The reactions to President Donald Trump ordering the U.S. drone strike at Baghdad International Airport that killed Iranian Gen. Qassim Soleimani, head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ elite Quds Force, reinforce the belief held by many that Democrats hate Trump more than they love America.
It also leaves one with the notion that this president isn’t messing around.
While the strike escalates tensions in the region significantly, the anti-Trump media is spilling little ink explaining that Iran has been engaged in a series of provocative actions for some time, nor are they detailing the restraint exercised by Trump along the way.
A restraint that clearly reached its limits following the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad this week — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in an interview following the attack that militants were “directed to go to the embassy by Qassem Soleimani.”
Pompeo also shared a video after Soleimani’s death suggesting that the Iraqi people were pleased with the outcome.
Iraqis — Iraqis — dancing in the street for freedom; thankful that General Soleimani is no more. pic.twitter.com/huFcae3ap4
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) January 3, 2020
The incident at the embassy was prompted by a U.S. airstrike on Sunday that killed 25 fighters of Kata’ib Hezbollah, an Iran-backed militia in Iraq — this being retaliation for the killing of a U.S. contractor at an Iraqi military base.
And make no mistake, Iran has “slowly brought the region to a boil,” as noted by The Washington Free Beacon’s Matthew Continetti.
Describing Soleimani’s death as “a stunning blow to international terrorism and a reassertion of American might,” Continetti detailed Iran’s antagonizing actions and the restraint from the president:
“Last June, Iran’s fingerprints were all over two oil tankers that exploded in the Persian Gulf. Trump tightened the screws. Iran downed a U.S. drone. Trump called off a military strike at the last minute and responded indirectly, with more sanctions, cyber attacks, and additional troop deployments to the region. Last September a drone fleet launched by Iranian proxies in Yemen devastated the Aramco oil facility in Abqaiq, Saudi Arabia. Trump responded as he had to previous incidents: nonviolently.
“Iran slowly brought the region to a boil. First it hit boats, then drones, then the key infrastructure of a critical ally. On December 27 it went further. Members of the Kataib Hezbollah militia launched rockets at a U.S. installation near Kirkuk, Iraq. Four U.S. soldiers were wounded. An American contractor was killed.”
As for reactions online, the most egregious by far comes from radical leftist actress Rose McGowan.
In what can only be described as an utter embarrassment, McGowan pleads with Iran to “not kill us” in response to the drone strike.
Taking Trump Derangement to a scary level that may require professional help, the actress offers a humble apology to the world’s leading state sponsor of terror, telling Iran “we are being held hostage by a terrorist regime.”
Her unhinged tweet, which included an Iranian flag with cute emojis, led with “Dear Iran,” which began trending as an avalanche of ridicule fell upon her.
McGowan tweeted: “Dear #Iran, The USA has disrespected your country, your flag, your people. 52% of us humbly apologize. We want peace with your nation. We are being held hostage by a terrorist regime. We do not know how to escape. Please do not kill us. #Soleimani.”
Dear #Iran, The USA has disrespected your country, your flag, your people. 52% of us humbly apologize. We want peace with your nation. We are being held hostage by a terrorist regime. We do not know how to escape. Please do not kill us. #Soleimani pic.twitter.com/YE54CqGCdr
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) January 3, 2020
Of all the many responses to McGowan, this one may have summed things up best:
Obama isn’t in office anymore.
And Trump wasn’t kidding when he told you to back the f*ck off.
He doesn’t play around.
— Educating Liberals (@Education4Libs) January 3, 2020
While McGowan was roundly hammered for her apology, she was far from a lone-leftist on that front.
The people of the world have seen American imperialism & crimes for what they are. This naked imperialism must be answered.
The good people of Iran should know that many in the west oppose this insanity, this murder and this criminality by our governments.
We stand with Iran ✊
— Michael East (@MichaelEast1983) January 3, 2020
And make no mistake, Soleimani was a terrorist — even the Obama administration acknowledged as much, as Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, noted in a tweet responding to Rep. Ilhan Omar, the Muslim Democrat from Minnesota.
According the the Obama Department of Defense, Qasem Soleimani was a terrorist directly responsible for the murder of over 500 US service men & women. Why are congressional Dems outraged that he’s finally dead? See more: https://t.co/7MrD4tyM5y https://t.co/cKYSPLSLmj
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) January 3, 2020
An appropriate counter to McGowen’s appeasement — which brings to mind Neville Chamberlain, the former U.K. prime minister who laid down for Adolph Hitler — was seen from former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke.
“F*ck with the bull, you get the horns. There is a NEW Sheriff in town. His name is [Donald Trump.] Maybe they thought Obama was still the Commander in Chief or that Mrs. Bill Clinton won the 2016 election. Probably don’t understand the electoral college?,” Clarke tweeted.
F*ck with the bull, you get the horns.
There is a NEW Sheriff in town. His name is @realDonaldTrump
Maybe they thought Obama was still the Commander in Chief or that Mrs. Bill Clinton won the 2016 election. Probably don't understand the electoral college?https://t.co/qosndcoci5
— David A. Clarke, Jr. (@SheriffClarke) January 3, 2020
As expected, hand-wringing Democrats responded by taking cheap shots at the commander in chief:
Speaker Pelosi on Soleimani: “Tonight’s airstrike risks provoking further dangerous escalation of violence” + notes the strike tonight was taken without an AUMF or consultation of Congress and also wants a full briefing for Congress immediately pic.twitter.com/sbTGg4NPxA
— Alex Moe (@AlexNBCNews) January 3, 2020
Soleimani was responsible for unthinkable violence and world is better off without him.
But Congress didn’t authorize and American people don’t want a war with Iran.
All steps must now be taken to protect our forces against the almost inevitable escalation and increased risk. https://t.co/Z4HTnScFg7
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) January 3, 2020
Soleimani was an enemy of the United States. That’s not a question.
The question is this – as reports suggest, did America just assassinate, without any congressional authorization, the second most powerful person in Iran, knowingly setting off a potential massive regional war?
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) January 3, 2020
The 2020 leading Democratic presidential candidates quickly seized on the strike to use it for campaign fodder.
Former Vice President Joe Biden is worried that Iran might respond, while Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., called the strike “reckless.” Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., called it a “dangerous escalation.”
My statement on the killing of Qassem Soleimani. pic.twitter.com/4Q9tlLAYFB
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) January 3, 2020
Soleimani was a murderer, responsible for the deaths of thousands, including hundreds of Americans. But this reckless move escalates the situation with Iran and increases the likelihood of more deaths and new Middle East conflict. Our priority must be to avoid another costly war.
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) January 3, 2020
Trump’s dangerous escalation brings us closer to another disastrous war in the Middle East that could cost countless lives and trillions more dollars.
Trump promised to end endless wars, but this action puts us on the path to another one.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) January 3, 2020
Here’s a sampling of supportive responses from those who understand that Trump’s decisive action was an appropriate response to transpiring events:
Qassem Soleimani was an arch terrorist with American blood on his hands. His demise should be applauded by all who seek peace and justice. Proud of President Trump for doing the strong and right thing. @realDonaldTrump ??
— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) January 3, 2020
One of the world’s most pre-eminent sponsors of terrorism, Qassem Soleimani, is dead after spending 20 years spreading death & destruction, including killing hundreds of Americans.
Good night for America, Iraq & the entire region.
My full statement: https://t.co/z5feOSEfh5
— Rep. Dan Crenshaw (@RepDanCrenshaw) January 3, 2020
US air strike which killed Qasem Soleimani was the correct response to repeated Iranian provocations and apparent US intelligence about more to come. Iranian conduct cannot be ignored and @realDonaldTrump is to be commended for responding to awful Iranian actions!
— Governor Christie (@GovChristie) January 3, 2020
A U.S. air strike killed General Qassem Soleimani, and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis.
This is a bigger deal than Osama Bin Laden.
Obama sent Iran cash — Trump is sending them the grim reaper.
— Ryan Fournier (@RyanAFournier) January 3, 2020
Qassem Soleimani, Iran’s most revered military figure has been killed in an air strike in Baghdad
Don’t mess with America under @realDonaldTrump
Obama & Hillary are gone
We fight back now.
America is back
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) January 3, 2020
1. The modern Democrat Party stands with Iran against America. There’s no getting around it. Of course, they’ll take great offense at this observation. But just listen to and read the comments of its leadership.
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) January 3, 2020
Its possible to have been against the Syria strikes, against ground invasions, and also support surgical strikes. Context is everything and dogma is irresponsible. Foreign policy doesn't exit in a vacuum.
Tump just went Jack Wilson on Soleimani
— Jack Posobiec ?? (@JackPosobiec) January 3, 2020
Are people actually afraid Trump has now "pissed Iran off?"
These are the people who have been chanting "Death to America!" for decades.
They were ALREADY pissed off. Now they are pissed off and scared.
— Bill Mitchell (@mitchellvii) January 3, 2020
Interesting seeing some self-described conservatives switching sides to the progressive left and embracing anti-American rhetoric over the Soleimani strike.
Apparently retaliating against a foreign aggressor responsible for hundreds of American deaths is a step too far for them.
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) January 3, 2020
Since we know that Biden has been reliably wrong on every major foreign policy decision of the last 40 years, his opposition to the Soleimani strike should be taken as a huge data point in favor of it https://t.co/CdPteQC7S8
— Buck Sexton (@BuckSexton) January 3, 2020
Huge move by @realDonaldTrump!
Iranian Gen. Qassim Soleimani, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' elite Quds Force, has been killed in the air strike.
Obama flies Iran pallets of cash. President Trump kills Iranian terrorists! https://t.co/oZ4McROyBr
— Andrew Pollack (@AndrewPollackFL) January 3, 2020
The sickest part is that Dems on the Hill know just how many Americans have been killed Soleimani’s ops yet are still crying crocodile tears, condemning Trump.
This goes far beyond the Baghdad Embassy.
He should have been whacked long ago. Screw those saying otherwise.
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) January 3, 2020
— Björn Stritzel (@bjoernstritzel) January 3, 2020
For entertainment purposes, here are a few more liberal responses focused on attacking President Trump:
I’m so terrified & saddened by the news of Trump’s strike on Soleimani. DT is so impulsive & thoughtless, a fully senile diseased boar, drooling, unwell, & a boar w/ access to the nuclear codes doing everything he can to get masses of innocent, peaceful ppl killed in Iran. https://t.co/Gnae2YuBBd
— Patti Harrison (@Party_Harderson) January 3, 2020
We have to hope Iranian leaders are more prudent than Trump, who via assassination just escalated Middle East tensions.
And remember Trump claimed Obama would get us into a war with Iran; posed as a dove who'd get us out of the Middle East; doesn't know Quds from Kurds.
— David Cay Johnston (@DavidCayJ) January 3, 2020
Donald Trump killing Iran's second most powerful leader risks a horrific wider war in which many innocent people will die, in a region already long consumed in death.
But it could also bolster Trump's re-election chances by making him a wartime President. Which he knows.
— Owen Jones? (@OwenJones84) January 3, 2020
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