January 4, 2020

President Trump dismissed criticism of his airstrike in Iraq that killed top Iranian military leader Gen. Qassem Suleimani, the man behind Iran's force that backs terrorists worldwide. To those who accuse him of sparking a war with Iran, Trump said, “We took action last night to stop a war. We did not take action to start a war.” He said the strike was meant to prevent war by taking out the “#1 terrorist anywhere in the world,” and “Soleimani was plotting imminent and sinister attacks on American diplomats and military personnel, but we caught him in the act and terminated him.”

Trump went on: “I have deep respect for the Iranian people. They are a remarkable people, with an incredible heritage and unlimited potential.  We do not seek regime change. However, the Iranian regime’s aggression in the region, including the use of proxy fighters to destabilize its neighbors, must end, and it must end now…If Americans anywhere are threatened, we have all of those targets already fully identified, and I am ready and prepared to take whatever action is necessary. And that, in particular, refers to Iran.”

To drive home the point, a second airstrike was launched just 24 hours after the first one, this time taking out at least five members of the Iran-backed militia group.

At this link is a round-up of several commentaries on what’s happening with Iran, courtesy of the Instapundit blog.  Among them, Prof. Glenn Reynolds tallied all the hysterical fear-mongering over what Iran might do in response, broke down the possibilities one by one, and asked which of these things has Iran not already been doing for the past 40 years?

A Revolutionary Guards commander is threatening strikes against “vital American targets” in the Strait of Hormuz, which he claims Iran has already identified – which supports the claims of an “imminent attack” already being planned that the airstrike on Suleimani disrupted. So again, it’s a threat to “retaliate” by doing what they were already planning to do.

Are they going to become even deadlier, now their chief strategist has been blown to atoms, their economy has been wrecked by our sanctions, we don’t need their oil, and they know President Trump will retaliate with unprecedented deadly force? Iran had to promote Suleimani’s #2 man, Esmail Ghaani, to run their Revolutionary Guards.  Are we supposed to fear him more because, being #2, he tries harder?  He should be thinking of that job as being like the holder of the “world’s oldest person” title: it’s an honor, but it’s not one you’re likely to live to enjoy for very long.



Big story the media have largely overlooked: there was another major terrorist figure killed in the airstrike that obliterated Suleimani.  As Rick Moran notes at the link, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis was “a top Iraqi paramilitary leader whose long, bloody career includes attacks on American and other Western embassies, as well as being a founder of Kata'ib Hezbollah, a group responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American soldiers in Iraq.” Moran reports that in some ways, his killing is even more significant than Suleimani’s because he was behind an organization that wields political and military control in Iraq on behalf of Iran.

Read more about it him here because you’re not likely to hear much about him between all the eulogies for Suleimani in the mainstream media.



It’s been said that President Trump has some sort of mystical, magical power over Democrats.  Simply by living in their heads 24/7, he forces them to do incredibly dumb things, like endorsing open borders and free health care for illegal aliens, calling for abolishing ICE and police forces, badmouthing dogs, and now, taking the side of Iran and mourning the man behind countless terrorist plots, including the Benghazi attack that killed our ambassador, Chris Stevens.

I’m sure they’ll say that’s not what they’re doing – they’re just calling for restraint, diplomacy, engagement, and all those other cherished State Department buzzwords that have helped persuade Iran to become the peaceful, open, friendly, America-loving, non-terrorism-supporting Utopia that it is today. But it’s kind of hard to see the difference when liberal news outlets are describing the late, unlamented Gen. Qassem Suleimani, the Iranian military leader responsible for the deaths of at least 600 US soldiers and tens of thousands of people across the Middle East, as a “revered military leader” (WaPo) and giving airtime to people who describe the Iran-backed militia that attacked our Baghdad Embassy as “war heroes.”

Pouring on the syrup, a New York Times writer tweeted video of the soft side of a terrorist mass murderer, showing Suleimani reading poetry about “friends departing & him being left behind” (did they “depart” when he killed them with IEDs?)

We’re also being told how horrifying, vulgar and unseemly it is to cheer the death of a vicious enemy of the US, something that nobody seemed to care about when Hillary Clinton was laughing about the death of Muammar Gaddafi.  And that really did lead to a deadly, hellish chaos in Libya.

The Democratic Presidential candidates also fell over themselves to voice disapproval of Trump’s action in killing Suleimani, calling it “reckless,” with several referring to it as an “assassination.”  So if you vote any of them into office and an attack is launched on American soil, as with our Embassy in Baghdad, now you know how they'll respond. Caveat emptor.

We also had the spectacle of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Adam Schiff, among many others, giving the standard disclaimers about how awful Suleimani was, BUT Trump should have consulted Congress and gotten its authorization before launching a strike.

A few points:


Trump was under no obligation to seek their permission, just as Obama didn’t tell Congress he was about to take out Osama bin Laden (he even ignored Joe Biden’s opposition) or launch any of his drone strikes (come to think of it, has any President ever had less concern for Congressional approval than Obama?)  These types of strikes are based on fleeting opportunities, and if you miss your shot by wasting time dealing with Congress, it may never come again.  Also, what are the odds that people like Schiff, who have demonstrated on multiple occasions that they hate Trump more than they love America and can’t be trusted, wouldn’t leak this to the media where Iran’s government would see it?  Judging by content, I assume the enemies of America and airport travelers are CNN’s target audience.   

As long as I brought up Obama taking out Osama, another reminder: even Republicans who staunchly opposed Obama praised him and didn’t try to find ways to spin that raid as a negative or a "provocation."

Also, Joe Biden has previously admitted to advising Obama not to okay the bin Laden raid, but now claims he did approve of it while at the time claiming Trump should not have okayed the raid to take out Suleimani.  But in 1996, he said a bombing by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard (run by Suleimani) was an act of war that gave the US the right to respond in any way it wanted. Are you as confused as Joe Biden yet?

You know, it’s really not that hard.  You can voice legitimate concerns about the consequences, the heightened tensions, the potential danger to the soldiers, or the possibility that it will lead to another quagmire war.  In fact, Sen. Rand Paul did just that…

But note how he questioned Trump’s strategy without sounding like he’s rooting for Iran, apologizing to Iran, or eulogizing a mass-murdering monster as some kind of sensitive, poetry-reciting folk hero? 

The Democrats, by assuming everything Trump does is wrong and evil and they have to take the exact opposite side, are making themselves look as if they’d rather align with America’s worst enemy that show any support for a President they oppose politically. Their unthinking, kneejerk opposition to Trump even at a time like this is not only making them look foolish and unpatriotic, it’s also making the jobs of the satirists at the Babylon Bee even easier.




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  • Michael

    01/06/2020 07:12 PM

    We have threats from North Korea, Iran & other terrorist supporting countries, but those threats can't even begin to compare to the Democrats, the socialist loving, anti-american shameful political party. The Democrats need to be stopped & defeated in this next election, like has never happened before!! This Nation can never again afford to have the evil Democrats in the majority of anything ever again. I wouldn't vote for a Democrat who was running for local dog catcher! Yes there are traitors RINO'S (Romney & the two traitors from Maine & Alaska, who should be switching to become Democrats) November 2020 absolutely needs to have record number of Republicans, evangelicals, independents, etc. to vote for President Trump & straight Republican ticket, so that we lessen the numbers of Democrats to where they can never again be an effective voice for their anti-american socialist agenda!

  • Jim ethell

    01/06/2020 05:34 PM

    Ww2, we had Tokyo rose, in the 60's we had hanyo Jane and now we have Baghdad pelosie.

  • William Schlumpf

    01/06/2020 09:40 AM

    Getting to be a scary time to be a terrorist. They are going to have to hide in caves and never come out. If Esmail Ghaani plans on continuing Suleimani's legacy, he better find a cave too. The media can go bezerko over the humanitarian crisis of terroristas suffering from vitamin d deficiency because they never get any sun. Then the dementocrats can begin impeachment proceedings all over again. Bet the media, congress, and these overpaid perpetually wrong professor/armchair warrior types would be singing a different tune if Suleimani had been killing their kind instead of "just" American soldiers, Iraqis and Syrians. As chris wallace said about him yesterday to Mike Pompeo "there are some intelligence agents who are talking to media outlets who are saying yes, he was doing bad things but it was another day in the Middle East." Just another day in the middle east? Under the previous administration that would have been true but I don't think those who suffered under the control of ISIS think they were better off while Obama/biden let the region disintegrate.

  • Thala J Susag

    01/05/2020 10:46 PM

    About Democrats in Congress ... has the Democrat Party been
    turned over to socialists who want to remove President Trump
    from office, and deny Americans actually elected him? If the
    "creeping" socialism present in the 1940s is now robust enough
    to overturn our government, Americans need to be awakened
    to this internal threat. It was Soviet Russian leader Lenin who
    said the goal of socialism is communism.

  • Ronald Brown

    01/05/2020 07:37 PM

    As I read what President Trump said, my first thought was That’s what should have been said by “Our “ President. I don’t think any President since Ronald Reagan has talked like that. Ronald would be very proud.

  • Janice Roberts

    01/05/2020 05:29 PM

    I agree with you wholeheartedly! Over the past 72 years I have seen a whole lot of craziness in our government but what is happening now is unbelievable to a sane human being. It would be comical if it were not so deadly serious. Other than exercising my right to vote I believe our only hope is prayer. I, for one, am on my knees daily.

  • Michael K. Garrett

    01/05/2020 05:15 PM

    Mike: As usual, you hit the nail on the head in calling out the Dems for what they are, the world's most hypocritical obstructionists. They hate Trump far more than they love America and will never do what's best for this country, only what's best for the Demoncrats.
    I will continually wear my "Make America Great" hat around my Trinidad, Colo. home. If anyone objects to my wearing it, I'll say, that's your problem, not mine. The Dems should have their own hat with "Make America Grunt" on it since that's what they are hell bent on doing. Isn't that exactly what Obama tried to do during his eight years or tyranny and executive overreach?
    Our Republican Club members here are doing everything we can to get President Trump to come to Colorado this campaign season so we can all voice our approval of his policies and obtain his support for waffling Sen. Cory Gardener. Our controversial U.S. Army Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site west of Trinidad could also use Trump's appearance and support. See if you can put a bug into his ear, Mike to visit our troops training there.
    Michael K. Garrett
    Trinidad, Colo. 81082

  • Tom Wilde

    01/05/2020 03:07 PM

    Thank you for joining that pathetic gaggle of Right Wing LOSERS who reject a comment because they object to a word or two. Your political opponents are ARMING for war and enlisting the aid of the UN while steadily infesting one site after another and turning them into Leftist garbage pits. So the Huckabee Evening Edition has joined them.

    Get this: the Left is WINNING while you people wring your hands and fly into a tizzee. This is now the FIFTH right wing site that has taken to censoring my posts. What's wrong? Am I too much on point?

    Good Bye! Unsubscribing and do not send me any more of your phony political tripe.

  • Ron Ciccone

    01/05/2020 02:26 PM

    Dear Governor Huckabee
    I received a notice from Newsmax this morning that directed me to an article presenting a case that global warming is false. Personally, I am not sure that human existence is affecting the air temperature, but I am sure, after living on this earth for 69 years, that for most of my life we have been alerted to various presumed catastrophic effects on our environment, especially our air. All of these have been assigned to man’s disregard for the environment and, apparently, many of these have fizzled away into the … ahem … ozone, never to be hear from again.
    Briefly moving from my age of educated reason in 1972, and not necessarily in order, we have experienced:
    A proposed ice age that was to be caused by jet-exhaust darkening the atmosphere,
    A claim that excess ozone close to the earth causes nitric oxide and ultimately smog,
    A subsequent claim of a shortage of ozone in the ionosphere, resulting in excess UV in the air,
    Acid rain, due to un-scrubbed stack gas from industry placing some sulfur dioxide into the air,
    Global warming due to CO2 from industrial stack gas and various sources too silly to ponder,
    Governor Huckabee, any intelligent human who has been around as long as I have must be aware that a lot of this is nonsense and, while some of it may be real (acid rain for instance) these problems were managed promptly by responsible industry.
    Human progress will often, if not always, present some unforeseen backlash in the human condition. Regardless, whether past so-called catastrophic doom and gloom issues were real or imagined, whether current “issues” are real or imagined, it seems that American industry has repeatedly and responsibly stepped up to the plate and taken scientifically sound corrective action. In spite of this, issue after issue, the political left persists in teaching us science and in peddling the concept of environmental doom and gloom - the failure of a clean environment, breathable air, etc. But they offer no solution beyond their counter-productive agenda, taxation, and more doom and gloom – ad nauseam.
    What I would like to see from my republican party is action to dispense with this nonsense that I call “atmos-fear,” and to create a true scientific agency (not a police force) based on the employment of real science and legitimate engineering which will work positively and proactively with industry to anticipate potential issues as well as to ameliorate existing environmental issues before they become the fodder of the doom and gloom left.
    Thank you for the opportunity to share my two cents’ worth.
    Best Regards,
    Ron Ciccone

  • Harold Levi

    01/05/2020 02:24 PM

    Please let everyone know when you figure out how to tell which face the Marxist-Democrats are talking out of on any particular subject.

  • rodney burke

    01/05/2020 02:13 PM

    I must say as you have observed, the dems let the world know whose side they are on. dumb things are done by documented dumb people. And Trump brings that trait out masterfully. So now there is no doubt, that dems care more about Iranian terrorists than they do about protecting the embassy in Baghdad. I think that should tell the remaining liberals all they need to know. Tell congress, why? the congress you and other point out want to destroy America and remove an elected president? What arrogance! I don't trust ANY dem enough to tell them military operations. They won't like anything at any time unless it's their idea. Good for him. he is in charge, nancy and chuck are NOT!

  • Dusty

    01/05/2020 01:01 PM

    Right on about the Democrats and not taking a stand with Pres Trump now per this horrendous barbarian we have killed who was gutsy enough to be there in Baghdad WHY? What was he trying to do pay off a few of the Iraquis in power now who are saying we the US were wrong to take out this Gen WHY? Who is now being paid? How Iranians leaders have power to control a people who majority want freedom and cannot fight? They are super intelligent and need jobs again. So called peace deal made per the Democrats gave them even more money to give out and to go and help ASSAD in Syria to ruin his country and push out millions of his own citizens per his power of his military and others like Iran to come in? WHY? Now we send our soldiers as Democrats here try to say this President made a huge mistake. NO those who voted for you idiotic Democrats now who IMPEACH for no real reason, and now try to make out this President as totally wrong. Yet when Pres Obama took out Bin Laden the Republicans stood beside him? Hmm. VOTERS wake up and know what is being said and ask why what is their reasoning except they want the total power again. Ask who took away our millions of jobs for years now and we get Warren saying I am here for you now what about the past 20 years.? She is for the farmers and out trade deals that are hurting them. What about those of us who pay for the products and for our food and what we pay if unfair this trade? Love how now they take and twist what has been going on ask those in the auto and the steel where their jobs went? WHO has made the big bucks the 1% HOW? Decent job in the auto kept someone working for years and a good retirement. WHY? Look at the NE and the factories where did they go and what jobs were left? See in the South the mills gone and what jobs oh yes a greeter at Walmart good luck part time most jobs? So wake up and see what is being put in front of you and what we now are going to do for you. Sen Bernie has been in the Senate for years what was done? He did not even stand up against what Hillary and the DNC did to him. I say this per I gave him money the last time and he had not guts? WHY? So if you think now he is the one look back and ask what did he say and do to those who scammed him per the emails Wikileaks gave and that the Democrats are so upset that this was Russian interference but yet the e mails showed the truth so this was wrong not lies but what she and the DNC did to him. Stand now with our troops and this liberal media does not care for our troops so now it is up to us the people speak out now?

  • Collette Ellenberger

    01/05/2020 12:47 PM

    I'm so glad you mentioned the fact someone like 'shifty' Schiff might have leaked what President Trump was going to do, regarding Iran. That was one of my biggest concerns. President Trump has to be more secretive or the world would know what our country is planning, thanks to the 'swamp' people! Keep it up, Mike. God be with you, Coco (Collette)

  • Vickie Fiorentino

    01/05/2020 12:13 PM

    and now Iraq is wanting us to leave? I say: Let's go....tired of expending our monies, energy and lives for a country that doesn't want us...let them be taken over and then cry out to someone who gives a crap...Out of there, I say!

  • Robert Cook

    01/05/2020 11:37 AM

    Regarding the mission to take out Soleimani, a key point, in my opinion, that is not being highlighted (nor even being discussed) is that half of the "gang of eight" have a vested interest in mission failure for anything authorized by President Trump. Informing Congress in advance, would have exponentially increased the risk of mission failure. Some congressional staffer would have provided "plausible deniability" and leaked the plan toward sabotaging it.

  • Robin Rebhan

    01/05/2020 10:41 AM

    I fully believe, Iran feels that this is a prime time to attack American interests on a global basis. Because they feel we are at our weakest point. The President is facing impeachment, The Democratic Congress is 100% against everything the President wants to accomplish, The Minority Leader in the United States Senate has publicly stated he will be against everything single thing President Trump does. And America is politically divided in general. The press is against the President and misrepresents almost everything coming from the White House.
    Iran just wants to capitalize on our political situation right now.
    We can only defeat this if every politician and American publicly stands behind the President on a United front. Behind closed doors is the place to debate on this issue, not in public.
    Personally I feel the President is right. Enough is enough with this regime in Iran sponsoring terrorism.

  • Dick Algire

    01/05/2020 10:11 AM

    Sen. Rand Paul, whose assessment of the recent attack against Iran that 'diplomacy is now dead,' must not realize diplomacy with Iran has never worked, except to give Iran more time to continue building their military and terrorist operations. Iran declared war on the United States in November of 1979, 40 years ago, when they overran our embassy and kept captive 70 Americans for 444 days. We forget that many of the peoples of the Middle East were allies of Hitler during WW II, endorsing what Hitler was doing to the Jews in Europe. But, it wasn't just about the Jews, the Arab nations have always hated the West and have stated their purpose of wiping Israel and America from the face of the Earth. Diplomacy only works if both sides are honest and Iran, frankly doesn't know what honesty is, and for that reason there will never be a two state solution in Palestine nor will there ever true diplomacy between Iran and the West.

  • amber sampo

    01/05/2020 09:03 AM

    Thank you for this summary, report of these recent events. I fully support what President Trump has done and his preparedness for future threats. It amazes me at the total desperation, ignorance, evil of the democrats and their supporters. It is frightening that this degradation has occurred in America, in our government but God is in control, exposing evil, crookedness, deceit and deception.

  • Anstaett Suzanne

    01/05/2020 08:57 AM

    The people who should read and heed your wisdom will never be read and/or heed your advice. Such a shame, but keep on keeping on for those of us who respect your thoughts.

    Happy New Year

  • Kay DeWitt

    01/05/2020 08:12 AM

    Wow, Mike! I have stated in previous comments how there is usually one statement you make that inspires what I write....SO, as I read this newsletter, thinking I had found that one statement, I, for the first time, copied it ...and put it on my clipboard....with the thought that I would paste it IN my comment so that I could then write a comment ON it......HOWEVER....

    The problem is that, after I PUT that one statement on my clipboard, I read other statements you made that inspired me as well because, Mike, they are MAGNIFICENT.....and oh how I wish you could tweet them and get the kind of tweet media audience President Trump has!!!

    While I AM still going to paste, below, your one statement I put on my clipboard and then write a comment TO it, I am also then going to quote your other statements that I just referred to as being MAGNIFICENT....because they ARE magnificent...because they are the light of God's REALITY in the darkness of Satan's NON-REALITY......Anyway, BELOW IS YOUR STATEMENT ON MY CLIPBOARD:

    "It’s been said that President Trump has some sort of mystical, magical power over Democrats. Simply by living in their heads 24/7, he forces them to do incredibly dumb things"........

    Yes! It is BECAUSE thoughts OF President Trump "live in their heads 24/7" that these thoughts DO have "mystical, MAGICAL power" over them because their thoughts of President Trump continually strengthen their hatred of him which AUTHORS the magical POWER over them that IS "magical" because the power is demonic because hatred is of Satan!....and, in return, they reap the "fruit" that is of Satan !

    Your next two statements are the ones that are MAGNIFICENT! The first of these statements is where you said: "THEY (the Democrats) HATE TRUMP MORE THAN THEY LOVE AMERICA"......The second magnificent statement is where you said:

    This is WHY President Trump HAS no desire TO seek their opinion on what he decides to do and it is I have stated ad nauseam....that the Democrats' heart motive for wanting to impeach President Trump is a graver sin than the one they are accusing President Trump of and want him to be impeached FOR...
    which is why I also stated in a recent comment that I would not vote to have President Trump impeached even if he WAS proven to be guilty of "man's"
    impeachable offenses because I would see President Trump's being impeached as giving Satan the victory BECAUSE Democrats' real motive for wanting our President impeached is NOT because of their love for the Constitution, BUT RATHER it is because of their hatred for President Trump!

    Mike, without minimizing the number of people who WILL read these magnificent statements of truth you made, I want MORE people to read....or hear....them!!! Christians en masse should be proclaiming the truth of these two statements so that they are heard above the lies of the media!

    AND....these two statements of yours are a wonderful refute to "Christianity Today's" indictment against Christians for NOT wanting to impeach President Trump!!!!!!

  • thomas ellsworth

    01/05/2020 06:27 AM

    Where was the main stream media when Obama sent drones to kill American citizens? Did he have congressional approval prior?

  • Tracy Deck

    01/05/2020 02:38 AM

    I agree with everything you said per usual. I love the way you wrote and look forward to your news letters

  • James Pearce

    01/05/2020 02:18 AM

    There is nothing President Trump can do that crazed demon possessed Socialist Democrats would approve of. To be sure the president did not need Congressional approval and had he sought the approval the treasonous Socialist Democrats could not telegram a message quickly enough to warn out enemies. These people are sick in the head, heart and have no love of this country other than what wealth they can plunder from their decades long position in government. It appears that these Socialist Democrats have their hands in everything from taking payoffs from drug cartels and human trafficers, to working to aid the illegal aliens that are coming across or southern border to use them as voting pawns in their political aspirations to aquire more power and wealth, to selling 20% of our uranium to Russia by allowing Rosatom a Russian owned state corp to purchase shares in Uranium One for personal profit, to falsifying voter rolls that show more voting ballots than people to legally claim them. The list goes on infinitum.

  • GK Epperson

    01/05/2020 01:54 AM

    Your comments on what is happening in Iraq & Iran are so right on as usual. I wish everyone in America could see your take on this situation. It could not have been worded better!
    It seems all the liberals want to do is find fault with everything the President does. If he hadn't have done anything they would have criticized that too. To me, we should be doing everything we can to protect our Embassies, troops & other American citizens overseas. If the President Trump knows of planned attacks on us then he should do what he can to keep it from happening.
    There were signals about things happening that were a prelude to 9/11 that Clinton we can look back and see what happened by not being proactive for Americans safety. I'm glad at least President Trump is proactive about our safety as a people & nation. I know he does not want war, none of us do...but he also knows he cannot show apathy or weakness in response to aggression...especially nations that cause, fund & sponsor terrorists. Thanks Gov. Huckabee for that very excellent article!

  • Linda Olds

    01/04/2020 11:57 PM

    You asked "Are you as confused as Joe Biden yet?"
    The answer is NO!
    It's impossible for any functioning human being to be as confused as he is!??

    Seriously, I am getting more and more upset with almost all Democrats. Competition between parties and discussions of differences of opinion are fine, but they are hurting America in their attempts to hurt President Trump. They have very little similarity to the politicians of a few decades ago, who disagreed, but worked together.
    Similarly, the Democrats who are competing to run against President Trump are a bunch of clowns. Many have no plans except to say that they'll undo all of the good that Trump has done. Others, like Pocahontas, have plans, but they're ridiculous.
    God help us if any of them become president.