So long, Soleimani

If anyone deserved it,  Qasem Soleimani did. Only the ideologically, politically or naively blind would regret the death of this terrorist mastermind.

Yet, there's this mysterious "imminent attack" that he had been planning on Americans that President Trump used to justify the lethal U.S. attack on Soleimani. I'm thinking as far back as the discredited (second) Gulf of Tonkin incident in 1964 that was was used to help justify the U.S, entry into the Vietnam War.

Others will think of other "wag the dog" incidents of dubious creditably used to justify--correctly or incorrectly--getting America involved.

Despite those misgivings, though, I have to ask libertarians, isolationists and Trump haters when enough is enough. The deadly mischief engineered by Soleimani under Iranian sponsorship is well-documented. The fear of consequences for America's actions are justified, but need to be balanced against Iran's continuing and uncontested attacks on American lives and interests.

If we ever learned the consequences of doing nothing to defend ourselves, one might think of the Iranian "students" storming a U.S. embassy in Tehran and holding its 52 Americans and employees hostage for the 444 days that Iran snubbed its nose at the Carter Administration. Significantly, it wasn't until the first day of the hardline Reagan administration that Iran released the hostages.

Then, in the same vein was President Barack Obama's delivering $1.6 billion in cold, hard cash that inevitably was used to finance Soleimani's escapades. 

The ancillary issues aren't insignificant: Must the president have Congressional authority to launch the attack. (I think yes, if the planned deadly attacks were truly "imminent.) Will it start World War III? (Probably not, but not necessarily impossible.) And more.

Then there's Trump's flawed character that could lead to who knows what?

But Trump did  us a great favor and struck a blow for justice by blasting Soleimani off the face of the Earth.

dennis@dennisbyrne.net

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  • Do you remember how deserving we thought Saddam Hussein was of the American invasion of Iraq ordered by George W. Bush in March of 2003? We were told that he was a threat to the United States and the Middle East and an evil war criminal who deserved the execution he ultimately faced.

    What good did that invasion do for Iraq? For the Middle East? For the U.S.?

    The parallels between the 2003 invasion and the 2020 assassination are hauntingly clear. Will we make the same mistake again?

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