The Rightful Fall of a Terrorist

The Rightful Fall of a Terrorist

Weekly Column

Earlier this month, the Pentagon announced that the U.S. military and intelligence communities were successful in taking out terrorist leader General Qasem Soleimani during an airstrike in Baghdad, Iraq.

Soleimani was more than a bad actor. He was a designated terrorist for 13 years, but his terrible record encompassed decades. Well beyond the Middle East, he was actively seeking to do us harm by targeting our diplomats, service members and partners. At his direction, the Quds Force wreaked havoc and extreme terror in the region, causing the loss of hundreds of American lives and injuring thousands more. Most recently, he was the mastermind behind the December 31 attack on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. To protect our personnel and partners against mounting threats and aggression, I believe President Trump was right to act in defense and with precision when he did.

To be clear, President Trump does not want war with Iran. And despite false claims to the contrary, he has not waged war with Iran. However, in accordance with Article II of the Constitution, the president appropriately exercised defensive action in response to the Iranian regime’s ever-increasing aggression against United States interests. He did so by killing a longtime terrorist responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Americans and who was undoubtedly plotting to kill even more. Certainly, protecting Americans in the face of danger – and from a longtime enemy and designated terrorist – doesn’t warrant the partisan response from Democrats thus far, including their passage of a premature resolution meant to limit the president from acting against Iran in the future.




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