For twenty years, Qasem Soleimani was head of Iran’s lethal Quds Force, an organization that has spread international terror and killed hundreds of Americans. During a recent appearance on Fox News, Sen. Lindsay Graham said “the intelligence was very strong” that Soleimani was planning future attacks in Iraq.
On Thursday, his plans changed.
The terror leader was killed in Baghdad via airstrike. It happened after a mob of Iranian-backed militants attempted to storm the American embassy. Many were waving the Hezbollah Brigades’ flag, a group that had killed a US contractor earlier in the week.
For some, news of Soleimani’s death was cause for joy, with Iraqis taking to the streets in celebration. However, the reaction among Democrats wasn’t quite so positive: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi condemned the killing, call it “disproportionate.”
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Pelosi said in an official statement that “we cannot put the lives of American service members, diplomats and others further at risk by engaging in provocative and disproportionate actions. Tonight’s airstrike risks provoking further dangerous escalation of violence.”
Rep. Ilhan Omar didn't like the move either, suggesting that it was an attempt by President Trump to "distract" from impeachment efforts.
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"So what if Trump wants war, knows this leads to war and needs the distraction?" Omar tweeted. She then pledged to " step in and stop him."
Connecticut's Sen. Chris Murphy weighed in too, warning of a "massive regional war." That's curious given how just two days earlier, he was chiding the administration for being too passive and complaining that "no one fears us."
In contrast, Sen. Ben Sasse's reaction was far more consistent. "This is very simple," the Nebraska Republican explained in a press release. "General Soleimani is dead because he was an evil bastard who murdered Americans."
For his part, the president commemorated the action by simply tweeting out an image of the American flag.
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