Well, if President Donald Trump’s decision to authorize the killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani did nothing else, it certainly forced nearly every single contender for the 2020 Democratic Party nomination to out themselves as weak, ineffective foreign policy leaders. Without exception, every Democrat in the race has come out to harshly criticize Trump’s drone strike, proving that they have no business within 100 miles of the presidency.
That’s not to say that everyone needs to be on the exact same page when it comes to this decision – of course not. It is to say that when your overarching argument is that Trump should have never, in a million years, taken out one of the world’s worst terrorists, you are trumpeting the fact that you should never, in a million years, be given the title of commander-in-chief.
“No American will mourn Qassem Soleimani’s passing. He deserved to be brought to justice for his crimes against American troops and thousands of innocents across the region. He supported terror and sowed chaos. None of that negates the fact that this is a hugely escalatory move in an already dangerous region,” tweeted former Vice President Joe Biden.
We especially love the way Democrats go out of their way to make sure people understand that they aren’t sticking up for Soleimani. If you have to make a point to assure Americans that you’re not mourning a terrorist, that says a lot about how far off the map your ideology has taken you.
“Trump’s dangerous escalation brings us closer to another disastrous war in the Middle East that could cost countless lives and trillions more dollars,” tweeted Sen. Bernie Sanders. “Trump promised to end endless wars, but this action puts us on the path to another one.”
We should just allow Iran and Hezbollah to do anything they want, because any strike against them invites the specter of a dangerous war? Is that what you’re saying here, Bernie? If 9/11 taught us anything, it’s that left to their own devices, these Middle Eastern monsters will find us if we don’t find them. But maybe Bernie was too busy highlighting interesting passages in The Communist Manifesto at that time to internalize the lesson.
“This reckless move escalates the situation with Iran and increases the likelihood of more deaths and new Middle East conflict. Our priority must be to avoid another costly war,” said Elizabeth Warren.
That was absolutely Trump’s priority.
“As a former military intelligence officer on the ground in Afghanistan, I was trained to ask the hard questions before acting. A Commander-in-Chief must do the same,” tweeted Pete Buttigieg. “Before engaging in military action that could destabilize an entire region, we must take a strategic, deliberate approach that includes consultation with Congress, our allies, and stakeholders in the Middle East.”
In other words, Trump should not have taken action until he got authorization from Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Mohammad bin Salman of Saudi Arabia, and, we assume, Exxon? Good to know that Mayor Pete’s foreign policy will be based around asking permission of every third-party on the planet.
We understand, of course, that the real purpose of all this criticism is to simply “bash Trump,” but the way in which it was done clearly paints a picture of politicians who do not belong in the Oval Office. These are not leaders, these are pundits. They should stay in the peanut gallery.