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How Tucker And Rand Got It Wrong On Killing Soleimani

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We are frequently in agreement with Fox News host Tucker Carlson and Senator Rand Paul that America’s recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been costly mistakes and that a policy of non-interventionism is preferable to a policy of endless war.

We are further in agreement with Mr. Carlson that many of the self-appointed experts who are advocates of endless war, nation-building and America as policeman of the world are not geniuses -- quite the opposite. We’ve seen many of them up close, even worked with some of them, and after observing them up close we can attest to the fact that instead of being preternaturally smart they are merely arrogant and self-important.*

So why would we disagree with Tucker Carlson and Senator Paul’s characterization of the killing of Iranian terrorist General Qasem Soleimani?

A day after U.S. forces killed Soleimani at the direction of President Trump, Sen. Paul declared that diplomacy with Iran "is dead." Later he went further, telling Fox News, "I think that there will be an escalation, and there will be a war with Iran."

Mr. Carlson likewise said, "Before we enter into a single new war, there's a criterion that ought to be met: Our leaders should be required to explain how that conflict will make the United States richer and more secure."

"There are an awful lot of bad people in this world. We can't kill them all, it's not our job. Instead our government exists to defend and promote the interests of our American citizens… So has the killing of Soleimani done that? Maybe. No one in Washington has explained how."

Tucker is right – no one in Washington has explained our policy toward Iran, because no President from Jimmy Carter to Donald Trump has been willing to tell the truth – that Iran declared war on America in 1979 and has been waging a fairly successful campaign against us ever since.

So, from our perspective the killing of Soleimani was merely one of our few successes in a war that Iran, with Qasem Soleimani at the head of its most actively engaged forces, has been conducting against us for forty years.

As our friend Ben Weingarten explained in a must-read article for The Federalist:

[President Trump’s] decision to strike Qassem Soleimani was a game-changing act with immense substantive and symbolic implications.  It finally brought a modicum of justice for the hundreds of Americans murdered and thousands injured at the hands of the head of the terrorist Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, his henchmen, and their proxies.

It took off the battlefield a genocidal military mastermind responsible for spreading Iran’s Islamic Revolution globally, constructing its Shiite Crescent in the Middle East, and threatening America and our allies at home and abroad.

Mr. Weingarten further noted: “There are obviously numerous ways Iran could retaliate against American forces and assets in the Middle East. But the very reason Iran has the capability to inflict such damage is precisely because of the policies of appeasement America has undertaken for decades. In other words, just as there are potentially major costs to action, there have too been major costs to inaction.”

And the cost of inaction in American lives lost and Americans maimed by Iran’s Soleimani-inspired IED attacks on our troops is incalculable.

So too has been the cost of the growth of Hezbollah as a state-within-a-state in Lebanon and one of the world’s most active and potent terrorist organizations: Growth that was in large measure directed by Qassem Soleimani.

And as we noted with outrage in our article “Making The Middle East Safe For Iran” credible national security professionals, such as our friends Michael Ledeen and Frank Gaffney, LTG Michael Flynn, Fred Fleitz, Clare Lopez and the late Admiral Ace Lyons, have spent years explaining what Iran has been doing to win the war it has declared on us – mostly to no avail in the face of opposition from the arrogant and incompetent architects of the failures. (For his must read explanation of why the killing of Soleimani was not reckless adventurism we should now add Ben Weingarten to the list of those who have gotten Iran right.)

As we have explained on numerous occasions* Iran has declared war on America and the West, so whether we wish it, or not, we are in a war with the Islamic Republic, and whether we wish it, or not, one of the principle battlefields in that war is Iraq, where, until President Trump took him out, Qasem Soleimani was directing operations against us with impunity.

As Michael Ledeen has made clear in countless articles and two books, it doesn’t have to be that way, and there are alternatives to an all-out shooting war, however, “Fighting back against Iran is difficult and costly. No American president from Carter to Obama has been willing to take it on.”

Perhaps the killing of Soleimani signals that President Trump recognizes that Iran’s successful prosecution of the war it declared on America and the West is largely due to the incompetence and arrogance of previous Presidents and their advisors, and he has decided to become the historic figure willing to take on, and win, the fight.

*We’ve documented that arrogance and incompetence in such articles as: On Iran Trump’s Advisors Offer Dumb And Dumber Options,  Will Trump Cave to McMaster, Tillerson and Mattis on Obamabomb Deal? And exhaustively in  Countdown To Get Us Out Of The Obamabomb Deal With Iran and, Even UN Says Iran Not Complying With Obama Nuclear Weapons DealConservative National Security Experts Urge President Trump to Withdraw From Obama's Nuclear Deal With IranPresident Trump’s UN Speech vs. Action On Iran And North Korea and If North Korea Has Miniature Nukes, So Does Iran.

George Rasley is editor of Richard Viguerie's ConservativeHQ.com and is a veteran of over 300 political campaigns. A member of American MENSA, he served on the staff of Vice President Dan Quayle, as Director of Policy and Communication for former Congressman Adam Putnam (FL-12) then Vice Chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee's Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs, and as spokesman for Rep. Mac Thornberry former Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.

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I am very disappointed with Tucker Carlson's comments on the killing of General Qasem Soleiman. He is right on many things but he is 199% wrong on this.