The Democrat Party of the House of Representatives and the Democrat’s Presidential hopefuls continues to paint President Trump’s action in Iraq as an act of war. They could cite War Powers Resolution of 1973 or the War Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1541-1548), but none have uttered the Act as cause to object.
In a perfect world, the Act could be claimed for their objections. However, this is not a perfect world and warfare is not akin to the warfare of the past.
Perhaps they have forgotten about the “Global War on Terrorism” President George Bush proclaimed on 16 September 2001. That, only days after the terrorist attack on New York City’s Twin Towers on 11 September 2001.
On May 23 2013, President Barack Obama declared the “Global War on Terror is over,” saying the military and intelligence agencies will not wage war against a tactic but will instead focus on a specific group of networks determined to destroy the U.S.
How quickly those opposed to President Trump’s action to surgically eliminate the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps elite Quds Force Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani. Soleimani was killed in a targeted U.S. drone strike on 3 January 2020 near Baghdad, Iraq.
Soleimani has been responsible for attacks in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and has ordered the killing of thousands of Iranian protestors in Iran.
Soleimani is the military mastermind whom Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had deemed equally as dangerous as Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. In October, Baghdadi killed himself during a U.S. raid on a compound in northwest Syria, seven months after the so-called ISIS ‘caliphate’ crumbled as the terrorist group lost its final swath of Syrian territory in March.
In April 2019, the State Department announced Iran was responsible for killing 608 U.S. troops during the Iraq War. Soleimani was the head of the Iranian and Iranian-backed forces carrying out those operations killing American troops. According to the State Department, 17 percent of all deaths of U.S. personnel in Iraq from 2003 to 2011 were orchestrated by Soleimani.
As recently as 2015, a travel ban and United Nations Security Council resolutions had barred Soleimani from leaving Iran.
Soleimani was the long-running leader of the elite intelligence wing called Quds Force – which itself has been a designated terror group since 2007, and is estimated to be 20,000 strong. Considered one of the most powerful men in Iran, he routinely was referred to as its ‘shadow commander’ or ‘spymaster.’
The embassy attack, one of the worst in recent memory, followed deadly U.S. airstrikes on Sunday that killed 25 fighters of the Iran-backed group, the Kataeb Hezbollah. The U.S. military said the airstrikes were retaliation for last week’s killing of an American contractor in a rocket attack on an Iraqi military base, which the U.S. blamed on the militia.
As the attacks of the Embassy continued, President Trump ordered 4,000 troops to be sent to the area to protect U.S. service members and Embassy staff.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mosavi said, “The U.S. has “openly shown its support to terrorism and shown its negligence to the independence and national sovereignty of countries.”
The Iranian Foreign Minister did not address the fact that Iranian forces were not in the sovereign nation of Iran, the forces were in Iraq. They were agents of war from Iran. Less we forget, the attack was directed at a U.S. Embassy, a sovereign installation of the United States.
To accuse our president of trying to start a war with Iran is ludicrous. Iran may be feared by countries in the region, but the U.S. protects its own. When attacked, we respond in kind only utilizing enough force to protect its interest.
Iran may be biting off more than it can chew if they decide to challenge President Trump’s resolve. Does Iran believe they would have a chance of defeating the U.S.? Not too likely.
Iran may have the ability to use nuclear weapons if they could afford it. Not only in monetary ability but with its population in squalor, the Iranian people are not behind government actions.
President Trump replied to the threat by pointing out that the U.S. has 52 Iranian targets for destruction, if Iran continues to retaliate for the defensive attack on January 3.
This type of conflict is NOT a war, nor would it start one on its own merits. Dems and pundits across our nation are arguing that this will be a Middle East war, while ignoring logical thought or consideration of the plans President Trump has.
The situation has taken the public narrative away from the Articles of Impeachment being held up by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
It would seem those opposing President Trump should look at the logic of warfare in this situation, but that won’t happen. Yes, there may be some backroom creatures wanting war in the Middle East. The headscratcher should be, who would benefit? Certainly not Iran which would be devastated in conflict with the U.S.
In late December 2019, joint naval exercises with Iran, Russia and China in the Gulf of Oman, the first time that the three countries have held joint naval operations.
The world has seen Iran utilizing proxies to fight for the Iranian’s influence in the Middle East, but with Russia and China seeming to bring Iran into their fold could signal actions in the region that would have more influence in the Middle East.
The Iraqi Parliament on January 5, 2020, voted to remove the U.S. and other nations’ troops from their country. Sunday’s resolution specifically calls for ending a 2014 agreement that allows Washington to send troops to Iraq to help in the fight against the “Islamic State.”
President Trump and Iranian leaders have been sending tit-for-tat tweets, both of which claim their superiority in the conflict if one does develop.
As of this writing, there have only been verbal objections between the two countries. While in the U.S. Democrat Members of Congress and their presidential candidates on the campaign trail insist that President Trump should have informed the House of Representatives before taking action in Iraq.
The highly secretive briefing for the Gang of Eight was scheduled for 8 January 2020. The Gang of Eight is a colloquial term for a set of eight leaders within the United States Congress who are briefed on classified intelligence matters by the Executive Branch. Specifically, the Gang of Eight includes the leaders of each of the two parties from both the Senate and House of Representatives, and the Chairs and Ranking Minority Members of both the Senate Committee and House Committee for Intelligence as set forth by.
The Gang of Eight consists of the following –
United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence:
Adam Schiff (D-CA-28), Chair
Devin Nunes (R-CA-22), Ranking Member
United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence:
Richard Burr (R-NC), Chair
Mark Warner (D-VA), Vice-Chair
Leadership in the United States House of Representatives:
Nancy Pelosi (D-CA-12), Speaker of the House
Kevin McCarthy (R-CA-23), Minority Leader
Leadership in the United States Senate:
Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Majority Leader
Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Minority Leader
After the mission was completed, President Trump did supply Congress with a report of actions and why they were taken, reminding them that the Pentagon would be appearing before House Committees later when the report is completed.
Congress knows this is the procedure for any military action. President Trump is an accomplished executive leader who nonetheless depends on advisors to provide counsel before weighing his options after which he weighs the possible outcome for actions to be taken. He is then decisive and measured in his responses.
The Left isn’t missing the chance to advance their agenda by telling the people that the president doesn’t have the power to declare war. They are correct. The keyword for the misinformation the left is hammering is “Word WAR III“.
On 8 January 2020, the Gang of Eight was briefed on the taking out of the Iranian Maj. Gen. Soleimani. Surprisingly there have been no comments by the “Gang of Eight” from the meeting. However, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi will propose legislation to limit President Trump from attacks on Iran without the permission of Congress.
Iran, in an attempt to save face, conducted two more rocket attacks on two Iraqi bases that housed U.S. military members. There were no causalities from these attacks. It was as though the troops had been forewarned of the imminent attack and had been moved to other locations in the area.
There have been no Iranian attacks since.
In a video, President Trump addresses the world —
Who said anything about war – Only the left and news pundits.
~ This story is still unfolding. More information as it develops.