you a bit hypocritical old 5?
Switching out Manchurian for Cambodian?? I like it-
Deplorable David Duke is a Nazi, a racist, a registered Repub and a huge supporter of Trump—does that make all Repubs who support Trump racist Nazis?-
@Richard Wheeler: Farrakhan is a racist anti-Semite that promotes violence and a huge favorite of Democrats. Photos to prove it.
Iranian terrorists, kill their own people and American military and a huge favorite of Democrats.
Illegal immigrants flood into our country, bringing disease and crime, subsidized by the US taxpayer and a huge favorite of Democrats.
Many liberal states are passing abortion laws that allow for late term abortion right up to the moment of birth for any conceivable reason, a huge favorite of Democrats.
Does that make everyone and everything Democrats support the antithesis of American values? Yes. Yes it does.
Unlike Obama who never denounced racist/anti-Semites Farrakhan and Sharpton, Trump has denounced Duke more than once.
Duke, like 70% of dems, was opposed to Soleimani being taken out. Straight from the piece of shit’s website. He complimented him the same way the left did.
He is, unlike Trump but like Omar(D), AOC(D) and Tlaib(D), a staunch anti-Semite. His rants against Israel echo those of Omar whom the dems failed to denounce for her anti-Semitism.
And look who he endorsed for POTUS. I guess her denunciation of his endorsement is good enough but all of Trump’s weren’t. Unlike you, I apply the same standard. Either both denunciations are good enough or neither are.
@another vet: You missed my point entirely.
Deplorable’s rant not worth a response.
I’m gonna enjoy a great football weekend—Like Watson to get the upset.
Monday’s college championship LSU 48–34 over Clemson—-Where is Red Team?
Everyone take a deep breath-
Rumor has it members close to Achmed are being arrested and the Airliner incident no accident. Somebody didnt like the boss and tipped off our IC. Another Iran had a beef with Ukraines new Prez not wanting to help them skirt sanctions…Who knows… life is cheap there.
It looks like Trump’s diplomacy efforts are working out. The EU is relooking at the Iran Nuclear treaty and thinking of supporting the US effort.
@Randy: What have they got to lose seems everyone knows Achmed was insane and his militias would go about doing crap that would make Josef Mengele shudder, to build a new Persian Empire.
But, if you DID have the guts for a response, what would it be?
Ah. After siding with our enemies and accusing everyone that supports protecting this country as war-mongering racists… let’s all take a deep breath.
@Randy: European countries have always liked doing business with anti-Semitic, despotic regimes. They loved making money dealing with Hussein and they don’t want to miss any profits dealing with Iran. The UN is no better, enjoying the bribes they get from totalitarians.
Not until the UN acts like United Nations, united against evil, oppression and despotism, there will be no peace. Of course, Russia and China benefit from the chaos and turmoil created from the aggression of these regimes, but so-called democratic nations could stop these regimes in their tracks. When they think like our Democrats, totalitarianism and oppression, they put personal ambitions above the good of the planet.
“Having foresight and being able to look at what the consequences are of going to war with Iran, I think is a serious thing, and responsibility of the present Commander-in-Chief, that he and his administration have not looked at,” Gabbard said.
Yes we cant vaporize a butcher of our troops cause a plane might get shot down, WTF. Too busy virture signaling to the leftists to have a real thought of her very own. She should know better, like her superiors didnt weigh consequences. pffft.
Just in case the cable news miss this in their pro Iran propaganda
That would be an accurate statement. It was, in fact, a very unfortunate consequence of escalating hostilities. It was exactly that. A Commander in Chief is, in fact, responsible for the consequences of his or her military decisions. That burden goes with the job. Someone in Iran also bears part of the burden of responsibility.
@Greg: Again, since you obviously haven’t noticed, there WAS no escalation, to war or anything else. Trump calculated the Iranian response and, apparently, calculated it perfectly.
I don’t recall you blaming Obama for the airliner the Russians shot down in Ukraine. Why didn’t Obama see THAT coming and more effectively support the Ukrainians to push the Russian forces out, saving all the lives on that airliner?
@Greg: You make me want to puke what CIC has the ability of seeing every single possible future timeline scenario He isnt God. Shove your ignorant Iran virture signalling insanity. The plane was shot down by Iranians in Iran not caught in wartime crossfire.
From it just blew up by itself Iran is now lying about the planes flight path.