We used to have a tradition in America that criticism of the President ended at the water’s edge. That meant that when the President was representing the nation abroad, or when he was acting as Commander-in-Chief in defense of the US, his political opponents held their criticism of him in the name of patriotism and national solidarity. Well, I think we can agree that idea has gone down the garbage chute in recent years.
The smoke hadn’t even cleared from the attack on our Embassy in Iraq before Trump’s critics in the media and the Democratic Party were already assailing him for responding militarily and absolutely drenching themselves in shame (by contrast, Iraqi civilians were dancing in the streets in celebration of Souleimani's immolation.)
The Washington Post, which reported the death of mass murdering ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi by calling him an “austere religious scholar,” described Souleimani as a “revered military leader.”
Connecticut Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy tweeted: “Soleimani was an enemy of the United States. That’s not a question. The question is this - as reports suggest, did America just assassinate, without any congressional authorization, the second most powerful person in Iran, knowingly setting off a potential massive regional war?”
(FYI: The Founders invested the power to retaliate militarily in a single Chief Executive because they knew that if every threat had to be debated by a bunch of squabbling Congress members, it would amount to national suicide. Obama launched plenty of drone strikes and never had to run to Congress to beg for a declaration of war first.)
Rep. Ilhan Omar, who seems hard-pressed to find a jihadi terrorist she won’t defend, immediately suggested that Trump was just trying to distract Americans from impeachment (Is “impeachment” still a thing? I had halfway assumed that Nancy Pelosi “accidentally” threw out those articles along with the discarded Christmas wrapping in hopes we’d all forget about it.)
Sadly, Omar wasn’t alone in her Trump Derangement Syndrome, as other top Congressional Democrats put politics over national security and scurried to CNN and MSMBC to accuse the President of “provoking” a war with Iran by responding to their killing of our troops and their attack on our Embassy (I don’t think “provoking” means what they think it means.) Meanwhile, I assume their staffers were on the phone to every law professor they knew, trying to find a way to make the case that defending America from attack is an impeachable offense.
Some are reportedly even urging Iran to hold back until November, when Trump might lose to a Democrat and we’ll go back to kowtowing and appeasing them:
And of course, liberal Hollywood celebrities had to toss in their one-cent. I’d say their two cents, but that’s a penny more than their thoughts were worth. If you think I’m exaggerating, read this:
I would discuss this further, but frankly, I’m too disgusted. Instead, I’ll point you to this must-read article recounting the reprehensible responses, and noting what would have happened if these same self-appointed “experts” in foreign policy had been advising FDR on how to respond to Pearl Harbor (“You can’t strike back at Japan! You might provoke them into a war!”)