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Posted: Monday, January 13, 2020 11:27 am

The Democrats are in a dither because President Trump took decisive action to eliminate Iranian Revolutionary Guard General Qassem Soleimani, the director of Iran’s worldwide unconventional warfare campaign. The general’s proxy forces have been responsible for hundreds of U.S. casualties and attacks on American allies.  

Iranian proxy forces have been involved in expanding Iranian political power within the Iraqi government with the intention of removing American influence.

Democrats in Congress and their presidential candidates along with their media allies should recall that on Nov. 4, 1979, a group of Iranian “college students” took over the U.S. Embassy in Tehran. Fifty-two Americans were held hostage for 444 days. President Jimmy Carter, a Democrat, called the hostages “victims of terrorism and anarchy.” Carter’s foreign policy team seemed weak and vacillating. The hostage-taking violated the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, which grants diplomats immunity from arrest and makes diplomatic compounds inviolable.

The crisis made America look weak and ineffectual. The Soviet Union took advantage of the perceived weakness to go on a geopolitical offensive.

On Oct. 23, 1983, an Iranian national sponsored by an Iranian backed Shia militia in Beirut, Lebanon drove a truck bomb into the U.S. Marine barracks at the airport. The massive explosion collapsed the building killing 241 personnel. A few minutes later a similar bomb detonated near a French barracks killing 58 paratroopers. The plotters were clandestinely assisted by Iran and Syria. Due to a lack of evidence at the time, the Reagan administration did not retaliate against those countries.

During the Clinton Administration in 1996, Iran and Hezbollah supported local proxy forces in Khobar, Saudi Arabia in conducting a massive truck-bomb attack on a U.S. Air Force barracks that killed 19 personnel and wounded 498 people. In 2006, a U.S court found Iran and Hezbollah guilty of initiating the attack.

In 2012, the U.S. mission in Benghazi was attacked by Libyan radicals resulting in the death of the U.S. ambassador, a Foreign Service employee, and two CIA contractors. Iranian operatives were not involved. However, President Obama and Secretary of State Clinton were criticized for the American response.

President Trump in 2019 held back on retaliating for Iran shooting down an American drone over international waters and the attack on Saudi Arabia’s petroleum facility. He was accused of inaction. This past week the world press showed an attack on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad by Iranian directed militia forces. The president likely knows of other impending operations by Iranian surrogate forces. Trump could not allow that to go unanswered.

Under the Covert Action Statute, 50 U.S.C. Sec. 413b, and Congress’s “Authorization for the Use of Military Force” (AUFM) President Trump was authorized to conduct a targeted killing of General Soleimani and his colleagues. Obama Administration Attorney General Eric Holder previously asserted that, “the Constitution empowers the President to protect the nation from any imminent threat of violent attack.” 

The hate-Trump Democrats and their socialist pals are now protesting this action because it takes away the public interest in their primary mission – the impeachment of President Trump and undermining his conservative/populist agenda. Meanwhile, a major Iranian perpetrator-of-death has been eliminated. 

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