As he has a knack for doing, Fox News’ Greg Gutfeld made an important point about President Trump’s decision to order the airstrike that killed an Iranian general.
And, as is often the case, Gutfeld’s observations about there being a change under Trump in who dies in war were under-reported.
“If there’s one thing we have learned in three years that Trump will always respond. If you ask a dumb question, Trump’s going to reply,” Gutfeld said on Saturday’s show.
Gutfeld played several clips of the president responding to reporting from CNN and to testimony from the Democratic Party’s partisan impeachment effort, before adding a response from the president to the US Embassy in Baghdad being attacked by supporters of Iran-backed militias.
“Yes, a U.S. drone took out the guy who helped direct wars in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, and Lebanon,” Gutfeld explained. “A guy whose efforts led to the deaths of hundreds of Americans in Iraq. He was a bad guy doing really bad things for a really long time. So is it bad to kill a bad guy?”
Gutfeld played a montage of talking heads agreeing that Iranian General Qassim Soleimani, head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ elite Quds Force, was a bad guy, even as Democrats denounced the decision to kill him as being done not in the interest of America, but in the president’s interest.
“Self-interest? OK, Trump ran a campaign on avoiding quagmires and his supporters had their fill with Iraq, Libya, and Syria,” Gutfeld observed. “So this action seems to be the opposite of self-interest. It’s a country’s interest — our country. If you ask me, Trump took action to stop a war and not start one.”
“He’s sending a clear message that Trump means what he says,” he added. “That it’s never a good idea to stake out your army in another country and plan attacks against the U.S. and think that you are going to get away with it. Not while he is president.”
Gutfeld then shifted his focus to CNN and the network’s “best headline” on the airstrike.
“President Trump dined on ice cream as news of the airstrike broke,” blared the CNN headline displayed.
“As if Trump indulging in a sweetened dairy product makes the strike that much worse,” Gutfeld said. “Not for me CNN. It actually makes it that much better.”
“Wouldn’t you want your president to be eating ice cream while he eliminates a mass murderer?” he asked. “I do. I would say that’s pretty cool.”
Questioning all the Mid East experts that have been trotted out to denounce Trump, Gutfeld was on point when he said “no one has ever gotten that region right. Ever.”
“And anyone who sees killing a murderous general as worse than sending pallets of money to that general’s country can be no expert. He can be a moron,” he added.
(Under Obama, the U.S. secretly organized an airlift of $400 million in cash to Iran, stacked on wooden pallets — part of $1.7 billion his administration transferred to the country.)
Amid the outcry on the left about the killing of a top military leader of an adversarial government, Gutfeld put it all into perspective when considering who typically dies in war.
“Isn’t the killing of old generals by drone preferable to sending waves of young men and women to their deaths on a battlefield?” he asked. “So maybe this doesn’t mean war at all. War is when the old generals send young people to die. Under Trump, we just kill those old generals.”
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