*Richard M. Nixon’s book The Real War has a list of rules for the presidency. Rule number six is: “Never let your adversary underestimate what you would do in response to a challenge. Never tell him in advance what you would not do.”
Just so you understand, invading the embassy of a sovereign nation is the same as invading that nation. The embassy is the soil of that nation. Period. This is why citizens of a foreign nation can seek refuge in an embassy, because wherever that embassy is, whatever nation the embassy resides in, it cannot be violated by the hosting nation. Not that terrorists care anything about international law or have any respect for sovereign nations, mind you.
Iran violated the aforementioned internationally recognized precept on November 4, 1979, lasting until January 20, 1981. On or about January 1 of 2020, Iran’s leader Ayatollah Khamenei taunted U.S. leader Donald Trump claiming “you can’t do anything” when Iran-backed protesters stormed the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, Iraq.
Whether Iran likes it or not, storming an embassy is an attack on the embassy’s national, sovereign soil. It turns out, President Trump could do something. Aided by intelligence sources who should remain protected for their own safety, a U.S. drone killed Qassem Soleimani, leader of the elite Quds military force of Iran.
Soleimani was responsible for the deaths of as many as five-hundred U.S. troops, by his aid in helping Iraqi forces use roadside bombs, among other methods of violence. Soleimani was not in Iran, he was in Iraq, being at just the wrong place at just the right time. Soleimani had been instrumental in the financing and equipping of terrorists throughout the Middle East.
While Iran (and some members of the U.S. Congress) might consider Soleimani a hero, to many, inside and out of Iran, he was just another terrorist. Iran has long considered (since the 1979 invasion of our embassy) the U.S. as a weak nation, unwilling to get our hands dirty fighting back against their provocations. Iranians regularly hold “death to America” rallies, seeking a scapegoat for their own governmental glitches, not the least of which is its disintegrating economy.
Soleimani was responsible for the deaths of as many as five-hundred U.S. troops…”
But the Iranian theocracy has a pious rationalizing for all of its misbehavior: It’s all in the name of Allah. The list of crimes punishable by death in Iran would take up an entire paragraph, but among the highlights are arson, rebellion, adultery, blasphemy, recidivist consumption of alcohol, and producing or publishing pornography, among many others, that would put many members of the U.S. Congress on the gallows quite quickly.
It’s rather amazing that members of Congress want a “briefing” on the whats and whys of Soleimani’s killing, as simply being directly responsible for ending the lives of hundreds of U.S. soldiers is nowhere near enough to take him out with a Hellfire R9X, when he is on foreign soil plotting with dissidents to kill more Americans.
They want an explanation. Qassem Soleimani has a laundry list of violations of every international law imaginable, of deaths of any person with whom he disagreed. If Barack Obama had done this, he would be a hero protecting U.S. soldiers. Since Trump did it, given enough time, the Democrats in Congress try to make it an impeachable offense.
As for publicizing classified information regarding the killing, Congress has no need to know now, nor in the immediate future.
Classified information is classified for a reason.
Those who gave the U.S. the information do not need to be sacrificed just because some Congressman has some curiosity, or wants to use it against the Trump administration. Iran’s mullahs might think that Soleimani will be treated as a saint in the afterlife, but he’s only seen the beginning of hellfire.
Update: Iran, on January 9, shot down a Ukrainian passenger jet, killing all 176 passengers. Iran also launched missiles against what they believed to be an American base in Iraq, but killed no Americans.
The shooting down of an unarmed plane is just more evidence that Iran really doesn’t have enough knowledge to be armed with the arsenal that it currently owns, let alone the weapons it aspires to obtain.
An Iran with nuclear weapons could not be trusted.
In the meantime, the U.S. Congress passed a resolution restricting President Trump on what he can do regarding Iran. The resolution has legal precedent with the War Powers Resolution Act of 1973.
Congress would do well to allow the president to be the commander in chief of the military, to defend the U.S. against all enemies, both foreign and domestic. By the resolution, Congress has only demonstrated its resentment to President Trump, and with present legislation, done little or nothing to protect U.S. forces and allies in the region.
Let’s be clear: The U.S. has no fight with the Iranian people. The population of Iran has been abused for decades by the leadership that has imposed restrictions that any member of the U.S. Congress would find atrocious, and yet, they create legislation to curtail the efforts of our president to eliminate those same leaders. Iran has the blood of thousands of innocent victims on its hands, led by Soleimani. Perhaps the killing of Soleimani and the fruitless efforts of revenge by Iran will wake up the Iranian people and foment real change in Iran, a nation whose sponsorship of terrorism has been an undeclared war which Iran has sponsored for decades.
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