Trump takes out Iranian General who organized attack on U.S. embassy in Iraq
Americans awoke to the news that President Trump responded to the Iranian led attacks on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad with a guided missile strike which killed General Qasem Suleimani, the leader of Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corp Quds Forc, among others. The President warned Iran there would be a price to pay for their role in the attacks on the U.S. Embassy, Baghdad, Iraq last week. The speed of the response and the choice of target have surprised many around the world.
This was an assassination of a foreign leader in a 3rd country. The U.S. attacked an Iranian citizen in Iraq. Once again President Trump has demonstrated he is not like your father's President. It was appropriate for the President to respond to the attacks on our Iraqi embassy. The precedent set by Bill Clinton, Somalia, and Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, Libya, with respect to protecting Americans overseas had to be reversed. The President has sent out a powerful message to all would be trouble makers; don't attack our overseas installations. It was a risky move. Does Iran want war with the U.S.?
Most Americans probably expected the American response to include a Tomahawk cruise missile strike on an important, albeit vacated for the night, Iranian government installation, or sanctions, or perhaps an embargo of their ports. Trump's choice of response has markedly raised the chances of a far more aggressive response by the Iranians. There will be a response. American civilians at home and abroad are at risk. The probability of the next deaths in this tit-for-tat with Iran being American soldiers or civilians is high.
Responding to the attack on our embassy in the Green Zone of Baghdad was appropriate and necessary. As long as American policy makers continue to keep America's 50 plus years of entanglement in the Middle East going Americans will be at risk and war will never be far away. The President doesn't want war with Iran. He campaigned and won on stopping wars and bringing troops home. He wants to be reelected in November and he knows war with Iran will not help his cause. He also knows his base wants him to deliberately and aggressively protect America's interest and our standing as the, for now, only true global super power. He and his team will attempt to talk down Iran before they decide on any retaliation; basically after this attack on your general we are even. However, if Iran responds, Trump will have to respond even more aggressively. The path towards escalation is easy to see. American's should be rightly concerned.
Iran has several options. They could do nothing, though this is not likely. They could attack one or more of the dozens of U.S. military bases within 300 miles of Iran with a barrage of missiles. This is high on the list though would result in a crushing response from the U.S.. They could attack Israel to broaden the conflict. This is not high on the list as Israel would respond with a full assault with America behind her. They could awaken terrorist sleeper cells in the U.S.. This is high on the list and should be a concern for all Americans, particularly urban dwellers. This choice would again ask for an overwhelming response from the U.S. They could block the Straight of Hormuz, the narrow waterway only 21 miles wide and the only passage from the Persian Gulf to the Indian and Pacific oceans. This is high on the list, though would cause other nations to get involved in the conflict on the U.S. side as oil prices spike globally.
If, or when, Iran responds they will get hit again. Keep in mind a couple of variables. On the sidelines are Iran's friends, Russia and China. Russia has forces in the region already.
The immediate concern for Americans is how will Iran respond and our safety at home. Economic concerns should not be high. Not surprisingly oil prices spiked today with WTI and Brent up $2.00 and $3.00 respectively. Stocks sold off, interest rates dropped, Gold was higher, and the U.S. dollar was stronger. Markets will await Iran's reaction before deciding if this is a market moving Geo-politcal event.
The knee jerk response from Democrats and the Hollywood left is as expected. The Democrats are trying to claim the President has overstepped his boundaries for not consulting with them or advising them of the coming action. While past President's have tended to keep Congressional leadership informed during times like this, they are not required to do so. It is their prerogative. President's have legal authority to execute the use of military force. The War Powers Act (1973) allows for unilateral action by the President with a requirement to notify the Congress within 48 hours of action, and if action continues, must end within 60 days unless authorized by Congress. Past Presidents have learned that there are risks with telling the Congress ahead of time; leaks. Trump changed the way things are done again.
The Hollywood response is as expected, if Trump did it, they hate it. The tweet storm from the entertainment world has been harsh. Most reveal they don't seem to understand the Constitution, the separation of powers, or the role of the Executive Branch. Additionally, they have knowingly or inadvertently put themselves on the side of a murderous Iranian General responsible for killing millions, including thousands of Americans, oppressing women, and making the lives of ordinary Iranians miserable. We all have our opinions and most of us are ready and willing to express them. Celebrities are no different, except their place in society gives them a a much louder voice. Most of the time they reveal themselves as not knowing what they are talking about and are highly hypocritical. They wanted President Hillary Clinton; the war hawk. Oh the irony.
It is worth noting there are many images and videos going viral of both Iraqi and Iranian citizens celebrating the death of General Qasem Suleiman. They say "Thank You, Mr. President."
Well, at least that part is over. After nearly two years Independent Counsel Robert Mueller has concluded what we at PMUSA have been predicting he would conclude since the start in 2017; no collusion. AG Barr in his letter to Congress indicated that obstruction charges would not be brought against Trump because they can not be brought.
Able to ignore the anger and despair of Hillary Clinton's loss it was easier to analyze the evidence objectively from the start. The basis for everything, the FISA warrant, the media excitement, the Russian connection, and the poorly sourced and unverified Steel dossier paid for by the Clinton campaign via the DNC were meant to hurt Trump as the election approached (the authors of the dossier to be used against Trump where a British national, and a Russian national). At PMUSA we expect less than aggressive legal action to pursue potential Democrat wrongdoings since mid-2016.
Blaming Russia and pushing for an Independent Counsel to "prove" Trump colluded with Putin was a visceral reaction to the historic and the completely unexpected defeat Hillary Clinton suffered partly due to the impact on the outcome of the release of her own emails.
This investigation exposed potential illegal actions on the part of Democrats, and potential illegal actions by the President related to obstruction. The Mueller investigation was an expensive, distractive, and in many cases an embarrassing chapter in American politics. There is more to come. Democrats want the President out of the White House, and they will continue to investigate any collusion, obstruction, process crimes, and financial misdealings they can dig up. Cummings (D-MD), Nadler (D-NY), Schiff (D-CA), Schumer (D-NY) are ready and willing to keep up the pressure on the President.
American has many challenges. This process will continue to be unhelpful and distract from those challenges. The Democrats and the MSM should accept that President Trump was lawfully and dully elected President of the United States through January 2020 and work on defeating him based on his first term record and the issues that matter to American voters.