Dem Sen warns of war, blasts Trump for going rogue with Iran days after ripping him for rendering America ‘impotent’

(CBS News video screenshots)

The elimination of top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani by the Trump administration late Thursday EST provoked two distinct responses.

Democrats acknowledged the general’s evil ways but portrayed his removal as an illicit “assassination” conducted without congressional authorization. They also warned that his removal may spur another war in the Middle East.

Days after mocking President Trump for rendering America ‘impotent’ following the U.S. Embassy attack in Iraq (more on that below), Sen Chris Murphy raised the red flag of a possible war with Iran and questioned Trump for going rogue without Congress.


Republicans meanwhile celebrated the move because of Soleimani’s lifelong history of promoting terrorism abroad and partaking in the murder of American servicemen. They also pointed to Iran’s recent aggression, as well as the months of patience and restraint that President Donald Trump had shown prior to Soleimani’s elimination.


Both sets of responses were arguably valid. Soleimani was indeed an evil man who deserved to be eliminated. Conversely, his elimination was indeed a controversial action that could spur a major conflict in the Middle East.

There are however some other factors to consider.

Factor One

Affiliates of an Iranian-backed Iraqi Shiite militia and foreign terrorist organization known as Kata’ib Hezbollah have in the past two months committed at least 11 attacks on U.S. bases in Iraq and Syria. One attack last Friday led to the death of an American contractor.

In response, over the weekend the Trump administration ordered airstrikes in Iraq and Syria on the FTO’s facilities. Angry over these attacks, members of Kata’ib Hezbollah stormed the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad early Tuesday morning EST.

Fed-up with this increasing aggression from Iranian-backed terrorists, the president warned Iran that hell awaited it unless it cut the crap:

How did the leaders of Iran respond? By talking trash.

In a statement, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei taunted Trump by reportedly saying, “You can’t do anything.”

Perhaps his attitude was motivated by former President Barack Obama, who always treated America’s enemies with kid gloves. Thus maybe Khamenei thought he could expect the same from the Trump administration? But as Soleimani’s elimination proved, he thought very wrong.

So did Democrat Sen. Chris Murphy. While he’s since taken to questioning the validity of Soleimani’s elimination, as seen in the tweets up top, only days earlier he’d been blasting the president for not being tough enough on Iran:

Factor Two

The Iraqi people seem thrilled by the general’s removal. This attitude may be motivated by their growing anger over Iran’s influence on their corrupt government.

Observe some of their response below:

Reports have emerged that the Iranian people may be in an equally celebratory mood because of their anger over their own government’s corruption.

“I think it is entirely possible that this is going to be a catalyst inside Iran where the people celebrate this killing of Soleimani,” former President George W. Bush’s then-press secretary Ali Fleischer predicted late Thursday on Fox.


The only surefire evidence that this may be occurring is a celebratory tweet posted by the following known “Iranian resistance” activist:

It seems like everybody is celebrating Soleimani’s elimination except for Iran’s corrupt government officials and the Democrat Party. Though again, concerns about his removal prompting another war in the Middle East are valid.

Factor Three

According to Sen. Marco Rubio, the notion that Trump lacked the authority to eliminate Soleimani is 100 percent false.


Khamenei has for his part vowed to seek “revenge” after three days of mourning:


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