Was the Assassination of Iranian Military Officer Qasem Soleimani an Act of War?

Elizabeth Warren on The View after the assassination of Qassem Soleimani

The Claim: After President Trump ordered the assassination of Soleimani, democrats condemned the killing. Twitter erupted into chaos, with “World War III” trending at over one million tweets. (occurred January 3, 2020)

Qasem Soleimani was a leader of the Iranian military and had serious ties to terrorist groups in the region. At the Baghdad Airport, a U.S. drone struck the airport to assassinate the terrorist. He is responsible for arming multiple terrorist group in Gaza, Yemen, Syria, and other countries in the Middle East.

It’s odd that democrats could not just admit that it was a good thing our country killed one of the biggest sponsors of terrorism in the world. Politicians like Elizabeth Warren were saying that this assassination was a bad move. The obvious truth is that Americans are safer because a deadly terrorist has been taken out.

The move was not an act of war. This cannot be characterized as an assassination of a foreign leader (which is illegal). This was the killing of a known terrorist leader, and was in the best interest of the United States. It put the Iranian leaders in check. The leaders of Iran now know that there will be consequences for their actions.

2021: Fast forward years later, and there were no retaliations from Iran for the assassination. Short-term retaliations occurred quickly when the assassination happened, but no long-term costs were seen. As president, Trump’s foreign policy drew very clear red lines for hostile regimes. Iran, one the most unstable regions in the world, understood that President Trump was keeping an eye on their actions. Let’s hope they act similarly under President Biden (not very likely, considering he wants to re-enter the Iran Deal).

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