On Friday, the Pentagon announced that the president had ordered the military to strike Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ elite Quds Force. Soleimani was one of our country’s biggest enemies, being responsible for thousands of deaths of U.S. and Iraqi forces over the years.
But the order to kill Soleimani came only after months of escalations and provocations from Iran, culminating last week with the death of an American contractor at a base near Kirkuk and the wounding of four American service personnel, and the besieging of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.
By any reasonable definition, President Trump had every right to act on the Iranian actions. Indeed, many would argue that he was obligated to do so because his first duty is to protect America and its citizens.
Democrats, however, are so afflicted with hate for the president and the country he leads that they couldn’t contain themselves after hearing the news that Soleimani is no longer breathing. (Related: Is a new proxy war between the U.S. and Iran beginning in Iraq?)
This, from a senator who just two days earlier had complained that the president was “impotent” with Iran. Breitbart News reported:
Murphy, who serves on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, tweeted on Tuesday: “The attack on our embassy in Baghdad is horrifying but predictable. Trump has rendered America impotent in the Middle East. No one fears us, no one listens to us. America has been reduced to huddling in safe rooms, hoping the bad guys will go away. What a disgrace.”
Well, that tweet didn’t age well. And if there is any disgraceful behavior to be ashamed of, it’s not that of the president, it’s this guy.
But Murphy wasn’t the only Democrat offering aid and comfort to our enemy. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), who always seems to favor whatever Muslim country is giving the U.S. trouble, took up for Iran.
In responding to Murphy’s ridiculous tweet (above), she accused Trump of a “wag the dog” scenario and claimed she was going to “stop” him.
What ‘distraction’ could Trump possibly need? Oh, the impeachment thing? That’s the last thing this president is concerned about, because despite the disgraceful conduct of House Democrats returning two bogus articles of impeachment against him, there is zero chance he’s going to be removed from office by the Senate.
But here’s the thing: Where were these Democrats when President Obama was launching one drone strike after another throughout the Middle East, in Iraq and Syria in particular?
We know that Omar wasn’t in office yet, but Murphy was.
So was Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who complained about Trump’s action as well. Joe Biden complained, and he was Obama’s vice president. Bernie Sanders complained, but he’s a closet Commie and nothing America does to defend herself is ever acceptable to him.
The Washington Times reported in April 2015 that by then, Obama had ordered the launch of more than 2,800 strikes against targets in Syria and Iraq, “all as part of a conflict Congress has yet to specifically authorize — and amid worries lawmakers won’t ever act.”
The paper noted:
Mr. Obama has justified the attacks under his commander in chief powers and under the 2001 resolution authorizing force against al Qaeda, and the 2002 resolution authorizing the ouster of Saddam Hussein in Iraq.
So, what’s different now? Well, Trump is in the White House now, so bring on the Democrat hypocrisy.
It’s bad enough Democrats are accusing Trump of abusing power over this strike. It’s worse in that they couldn’t have cared less a few years ago.