by John Steinberger | January 6, 2020 4:40 pm
President Donald Trump told radio talkshow host Rush Limbaugh Monday that America and the Middle East are safer, following his decision to launch a drone strike in Iraq against Iranian terrorist leader Qassem Soleimani last week. Soleimani, the leader of the terrorist group Quds Force, equipped Iraqi militia groups with bombs which killed more than 600 American military personnel and wounded thousands. He also organized militia raids in Syria, Lebanon, and Yeman. Soleimani was first classified as a terrorist by President George W. Bush, and the designation was also adopted by President Barak Obama, the United Nations, and the European Union. Trump told Limbaugh, “We should have taken him out a long time ago.”
Democrats in Congress are second-guessing the drone strike. Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said that the action will escalate violence in the region. America has had military forces in Iraq since 2003. Representatives Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-NY) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN) have accused Trump of war crimes. House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA) says his committee will hold hearings on the drone strike. Over the weekend, there were rallies at 70 cities criticizing the action. Many of the protesters accused Trump of starting World War III.
Congress enabled the President to make tactical decisions after the terrorist attacks on America in 2001. The Authorization of the Use of Military Force Act was re-authorized in 2018. It “provides (the President) uninterrupted authority to use all necessary and appropriate force in the continuing armed conflict against the Taliban, al Qaeda, ISIS and associated forces.” The Iranian Quds Force was identified as an “associated force” in April 2019.
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