Evening Edition - January 3

January 3, 2020 |

The news from Iraq is breaking fast, so I’m just going to give you a catch-up on what we know as this writing in the early hours of Friday morning. Keep a close watch on the news for updates, and we’ll be discussing the latest developments after they occur (one of the big differences between this website and some 24-hour “news” channels is that we don’t make judgements and pontificate about news until after it actually happens.)

To bring you up to speed:  In retaliation for the attack on the US Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, President Trump gave the authorization for an airstrike on the Iran-based militia group behind it.  The strike came on a road near the Baghdad International Airport.  But unlike some retaliatory strikes of previous Administrations, this one didn’t just rearrange some rocks and kill a few bystanders.  It took out seven top officials, including the man reported to be the second-most powerful man in Iran, Gen. Qassem Suleimani.

Suleimani was the head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard and the direct commander of the elite Quds Force, which has been destabilizing the Middle East for years and committing and aiding in jihadi terrorist attacks around the world. The US officially designated the Quds Force as a terrorist organization in 2007, and Suleimani has been behind many attacks on US and allied troops and Iraqi citizens, from roadside IEDs to rock attacks.  He’s responsible for the deaths of at least 600 US soldiers and injuries to countless more, and in attacking our Embassy, the militia he was with launched an assault on sovereign US soil. 

The Pentagon and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed that this wasn’t just retaliatory: they had intelligence that another attack was imminent and this disrupted Souleimani’s plans, to put it mildly. 

After the attack on the Embassy (for which Trump sent in the Marines within 13 minutes, a stark contrast to the 13 hours that our Benghazi personnel waited for aid), Iranian leader Ayatollah Khamenei taunted Trump by tweeting, “You can’t do anything.”  To paraphrase “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,” he chose poorly in doing that. 

Suleimani wasn’t just a powerful military figure in Iran, he was the equivalent of both the Secretary of Defense and the head of the CIA.  He was seen as a likely next President and touted by state media as a James Bond-style invincible superhero, even celebrated in pop songs.  Well, that superhero just met his Thanos in Trump.  It was reported that after the airstrike, his ring was the only thing left to identify him by.

https://www.foxnews.com/world/top-iranian-general-killed-by-u-s-airstrike-had-to-be-identified-by-his-ring-iraqi-officials

Iran’s leaders are threatening that the US will suffer “harsh retaliation.”  Then again, they also claimed Iran had nothing to do with the militia attacking our Embassy.  So I guess Suleimani just happened to be with them when the airstrike came – in Baghdad – because they’d invited him to a New Year’s Eve party that was running long.

https://www.foxnews.com/world/iran-promises-harsh-retaliation-after-us-airstrike-kills-iranian-gen-qassem-soleimani

It’s wise to be cautious and prepared for retaliation (a snake can still bite you, even after you cut it in two.) Benjamin Netanyahu immediately announced support for the US and put Israel’s forces on alert.  But there’s some question of how much of Iran’s threats are empty bluster.  They just lost their top military leader and strategist, and Trump’s economic sanctions are crushing their economy and have the people rioting in protests across the country.  Let’s pray they find it a lot easier to make threats than to follow through.  

They’ve also now been served notice that the days of responding to Iranian aggression by dropping planeloads of money on them are as dead as Suleimani.  The leader of ISIS probably thought he was safe, too, and could continue his reign of terror.  He also chose poorly.

Both Iran and ISIS – and if he’s watching, let’s hope Kim Jong Un – have been served notice that the Foggy Bottom establishment way of doing things – appeasement, weakness, apologies, payoffs, strong words backed by zero action, you know: “smart diplomacy” – are over.  Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama are not in charge anymore.  (FYI: This is how Obama dealt with Souleimani.)

https://thefederalist.com/2020/01/02/ringleader-of-u-s-embassy-attack-was-invited-to-obama-white-house-in-2011/

In short, Iran just got the same lesson about attacking America in 2020 that the shooter in White Settlement learned about the wisdom of drawing a gun on Texans.

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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.” 

https://pjmedia.com/trending/washington-post-calls-brutal-iran-terrorist-thug-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.) 

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/ilhan-omar-stop-trump-qassim-soleimanis-iran-war-distraction-congress

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:

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/trump-iran-strategy-pompeo-obama-team-members-marc-thiessen

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:

https://pjmedia.com/instapundit/353486/

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!”)

https://pjmedia.com/trending/irans-al-quds-force-chief-killed-us-foreign-policy-establishment-hardest-hit/

 

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Democratic Presidential Race Update:

On Thursday, Julian Castro announced that he is dropping out of the race, surprising dozens of Americans who knew he was still in it. 

https://www.westernjournal.com/ap-castro-drops-2020-presidential-race/

Now, who will speak up for the rights of men who need abortions?

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/if-only-they-had-a-uterus-bill-maher-rips-julian-castro-for-remark-about-abortion-for-trans-women

Spiritual guru Marianne Williamson also reportedly laid off her entire campaign staff, but is continuing with her campaign, perhaps with the assistance of spirit guides to lay out the mats at her yoga fundraisers.  

https://www.westernjournal.com/ap-marianne-williamson-lays-off-2020-campaign-staff-nationwide/

And once again proving that few careers are more lucrative than being a socialist politician, Bernie Sanders’ campaign raked in $34.5 million in the last quarter of 2019. The largest subset of donors was teachers. This should be a giant red flag to parents to start home-schooling their kids.

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/01/02/bernie-sanders-fundraising-millions-092446

 

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Some assessments of the past year are still rolling in.  Here’s a look back at the previous year’s worth of dire economic predictions and how they panned out.

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/andy-puzder-trump-economy-defies-critics-2019-another-year-of-the-experts-getting-it-all-wrong

I’ll toss in another record that was set while we were on break: the Saturday before Christmas set an all-time retail shopping day record of $34.4 billion spent.  I personally don’t like the over commercialization of Christmas and the emphasis on gift spending, but there’s no question this is a great sign both for consumer optimism and for the fact that (despite the gloomy claims of Democratic Presidential hopefuls) Americans once again feel secure in their jobs and have more money in their paychecks.

https://www.foxbusiness.com/money/saturday-shopping-set-a-single-day-sales-record

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If you think the predictions of economic doom were wildly off, they were like the Amazing Kreskin compared to a secret Defense Department forecast of climate change from 2004.  I’m sure some people will say “How DARE you” bring this up, but according to the “experts” of sixteen years ago, Great Britain’s climate in 2020 (that is, RIGHT NOW) is like Siberia's. The climate-related catastrophes have caused widespread famines, millions of deaths and nuclear wars over resources, and (stop me if you’ve heard this before) it may already be too late to stop it (as of 2004.) 

Here’s a blog post with more details about the unlivable climate of 2020, if you’re interested.  It should be read for entertainment purposes only, not for advice on planning any trips to the UK.

https://fabiusmaximus.com/2019/12/29/climate-change-destroys-us-in-2020/

In one of those “How could life get any better?” stories, there’s a chance that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez might have to resort to her true calling of being a social media star because her Congressional seat is in danger of being done away with.

https://www.dailywire.com/news/new-york-dems-are-redrawing-congressional-districts-and-it-could-put-alexandria-ocasio-cortez-out-of-a-job

I should warn you up front, this is speculative, so don't get your hopes too high. But because their idiotic leftist government policies are driving so many people away, California and New York are likely to lose Congressional seats to other states in the 2020 Census.  Ironically, those policies include the minimum wage hikes, high taxes, hostility to job creators and other leftist crusades championed by AOC herself.  The Daily Wire reports that one of the most vulnerable seats in New York is AOC’s because (brace yourself to be unsurprised) over a quarter of its residents are non-US citizens. 

One of the most interesting details of this story: if AOC is left without a district, it will because the solidly Democratic state legislature redraws the lines to oust her.  I’m sure Nancy Pelosi will be crying all night over that prospect, as soon as she gets off the phone to Albany from making sure the deal is done. 

 

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  • Carolyn Wright

    01/07/2020 05:03 PM

    Love reading you commentaries, I can't stand to watch or listen to the Lying Dem's my TV is on mute a lot.. Keep up the great work, tell the President the same. Oh and I love your daughter, miss seeing her on TV. Have a God Blessed 2020.

  • Dusty

    01/06/2020 10:08 AM

    Voters listen to these Democrats who sit there now and take down this President for taking out this most horrible barbaric man Sol and ask WHY? Ask why of the families here who lost loved ones there in Iraq and here he was in Baghdad doing what? Our embassy was attacked WHY? What next there and we gave our blood to defend. NO, we do not leave anymore as we did per Pres Obama. Pres Obama took out Bin Laden and the Republicans stood with him? They the Democrats do not want to stand with anything not even this economy that so many now have jobs again. Jobs that for years went overseas WHY? Guess who made the money the 1% not the middle class. So ask WHY are they so always together I was married 40 years and for sure we did not always agree? Ask the Syrians who fled their own country for their own leader ASSAD who kept control and killed thousands and millions fled. This Gen Sol of Iran helped him and others in Yemen and Afganistan . So let those like Iran try to move forward and time we say enough and the people there if they could in Iran want freedom a very educated people who have been kept down per a so called religious group? WHY? What you see now per the marches for this Gen are set up and used you show up or see what next. If the people had the means they would be free. Talk to the US Iranians who cannot speak out per their families or they would ? How terrible these leaders are not religious they are EVIL!

  • Paul Lindsey

    01/06/2020 09:31 AM

    If Congress had enough evidence of wrongdoing for its majority to vote for impeachment, then now do they need testimony of others in the Senate trial to support their request for the removal of the President? The Senate prosecutors should be required to use the same evidence that was presented to Congress and then give the President the right to defend.
    The evidence presented to Congress was the scripted yes/no leading questions (not allowed in real trials) formulated by the A'Dam Shift team and handed out to the members of the committee to ask. What a staged production.
    It is amazing that A'Dam Shift now wants fair rules in the Senate - and he probably wants to write them.

  • HART RIST

    01/04/2020 08:27 PM

    Love your show and variety of guests. Several suggestions...time to do a new commercial with Kevin at Lear Capital. In follow up to Morton on tonight's show, get Jonathan Cahn on your show

  • Jerry K

    01/04/2020 07:56 PM

    Our Constitution offers Freedom of Speech. say what you like is for everyone, we also have freedom to move to different locations when one has positive views on terrorism people should locate where the terror reigns. Iran loves Americans Iraq loves Americans the middle East loves Americans they just hate our country so people that love terror and embrace terror please get on a plane and fly to Iran and Iraq the climate is really nice the government has a lot of American money from Obama you can exchange currency there great housing district and wonderful schools for your children they will teach your kids to murder rape and the food will be a bit different you will get use to it if you are obese that will not last long you will become lean and mean in a matter of months please lovers of terror don't waste another minute here in the United States a better life awaits you in the beautiful landscapes of Iran and Iraq.Order your plane tickets early before the price goes up fares are cheap now get them. Travel light they dress a bit different in the Middle East.

  • Paul Kern

    01/04/2020 04:34 PM

    I look forward your news letter and your TV show. Most Religious broadcasting is questionable. I am disappointed that you don't always have your morning edition daily. When it is on it doesn't appear until afternoon here on the west coast. I did find out the UN is hiring people on it's website to be part of a large paramilitary group in NYC. Can you look into that and other things the UN may be doing ad it is pushing so many false narratives to support the Marxist attempts to takeover here.

  • Anita Ward

    01/04/2020 03:53 PM

    Thank you for the info Gov. Huckabee. I appreciate your honest outlook of the events of the day, whether it is about something that is good or bad. I believe that the strength shown by President Trump is needed and pray it will not set off the powerful idiots that are in power in places that consider America weak, as we have been during the past administrations.
    President Trump says what he means and means what he says and that message is very clear. I believe he loves America and will always do what he believes is the wisest. Will continue to pray for him to seek God's guidance and strength for the American citizens.
    Thank you!

  • Heidi Petrick

    01/04/2020 11:56 AM

    Hey Governor, happy New Year! What you said about it left and Iran leads me to think they have already sold us out and all they have to do is wait until after the election and we become their property. If this is really true then it’s small wonder why one can’t find America in end time Bible prophecy. We need to keep President Trump and all who are working with him and especially the military in prayer. No, I refuse to panic but I thank God I live in a mountainous state. God bless you and yours Governor, keep up the good work! Heidi

  • Dot Whitley

    01/04/2020 11:45 AM

    I wish all of America could read this report, because it's nothing like we were told on national news.
    There should be a law against those who support the enemy instead of the USA, and speak against the President of the USA who has a tough job as he tries to protect our country. I wish they could be kicked out of our country, because it's obvious that nothing less would shake some sense in their wicked heads.
    Thanks so much for what you are doing to help the country Mr. Huckabee.
    Dot Whitley

  • Bonnie M Ullom

    01/04/2020 04:57 AM

    Thank you Governor for taking the time to do this newsletter!!! One of your commenters, Mr. Larry Rippere, (I think I spelled it correctly), noted that “government officials” were encouraging Iran to wait till Trump loses. And then he asks, is this not treason? Thank you sir for pointing that out. I thought so too. It is apparently not enough that we have corruption, anti-semitism, but we must have deep state and former government types committing TREASON. Have you all seen Tom Fitton’s (Judicial Watch) latest on dirty voter rolls in 5 states — to include my state of North Carolina. JW plans to SUE to get those voter rolls cleaned up. Governor, please start harping and haranguing on this subject every day. November 2020 is right around the corner. (Forgive me if I have incorrectly stated this. I am getting old and it is harder to have proper attention to detail.) Thanks again, Governor!

  • Louise Williams

    01/04/2020 03:26 AM

    I am glad that we have a real man in the White House.

  • Jimmy Humphrey

    01/04/2020 02:08 AM

    So many people in the last administration have committed crimes against Americans yet not one has been indicted. All y’all give is lip service

  • Peter Dyke

    01/04/2020 12:59 AM

    The Dems and the liberal media keep asking what is going to happen now after Trump authorize the killing of a terrorist leader. They should also ask themselves what might happen if Trump had not authorize the killing.

  • Stephen

    01/04/2020 12:08 AM

    Mike,
    I love you, brother! Most excellent perspective. Please keep up the awesome job of telling it like it is!

  • Kenneth Nicholson

    01/03/2020 11:58 PM

    I know a little not a lot. In the census they count everyone, but illegal immigrants should not count toward representatives. Only citizens should count toward representatives. Why should New York benefit from foreign people living there or any other State doing the same.

  • Linda Olds

    01/03/2020 11:01 PM

    I thought I was angry at the Dems before, but I am ready to scream at the idiots criticizing President Trump's killing of this terrorist. Not the right time? There may be consequences?? Trump doesn't have plans for whatever comes next???
    These Dems are traitors. They don't care how they hurt America when they go after President Trump.
    I hope they are all voted out of office, as there won't be any other consequences for them.

  • E Neil Cooper

    01/03/2020 10:47 PM

    Thank you! I love it, I love it, I loved it!

  • Susan C Burress

    01/03/2020 10:25 PM

    I enjoy reading your emails. Let me assure you that this retired Kentucky public school teacher will not support a candidate who endorses abortion. President Trump is God's candidate and I am proud of the job he is doing! Trump 2020!!

  • Vivian Sill

    01/03/2020 09:59 PM

    Thus isn’t in reply to tonight’s writing although as always it’s very interesting and educational. I heard on a program on Daystar about a movie called “Blind Eyes Opened”. It will air one only January 23 in major theaters. It’s about the sex trafficking crisis in the US. I thought perhaps you’d like to investigate and promote it on your show in the next couple of weeks.

  • Larry Rippere

    01/03/2020 08:51 PM

    US "officials" encouraging Iran to hold back until "after Trump loses" in 2020...
    Isn't this called TREASON?

  • Kenneth g stach

    01/03/2020 08:43 PM

    I am happy to here the real news from you because the news media does not report true facts only fake news

  • Linda C. Furlong

    01/03/2020 08:37 PM

    President Trump unlike Obama follows through. If we're hit he hits back. He saved lives because of an imminent threat. I don't understand the looney left, they would have done nothing & people would have been killed or mamed. God help us if President Trump is not re-elected.

  • Edie Faylor

    01/03/2020 08:20 PM

    God bless you for everything you do! I love getting the Evening Adition and know I can count on it being the absolute truth.
    Thank you!

  • Kay DeWitt

    01/03/2020 08:17 PM

    Mike, I appreciate the fact that you keep emphasizing the fact that no matter WHAT the President does, the Democrats criticize him for it! It's bad enough Republicans have to fight their enemies OUTSIDE the borders of our country let alone not only fight their enemies INSIDE the borders of our country but also fight their enemies sitting next to them in Congress. It's got to stop!

    What also has to stop is how the late night show hosts never cease to make fun of their President! It is scandalous and I believe that....if there is enough moral outrage against these shows....pulling on the heartstrings of people by likening what these late night show hosts DO to what our kids DO to one another that causes a kid to pick up a gun and kill his tormentors to silence them....they CAN be taken off the air!

    And I quite agree with you that parents should start thinking seriously about home schooling their children or forming Christian communities that will create a godly environment in contrast to the ungodly ones that surround us wherever we turn!!!!

  • Donna Pope

    01/03/2020 08:14 PM

    Love reading your comments. God bless you and our country!