Before Trump Derangement Syndrome wrecked his mind and prompted him to leave Fox News and align himself with the left-wing commentators at CNN, retired Lt. Col. Ralph Peters used to bash then-President Barack Obama for not being tough on Iran.
And now that current President Donald Trump has finally put Iran in its place by eliminating its top general, Peters appears to be re-embracing his conservative roots.
Speaking Friday evening on CNN, he praised the president for the first time in at least a year and similarly bashed the Democrats for their “petty” response to his recent actions.
“I think it was absolutely the right decision, and I was actually very disappointed by the reaction from the other side of the aisle today, which seemed awfully petty,” he candidly said to CNN’s Anderson Cooper.
In a drone strike carried out near the Baghdad International Airport late this week, the Trump administration eliminated top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani.
According to Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, the deceased general has long been responsible for “planning, conducting, directing or funding attacks aimed at killing Americans.”
Some Democrats responded to his elimination by raising valid concerns about conducting the “assassination” without congressional authorization and warning that his removal could spur another devastating war in the Middle East.
(Some conservatives also raised the same concerns).
Other more radical Democrats suggested the strike was committed to distract the public from other matters such as the president’s ongoing impeachment:
So what if Trump wants war, knows this leads to war and needs the distraction?
Real question is, will those with congressional authority step in and stop him? I know I will. https://t.co/Fj9TMossEW
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) January 3, 2020
Peters strongly disagreed with this mindset.
“General Soleimani was the ace of spades that our enemies in the Middle East had,” he said. “Soleimani was a visionary strategist, he was a brilliant mastermind of terror. Here’s a man who, with a paucity of resources, was able to build — while fighting the U.S. military, however surreptitiously — he was able to build the most expansive Persian empire in 2500 years.”
To be clear, he wasn’t praising the retired general. He was just pointing out the facts regarding Soleimani’s accomplishments and the threat these accomplishments have posed for the United States and its allies.
“Iran’s influence now stretches from western Afghanistan, touches central Asia, goes west through Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, through the Mediterranean Sea, down to Gaza,” Peters warned. “It’s a remarkable achievement, and we are very, very, very lucky this man is dead. I, for one, am grateful and have no reservations about it.”
Even Cooper, a fairly left-wing commentator, couldn’t deny the truth.
“He is not just a general but also a terrorist,” the host conceded. “He has killed hundreds of — or is responsible ultimately for the killing and murder of hundreds of American forces, American men and women but also probably hundreds of thousands of others in Syria and beyond.”
“That’s an absolutely critical point that people forget,” Peters replied. “He’s got the blood of thousands of Americans dead and wounded on his hands but plenty of Iraqi blood and certainly an incredible amount of Syrian blood, as he and the Russians have supported and at times spearheaded [Syrian dictator Bashar) Assad’s campaign against the civilians of Syria.”
For proof, just consider how many Iraqis and Syrians have been openly celebrating his death:
— Shaquille Rathore (@Shaquille_AR) January 3, 2020
People in Aleppo, #Syria pass out confectionery in celebration of #QassemSoleimani’s journey to hell. The commander of the #IRGC_QF was responsible for the murder of thousands of Syrians who opposed Bashar Al-Asad’s dictatorship. pic.twitter.com/TCTshfPIMI
— Reza Behrouz (@RBehrouzDO) January 3, 2020
People in the town of al-Dana distribute Arabic Baklava sweets in celebration of the death of Qasem Soleimani along with criminals responsible for countless crimes in their country #Syria 3/1/2020
: OGN ✍ pic.twitter.com/9siaPbuq9m
— Mado Mustafa ? (@ArshiMisha) January 3, 2020
— Eddie Donovan (@EddieDonovan) January 3, 2020
Some celebrations in Baghdad celebrating the death of Soleimani. Certainly not all will celebrate and lots of worry in Iraq about being site of a proxy war. But there you have it. pic.twitter.com/KWxYTqq5MB
— Bessma Momani (@b_momani) January 3, 2020
The Israelis weren’t fond of him either.
“But also let’s not forget here’s a man dedicated not only to killing Americans but to the destruction of Israel,” Peters noted. “And during his rampage across the Middle East, we’ve seen up to 40,000 missiles built up, an estimated 10,000 in Gaza and in Israel.”
And yet there have been so many complaints from the left — some of them outright bizarre.
“I just cannot understand how people can be reluctant to see this guy go,” Peters continued.
He then addressed concerns from Democrats about potential repercussions and the safety and well-being of the United States.
“As far as repercussions go, yes, there will be some,” he said. “You’ve also heard the question all day, are we safer now? No. But in the mid to long term, we may well be.”
And that’s the rub, because as far as conservatives are concerned, had Soleimani been eliminated years ago, the world would NOW be a safer place.
“I suggested killing him 15 years years ago when he was killing Americans in Iraq and maiming them,” Peters concluded. “Actions have consequences. This action will have consequences, but inaction also has consequences, and the consequence of inaction 15 years ago, 10 years ago, 5 years ago, was dead Americans, dead Syrians, attacks on Israel.“
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