Democrats have expressed anger and frustration after President Trump killed Iran’s top military commander but a longtime military analyst warns their Trump hatred is only emboldening Iran.
In a letter to her colleagues, Nancy Pelosi announced the House of Representatives will be voting on a war powers resolution, stating that President Trump must stop any and all aggression toward Iran after 30 days unless Congress specifically authorizes more.
U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Virginia) will introduce a similar bill in the upper chamber.
As news circulated on Capitol Hill over the weekend that a drone strike killed Qasem Soleimani, Democratic leaders acknowledged a ruthless killer was dead but condemned the President for taking action.
“American leaders’ highest priority is to protect American lives and interests,” Pelosi said of the drone strike. “But we cannot put the lives of American servicemembers, diplomats and others further at risk by engaging in provocative and disproportionate actions.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders went even further, comparing the death of Soleimani to Russia's president killing dissidents, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren called the strike "reckless."
OneNewsNow reported in a January 6 story that President Obama ordered more than 560 drone strikes on targets in the Middle East, which killed as many as 800 civilians.
"The only ones that are mourning the loss of Soleimani," Nikki Haley said on Fox News, "are our Democrat leadership, and our Democrat presidential candidates."
Democratic leaders also expressed anger they were not advised of the pending drone strike, which Trump was not required to do, but a story at The Spectator website says the President would be "deranged" to consult Democrats when it's known John Kerry has been working with Iran to circumvent the Trump administration.
Frank Gaffney of the Center for Security Policy calls Democrats’ reactions “political warfare” that will be viewed by Iran as “division" in our country, and that division will embolden Iran's leaders to exploit it.
If the Democrats persist in attacking President Trump, the military analyst warns, they are signaling to Iran’s leaders that their response is justified.
“I hope to God that won't be the case,” he says.
Iran’s leaders have vowed to retaliate, and the U.S. is bracing for a lethal response, but Gaffney predicts a future attack will be accomplished through a network of terrorist groups that act as proxies for the regime.
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