Did the gang of eight sign off on the assassination of Qassim Soleimani? Every GOP senator must now examine how much their acquittal vote brings the US closer to WW III as the impeachment trial looms.
Trump has now fully justified the necessity of impeachment and his subsequent removal. Because he is bringing the nation closer to major military conflicts at a global level.
BREAKING: The Pentagon confirmed that Qassim Soleimani, who led Iran’s elite Quds force, was killed in what it termed a “defensive action.” https://t.co/I0sOmLqyDZ
— POLITICO (@politico) January 3, 2020
The killing of one of Iran’s top military commanders means the elimination of a dangerous U.S. foe — but it also represents a risky escalation in a volatile feud that could backfire on U.S. personnel and allies in the Middle East and beyond.
The Pentagon confirmed Thursday that Qassim Soleimani, who leads Iran’s elite Quds force, was killed in what it termed a “defensive action.” Iraqi and other media said Soleimani died in an airstrike at Baghdad’s international airport. Some media accounts described the airstrike as coming from a U.S. drone, but the Pentagon did not specify.
“General Soleimani was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region,” the Pentagon statement said. It blamed him for recent attacks on U.S. troops and the American embassy in Baghdad.Even the possibility that the U.S. directly targeted Soleimani – especially on Iraqi soil – sent shockwaves around the globe, spiking oil prices and leading to instant assessments of the potential fallout. U.S. officials have long depicted Soleimani as a paramilitary and terrorist mastermind, deemed responsible for attacks on American troops in Iraq and against U.S. interests all over the world.
would it be too much to ask if this decision went through any inter-agency process? Oh, that's right. We don't have one.
— Jennifer 'It's time to grow up' Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) January 3, 2020
Soleimani was an enemy of the United States. That’s not a question.
The question is this – as reports suggest, did America just assassinate, without any congressional authorization, the second most powerful person in Iran, knowingly setting off a potential massive regional war?
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) January 3, 2020
I'm not saying we should be sad he's gone. But we should be scared of what his death will trigger.
— Matthew Chapman (@fawfulfan) January 3, 2020