Friday, January 3, 2020

Qassem Soleimani: Rest in Pieces

Qassem Soleimani: Rest in Pieces The Mideast and Afghanistan have historically been a quagmire for foreign powers. Britain, France, Italy, Russia left against their will. Even the Ottomans lost Egypt before World War I. They are also constantly fighting among themselves. The United States was pulled into the region when President Carter made three mistakes. First he forced the Shah of Iran out in 1979 to be replaced by the fanatical Ayatollah Khomeini. The second was to let the Iranians hold our people hostage for 444 days from November 4, 1979 to January 20, 1980 with no retribution. The third was the botched rescue mission on April 24, 1980. America looked weak. Two suicide bombers blew up the Marine barracks and a French position in Lebanon on November 23, 1983. 241 Marines and 58 French military perished in the terrorist attacks. The Marine guards had unloaded weapons. President Reagan had planes bomb and the battleship U.S.S. Iowa shell a few targets, and then pulled the Marines out early in 1984. America looked weak. President Clinton passed on several opportunities to take out Osama Bin-Laden. The President sent cruise missiles to take out Al Qaeda training facilities in Afghanistan, but gave a heads up to Pakistan. The terrorists were gone before the missiles struck. No wonder Osama Bin-Laden said America was weak. President George W. Bush invaded Afghanistan and then Iraq. Afghanistan was necessary because the Taliban were sheltering Osama Ben-Ladin. Iraq has not worked out well. Saddam Hussein may have been a brutal, psychopathic dictator, but he kept the lid on the pressure cooker that was Iraq with Sunnis, Shia, and Kurds, a combustible mix. Nation building in the Mideast is a losing proposition. The Democrats are saying Soleimani was bad, but President Trump should not have authorized the missile attack without first notifying Congress and without a plan. President Trump has a plan: KEEP AMERICANS SAFE!!!! President Trump has a plan: Be Proactive,. Apparently the Democrats want to return to President Obama’s policy of appeasement. President Obama response to Iranian provocations was appeasement. He sent $1.4 billion in cash in crates on pallets to Iran on midnight unmarked flights for the weak nuclear accord. No conditions were attached to the deal. The deal lifted all sanctions against Iran releasing another $1 billion in frozen assets globally to Iran. President Obama a short time later sent another $400 million to Iran in exchange for 3, but not all, of the American hostages held by Iran. Iran used the proceeds to fund terrorism throughout the Mideast and build up its military. Israel wanted to send planes to destroy the Iranian nuclear facilities. President Obama threatened to have the U.S. shoot down the Israeli planes. He also prevented Israel from killing the terrorist Soleimani. The President never accounted for a few missing hours when terrorists attacked the American consulate in Benghazi, killing Ambassador Stevens. The military received several stand down orders, precluding a timely rescue effort. President Obama said Syria would cross a redline if Syria President Assad used poison gas against his people. Assad did and President Obama did nothing. Iran’s General Qassem Soleimani was the consummate terrorist leader. He was more dangerous than Osama Bin-Laden and Aku Bakr al-Baghadi of ISIS. He was the most dangerous because he proved it over two decades as the terrorist leader of Iran’s state sponsored terrorism. He answered only to the Ayatollah Khamenei, the supreme leader of Iran. Now he answers only to Allah. His hands were bloody with American and Arab, Christian, Jewish, and Muslim blood on his hands. General Soleimani was not killed because he wore an uniform in the Iranian Army. He was killed because he was the terrorist leader Three American Missiles fired from an American Raptor MQ-9 blew Soleimani and six other terrorists to smithereens. His body was identified by his ring. He was blown to pieces. Let him rest in pieces in Hell. One of the other deceased was Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes, a leader of the Iran affiliated Iraqi militant militia. Democrats fear Iran may retaliate. That’s absurd. Iran doesn’t need an excuse to strike against American interests, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia. They sponsor, finance, and train terrorist groups to do their dirty work. They have also acted on their own: seizing two tankers, shooting down an unmanned American drown, and firing missiles into Saudi Arabia’s oil fields. President Reagan had the right idea when the Iranian Navy acted provocatively. The U.S. Navy destroyed it in an absence of publicity. Soleimani was arrogant and careless in flying into Baghdad Airport because he could seemingly travel with impunity because he had for two decades. Several commentators and observers called the action an “Act of War.” N.B. Iran has been in an asymmetrical war with the United States for almost four decades. It has been escalating the war. War is war. The United States will respond with asymmetrical measures. Soleimani has beeb engaged in open and court operations for 20 years President Trump said today: “We took action last night to stop a war. We did not take action to start a war.” The Trump Administration had intelligence of an impending massive terrorist attack. The President also said we are not looking for a regime change in Iran. Maybe, but they’ll cheer if it happened! ______________________________________________________________________________ A Few Side Comments Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez with her usual warped thought process warned President Trump was putting millions of innocent persons at risk. Representative Omar warned against President Trump operating a “distractive war with Iran to escape impeachment. Senator Chris Murphy a few days ago said no one fears the United States after the terrorist assault on the Baghdad embassy a few days ago. He said today on CNN that the President’s actions “seem disproportionate to the threat” posed by Soleimani. He’s also fearful that the President has ignited a “potential massive regional war.” The Washington Post has problems with its headline writers. The writer initially called the embassy attackers “mourners.” Today’s initial headline called the terrorist “Iran’s revered military leader,” but that’s not as bad as last October when the Post called Soleimani an “austere religious scholar.” Josh Rogin’s op-ed in today’s Post reads “U.S. enemies are calling Trump’s bluffs,” a case of bad timing. The editorial starts: “Iran’s tactical victory: Mr. Trump’s blunders hand Tehran an advantage in Iraq.” Here’s the lesson from the targeted killing of General Qassem Soleimani: President Trump sent a message to world leaders: Don’t Mess With the United States