The Democrats and their allies in the Trump-hating media have decided that killing the world’s King of Terror, Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani, was a bad thing. They’re wrong – for three very important reasons.
First, it shows the awesome power and precision of America’s military and intelligence capabilities. Killing someone with a drone in broad daylight while driving along a Baghdad street is not like killing someone in a missile barrage, a firefight or a bomb blast.
There are no warning signs, no sounds, nothing to see overhead or across the street. The drones hit their target with 100 percent accuracy. One second Soleimani was there, the next second he was gone, with minimal collateral damage to anyone nearby. Trump gave a sober warning to those who would harm Americans – we know where you are and we will eliminate you.
Second, Soleimani’s demise has likely sent Iran’s leaders into disarray. He has been the mastermind behind Iran’s web of foreign terror campaigns for decades and is not easily replaced. The Ayatollah, Iran’s Supreme Leader, is in his mid-80s and in poor health, with no successor named.
Iran’s leaders were already operating under extreme duress before the Soleimani killing. Their economy is reeling from Trump’s sanctions, with 40 percent unemployment and upwards to 70 percent inflation.
Winter has arrived, gasoline and heating oil prices are rising out of control, and a good number of Iran’s 80 million people are struggling to survive.
Just a few weeks ago thousands of Iranians all across the country took to the streets to protest the regime. Iran’s leaders don’t just have to worry about Americans targeting them, they have to worry about their own people rising up against them.
Finally, the leaders of China, Russia and North Korea are taking note. Trump’s decision to launch a surgical strike to kill Soleimani, especially after the restraint he has shown Iran in the last year or so, sends a strong signal to our adversaries — don’t underestimate our president.
Trump is a counterpuncher and will always punch back harder. He will not pull his punches in an election year and the Democrats’ impeachment efforts haven’t constrained his ability to act decisively. — And don’t think you can wait him out, he’s likely to be reelected in 2020.
I was in China just before Thanksgiving on a bipartisan, Track Two mission to meet with senior Chinese government, foreign ministry and Communist Party leaders. Many believed what they were reading in the New York Times and Washington Post and seeing on CNN. They were convinced Trump has been weakened, would soon be removed from office, and had zero chance of being reelected. They implied they could just play for time until a China-friendly President took his place. There is no doubt a lot of rethinking in Beijing this week.
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