President Donald Trump ordered an airstrike that killed Iranian General Qassim Solemani in Baghdad Thursday, responding to attacks on the US Embassy in the country by Shia militia by striking their Iranian allies forcefully.
Soleimani was a commander of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard, and had been a significant player in Middle Eastern geopolitics for years. Soleimani trained and equipped many of the Shia militias that fought American troops in Iraq after the 2003 invasion of the country.
He would go on to lead military operations as a representative of Iran in the Syrian Civil War, and the war against the ensuing spillover of the ISIS caliphate into Iraq.
Sources indicate that Soleimani was killed by incoming rocket projectiles as he disembarked from a plane arriving at the Baghdad airport.
It goes without saying to American patriots that the Shia Islamist militant was a villain. But it’s worth considering the broader national security considerations of the operation. Neocons may seek to use the operation as a launching pad for full-fledged regime change war in the Middle East.
However, it’s also worth noting that the Trump administration has taken decisive yet limited military action in the region that didn’t result in prolonged conflicts. President Trump has attacked Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime twice during his tenure, but Assad has secured a favorable, stable position in the nation’s seemingly endless and proxy-ridden civil war.
Tucker Carlson cautioned America First patriots on the implications of unchecked bellicosity against Iran on his show Thursday evening.
Tucker Carlson Going Off on Neo-Cons
“The very people demanding action against Iran tonight…are the very same ones demanding that you ignore the invasion of America now in progress from the South.”
“They’re liars, they don’t care about you, they don’t care about your kids.” pic.twitter.com/8kNllBWtPF
— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) January 3, 2020
America First supporters should treat the operation to kill Soleimani with cautious, limited approval. The Iranian general is complicit in the grievous wounding and killing of U.S service members, and the United States government should take decisive measures to avenge them, regardless of the horribly flawed policy that deployed them to Iraq in the first place.
But by no means should the United States instigate a full-fledged war with Iran over an attempt by a mob to storm an embassy.
President Trump tweeted a picture of an American flag in the aftermath of the operation Thursday night.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 3, 2020
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