Since September 11, 2001, the United States has been on a mission to eradicate terrorism from the world. Right after the 9/11 attacks on our nation, we responded by sending thousands of troops overseas into areas where extremists bent on the destruction of America resided. And we prevailed. We found our enemies, and we took our revenge. We toppled Saddam Hussein’s rule and brought his power to an end.
But that did not mean all of our problems with terrorism would also come to a halt. On the contrary, actually. As with just about any corrupt and divisive system, there always seems to be someone else or several others who will eventually step up and take over, continuing the cycle of hate and violence. Proof of that can be found in the recent attack on the US embassy in Baghdad, Iraq carried out by Quds forces organized and lead by Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani.
And so our war on terrorism has continued. In response to that recent attack, our government scoured the earth for Soleimani. When an opportunity presented itself, President Donald Trump wisely ordered that our military engage Soleimani and end his oppressive rule.
But of course, those who oppose our Commander-in-Chief aren’t happy with his decision. Some, like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, claim he had no authority to act in such a way because he did not obtain congressional approval. Pelosi wrote, “The Trump Admin has conducted strikes in Iraq targeting high-level Iranian military officials and killing Iranian Quds Force Commander Qassem Soleimani without an AUMF against Iran. Further, this action was taken without the consultation of the Congress.”
Others say the swift action will only cause more harm than good, such as former VP Joe Biden, who likened it to “throwing a stick of dynamite on a tinderbox.”
However, what each criticism fails to acknowledge is the hypocrisy they prove.
For those like Pelosi and Schumer, who are worried about the president overstepping his bounds, they seem to have forgotten that their very own Barack Obama carried out more than 2,800 similar missions, all without congressional approval. Yet, he was never chastised for it somehow.
And as Senator Lindsey Graham, who was a military lawyer for 33 years, pointed out, Trump has every right to do what he did. He told Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo this past weekend, Trump “does not need congressional authorization to defend troops in the field of harm’s way.”
For those like Biden, the hypocrisy is no less personal. In fact, it is even more so. Biden, as the former vice president, held significant sway over the construction of the new Iraqi government in 2011 after Saddam Hussein was killed. But instead of placing someone who would lead without regard to partisan concern and impartiality, Biden chose Nuri Al-Malika to be Prime Minister of Iraq, who was handpicked by Soleimani himself and completely anti-American. Thus, under Al-Malika’s control, the nation became a puppet state of Iran.
The “tinderbox” Biden refers to was of his own making. And yet he has the gall to blame Trump.
And Sleepy Joe isn’t the only one who says this move was one that will create even more chaos. Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says that Trump now “risks the lives of millions of innocent people.”
She tweeted last Friday, “Last night the President engaged in what is widely being recognized as an act of war against Iran, one that now risks the lives of millions of innocent people. Now is the moment to prevent war & protect innocent people – the question for many is how, publicly & Congressionally.”
But Senator Graham wasn’t about to let her off the hook either. He responded by saying, “AOC doesn’t know anything about the law of armed conflict, obviously. Every commander in chief has the right to defend our people on the battlefield.”
And since it has become public knowledge that Soleimani and his forces had planned for more similar and just as devastating terrorist, that is precisely what this was. The President was defending his citizens, the people he swore an oath to protect, from a force that was hell-bent on doing them harm.
As Graham pointed out, “In AOC’s world, I guess we’re supposed to sit back and watch a bunch of Americans get killed. We’re not the bad guys. The Iranians are the bad guys and if you don’t see that, you’ve missed a lot in the last 40 years.”