By Jon Dougherty
(TNS) Because President Trump arose this morning and took a breath, the day was planned out for the Garbage Party: Attack him, for anything and everything, because he’s still alive and in the White House.
So this morning, after Democrats awoke to news that the president’s “red line in the sand” with Iran actually meant something upon learning that he ordered Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ elite Quds Force and chief mischief maker in the region, they decided to attack Trump for daring to protect American national security without their permission.
Or something like that.
“The Administration has conducted tonight’s strikes in Iraq targeting high-level Iranian military officials and killing Iranian Quds Force Commander Qassem Soleimani without an Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against Iran,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement after the Pentagon confirmed the strike had killed him.
“Further, this action was taken without the consultation of the Congress,” Pelosi added.
Say what? Where did this new requirement come from, because it sure didn’t exist when Barack Obama was president.
During his tenure he ordered lots and lots of drone strikes against high-value targets — human and otherwise — even in countries where he had no direct congressional authorization to be in (Syria comes to mind).
But not a peep from Democrats then.
The Washington Times noted in 2015:
U.S. forces have now surpassed 2,800 strikes against targets in Iraq and Syria under President Obama’s war against the Islamic State, all as part of a conflict Congress has yet to specifically authorize — and amid worries lawmakers won’t ever act.
Under intense pressure from Capitol Hill, Mr. Obama finally submitted a draft authorization for the use of military force against the Islamic State in February, but it’s since languished, caught in the stalemate between those who want tighter restrictions and those who want the president to have as free a hand as possible.
Now analysts worry that inaction will set a dangerous precedent and leave Congress shorn of its warmaking powers. …
The U.S. military has been conducting strikes in Iraq for 10 months, and began striking directly at targets in Syria last September as part of Mr. Obama’s announced campaign to degrade the capabilities of the Islamic State.
Mr. Obama has justified the attacks under his commander in chief powers and under the 2001 resolution authorizing force against al Qaeda, and the 2002 resolution authorizing the ouster of Saddam Hussein in Iraq.
So there you go.
Besides, the president and his national security team had actionable intelligence indicating that Soleimani was plotting a major attack, as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo noted in interview with media.
Pompeo said, “What was sitting before us was his travels throughout the region, his efforts to make a significant strike against Americans.”
“There would have been many Muslims killed, Iraqis, people in other countries as well,” Pompeo continued.
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“It was time to take action,” Pompeo noted further, while also citing “dozens and dozens” of attacks by Iran and its proxies over the last few months.
Once again, the hypocrisy of the Garbage Party is simply too much to let slip.
And after all, what are Democrats going to do to Trump, impeach him?
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