Susan Rice Lies Again

Susan Rice Lies Again — Obama and Soleimani

By Daniel John Sobieski
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Susan Rice was a little less ubiquitous this time around than during her infamous five-talk-show world tour repeating the lie that the Benghazi terrorist attack was the fault of an inflammatory video and not due to the criminal negligence of President Barack Hussein Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. But there she was again on MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Comedy Hour” defending her former boss, this time against charges that President Trump cleaned up more of Obama’s Iran mess by terminating the life and reign of terror of Iranian Gen. and Quds Force Commander Qassem Soleimani:

The Obama administration wasn’t presented with the opportunity to take out Gen. Qassem Soleimani, who was killed by a U.S. airstrike in Baghdad early Friday, former national security adviser Susan Rice said Friday night.

“Had we been presented such an opportunity, what we would have done is weigh very carefully and very deliberately the risks versus the potential rewards,” Rice told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow….

Rice questioned whether Trump made the right decision.

“So, if in fact the administration can be believed that there was indeed strong intelligence of an imminent threat against the United States that’s being carried out by Soleimani and related militia then the question becomes [was] there more than one way to address that threat?” she told Maddow. “Was the only way to deal with it to kill Soleimani? Certainly, given his history and track record, he deserves his just rewards but the question is does that serve our interests? Does that make us more secure?”

Uh, yes it does, Susan. The Trump administration is certainly more believable than you and the Obama administration was in explaining why four Americans were abandoned to die in Benghazi, including Amb. Christopher Stevens. Because Trump killed Soleimani, the American embassy did not turn into another Obama-Clinton-Rice Benghazi tragedy.

The “reward” is that Soleimani can no longer ply his murderous trade and the families of the 600-plus Americans killed by his explosively-formed-penetrators can take some solace in his occupation of a special place in Hell. Those maimed by this butcher can take heart in that not enough pieces of him were found to have an open casket. And what were the risks? That those shouting “Death to America!” might try to kill us?

According to a 2018 report in the Daily Beast, Obama launched 186 drone strikes in Yemen, Somalia, and Pakistan during just his first two years in office. If he wanted to, he could have found and killed him. He killed Osama bin Laden, and took credit for it, even though the legwork was done by the preceding Bush administration. Osama bin Laden was killed while Obama was president, not because he was president

Obama didn’t want to kill Soleimani. He wanted the nuclear deal sellout with Iran, and killing Iran’s Quds Force commanding general would not have advance the deal. Better for Obama to release $150 billion to the Iranians and fly in some $1.8 billion in cash and drop it on an Iranian tarmac in the middle of the night. Quid pro quo, anyone? Obama not only didn’t pursue Soleimani as a matter of policy, he provided Soleimani and Iran with a terrorist-and-weapons slush fund to play with.

The Obama administration actually killed a chance to get Soleimani in a move unbelievably callous and self-serving. As TownHall reports:

According to a January 2018 report from the Israel newspaper Haaretz, leaders in Israel were prepared to kill Soleimani back in 2015 but the Obama administration put an end to the plan. Just as Israel was “on the verge” of killing Soleimani, the Obama administration alerted Iranian officials about Israel’s plans and their close tracking of the military leader….

It really isn’t that surprising to learn that the Obama administration intervened to keep Soleimani alive. President Barack Obama never stood by Israel even though the country is considered the United States’ greatest ally in the Middle East.

Tyler O’Neil at PJ Media noted an important tidbit about the revelation: “Yet the news that the Obama’s administration prevented Israel from assassinating the Quds Force leader seems particularly significant, since the Obama administration also kept a list of approximately 500 American soldiers who were murdered by Iranian IEDs. Since the Quds Force spearheads Iran’s operations outside the Islamic Republic, Soleimani would arguably be responsible for all of those deaths.”

And Obama didn’t care and neither did a Susan Rice fresh from covering up the administration’s criminal negligence at Benghazi. Sometimes it pays to read the fine print. They wanted Soleimani to live long and prosper for that was a price that had to be paid to get the Iran nuclear deal:

Former President Barack Obama granted amnesty to Iranian terrorist Gen. Qassem Soleimani as part of the “historic” 2015 Iran Deal.

The Obama Administration removed Soleimani from a list of Iranian outlaws, along with other leaders of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, according to a 2015 article in The Telegraph….

Found buried on page 86 of the annex of President Obama’s “historic” deal with Iran, Soleimani was granted amnesty and was taken off the list of proscribed Iranians — together with a number of senior members of the Islamic Republic’s Revolutionary Guards.

In addition to giving in to the Iranian regime with the agreement granted in 2015, Obama continued to help it, trying to gain access to the United States financial system, thus circumventing the continuing sanctions on the country.

According to a June 7, 2018 report by the chairman of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (PSI), Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH), “Obama administration secretly granted a specific license authorizing the conversion of Iranian assets worth billions of U.S. dollars using the U.S. financial system.”

the transactions did not take place because the U.S. banks refused to complete the requests, preferring to respect the law.

Well, at least someone did. Barack Hussein Obama had the opportunity, if he wanted to, to kill Soleimani. Instead, he protected Soleimani and sought to provide him and Iran the means and opportunity to kill Americans and make “Death to America” a chilling reality.

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Licensing of All Virginia AR-15 Owners

Democrat Bill Mandates Licensing of All Virginia AR-15 Owners

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A bill from Delegate Mark Levine (D) mandates all Virginia AR-15 owners acquire a license of ownership from the state.

Those who do not acquire a license yet remain in possession of AR-15s will be labeled felons.

Levine’s legislation, HB 961, applies to AR-15s and all guns which Democrats refer to as “assault firearms.”

Levine defines an “assault firearm” as “a semi-automatic center-fire rifle that expels single or multiple projectiles by action of an explosion of a combustible material with a fixed magazine capacity in excess of 10 rounds.”

He also notes certain cosmetic traits that place a certain gun under the “assault firearm” classification:

An “assault firearm” means  a semi-automatic center-fire rifle that expels single or multiple projectiles by action of an explosion of a combustible material that has the ability to accept a detachable magazine and has one of the following characteristics: (i) a folding or telescoping stock; (ii) a pistol grip that protrudes conspicuously beneath the action of the rifle; (iii) a thumbhole stock; (iv) a second handgrip or a protruding grip that can be held by the non-trigger hand; (v) a bayonet mount; (vi) a grenade launcher; (vii) a flare launcher; (viii) a silencer; (ix) a flash suppressor; (x) a muzzle brake; (xi) a muzzle compensator; (xii) a threaded barrel capable of accepting (a) a silencer, (b) a flash suppressor, (c) a muzzle brake, or (d) a muzzle compensator; or (xiii) any characteristic of like kind as enumerated in clauses (i) through (xii).

If Levine’s bill passes the state legislature and is signed into law, current AR-15 owners–and owners of other so-called “assault firearms”–will have a grace period in which to acquire license from the state

Levine uses the summary of his bill to note that “any person who legally owns an assault firearm on July 1, 2020, may retain possession of such assault firearm after January 1, 2021, if such person has obtained a permit from the Department of State Police to possess an assault firearm in accordance with procedures established in the bill.”

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Mitch pounds Nancy Pelosi

Cocaine Mitch pounds Nancy Pelosi into a powder

By Monica Showalter
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House speaker Nancy Pelosi is feeling the heat.

Just as she thought she had President Trump backed into a corner with impeachment, she smashed herself against a brick wall in Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, who refused to go by her rules, laying waste to all her precious plans.

In the Senate, Cocaine Mitch makes his own rules.  But actually, it’s not that; Mitch is just using Clinton-era impeachment rules.

Those rules were to invite the Democrats to present their case and answer questions, and then have the Senate decide whether to call witnesses.  Pelosi had already gone all out and claimed she wanted the Senate to call witnesses.  Mitch was obliged to follow no such diktats.  And as a result of staying steadfast on Trump, he now has a quorum to move ahead with those rules.

It’s gotten so bad that it’s now Senate Democrats who are warning Pelosi to drop the clown show, because her delay as leverage was starting to render Democrats irrelevant.

According to Issues & Insights:

On Tuesday, McConnell announced that he had the votes needed to proceed with the Clinton-era impeachment rules. And soon after, Senate Democrats, in a rare show of bipartisanship, started pressuring Pelosi to stop her pointless delay.

“Time plays an unknown role in all of this, and the longer it goes on, the less the urgency becomes. So if it’s serious and urgent, it should come over. If it isn’t, don’t send it over,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

As CNN contributor Scott Jennings put it, “No Republicans were harmed, pressured, or otherwise inconvenienced in the making of this sad, sad film.”

This is but the latest in a continually growing line of epic impeachment failures.

Old stegosaurus Feinstein complaining to fellow old tyrannosaurus Pelosi?  The pair of them are almost physical neighbors in San Francisco’s tony Pacific Heights and have known each other for years.  They’re textbook old cronies.  Feinstein was last seen supporting Joe Biden over her fellow California senator, upstart Kamala Harris, a move to support the Pelosi establishment Democrats if there ever was one.  Now she’s the first to break rank?  Politico says it’s bad.  This is one fracturing Democratic Party, indeed.

What’s more, Feinstein is probably speaking for many more Democrats in the Senate than are coming forward.  The impeachment process is not only rendering Democrats irrelevant as voters get bored of hearing each day of Pelosi’s delay, coming on the heels of her rush-rush impeachment; it’s actually damaging them.

One way is that the long, dragged out, boring as heck process is forcing the five Democrat senators still in the running for president to constantly keep coming back to Washington for the hearings and votes.  That’s cutting their campaign time.  That in fact was the real reason why the ultra-politicized impeachment was supposed to be done so quickly, according to the political observers — couched, of course, in the language of Trump being a danger to the republic and all.

Now she’s blown it.  Caught between the baying-for-impeachment Squad and the solid wall of Mitch McConnell, who, like her, understands power, she’s trapped.  It’s either get impeachment over with or let it bleed her party out of power.  She can’t move Mitch.  And she’s got Feinstein mad at her now, too, and going public, the cracks and crumbles now visible.  It’s either Feinstein or the Squad.  She’s caught like a pig in a poke, in a trap of her own making, and now can’t please any of them.

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How Biden Family Siphoned ‘Millions in Taxpayer Cash’

BOMBSHELL: Book to Reveal How Biden Family Siphoned ‘Millions in Taxpayer Cash’—Hunter Biden Just the ‘Tip of the Iceberg’

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A forthcoming bombshell book from publishing giant HarperCollins will reveal how five members of Joe Biden’s family—the “Biden Five”—siphoned tens of millions of dollars in taxpayer cash and guaranteed loans. And the recent scandals involving Joe and Hunter Biden, Ukraine, and Burisma are just “the tip of the iceberg,” say sources close to the publisher.

The upcoming book, Profiles in Corruption: Abuse of Power by America’s Progressive Elite, is the latest investigative work from Government Accountability Institute (GAI) President and Breitbart News senior contributor Peter Schweizer.

Publisher HarperCollins has the book under a strict embargo until its January 21 release. Sources with knowledge of its contents say the book will “upend official Washington,” similar to the way Schweizer’s past works like Clinton Cash and Secret Empires did when he broke the Uranium One and Biden-Burisma scandals.

Beyond the Biden revelations, Profiles in Corruption also contains chapters with breaking news on top progressive luminaries, including: Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Amy Klobuchar, Kamala Harris, Sherrod Brown, Eric Garcetti, and Cory Booker.

In a statement to Axios’s Mike Allen, the author described the book as “a sweeping, detailed look at how the leading figures of progressivism have leveraged the power of their positions.” The book reportedly took a year and a half to research.

Amazon’s pre-sale book description of Profiles in Corruption states: “Washington insiders operate by a proven credo: when a Peter Schweizer book drops, duck and brace for impact.”

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Democrats on Protecting America

Democrats Are Now Incapable Of Protecting America

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In the immediate aftermath of Iranian missile attacks on U.S. bases in Iraq – apparently designed to save face rather than kill Americans – is it an overstatement to apply Orwell’s ultra-totalitarian slogans to the left in the free country of the United States of America today? “War is peace,” The Party in “1984” assured its servile proles, “freedom is slavery,” and “ignorance is strength.”

After all, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi assured us that the people’s elected representatives could cast their votes for Obamacare while being entirely ignorant of the contents of the law. And the “Medicare for All” being pushed hard by top-tier Democrats running for president, such as Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, obviously means freedom of choice of health plan for no one. To have such liberty, they tell us, would make us slaves of the rich health insurers.

But national security is where the Orwellian really comes through. The reality of war is defeating the enemy, and oftentimes that necessarily means killing your adversary’s military strategists. For instance, over the course of seven months, exiled Czechoslovakian soldiers planned and successfully executed Operation Anthropoid, the 1942 killing of Reinhard Heydrich, a powerful Nazi security chief and one of the formulators of Hitler’s genocide of the Jews. A well-reviewed film of the operation was released several years ago.

To today’s Democrats, however, the war on terror apparently doesn’t mean killing terrorists – even when the terrorist mastermind taken out was actively planning mass killings of Americans and already had the blood of hundreds of Americans on his hands at the time of his demise, as with Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Quds Force.

Somehow, during World War II we never heard members of Congress say what a grinning Sen. Chris Van Hollen, Maryland Democrat, said on Fox News Sunday about killing a top enemy military commander: “You have to look at what the consequences are” of killing Soleimani. “We don’t go around killing all the very bad people in the world.”

We never heard President Franklin Roosevelt’s political opponents complain as Senate Foreign Relations Committee Democrat Chris Murphy of Connecticut did on CBS on Sunday. He condemned the policy of executing “high-level political figures of sovereign nations” such as Soleimani, arguing that it risks U.S. officials being assassinated. Murphy’s preference would have been “more targeted strikes against other Iranian or Iranian proxy assets in the region.”

Contrary to Murphy’s characterization, “political figure” Soleimani, like Heydrich, wasn’t elected to the command of his killing force, or to anything else. But then the Ayatollah Khamenei, Iran’s “supreme leader,” isn’t elected either. Moreover, Iranian elections are themselves highly suspect.

To Murphy and plenty of other Democrats in Congress, killing terrorist commanders is the work of a disturbed mind. “The moment we all feared is likely upon us,” Murphy tweeted over the weekend. “An unstable president in way over his head, panicking, with all his experienced advisers having quit, and only the sycophantic amateurs remaining. Assassinating foreign leaders, announcing plans to bomb civilians. A nightmare.”

Kind of like the nightmare of Churchill bucking his experienced advisers in supporting Operation Foxley, the British special ops designed to assassinate Hitler, which proved unnecessary.

To the U.S. left, bombs and bullets don’t stop terrorists; pieces of paper do. Obama speechwriter Ben Rhodes, in a beatitude appearing in The Atlantic this week, assures us that the genius of Obama’s Iran nuclear deal was preventing all-out war with the Islamofascist state.

“It is likely, of course, that Trump couldn’t even describe the Iran deal’s terms,” Rhodes couldn’t help sneering, evoking unpleasant memories of how Jimmy Carter seemed to know every appendix of most government programs while Ronald Reagan was an amiable dunce. Yet Carter insisted on micromanaging the disastrous Desert One rescue attempt in Iran in 1980, and Reagan struck out Gorbachev and walked off the mound with the lead, leaving George H.W. Bush to close out the game and bring down the Soviet Union – something for decades considered an impossibility.

The real paper in Obama’s Iran deal isn’t anything anyone signed, though; Rhodes never gets around to mentioning the tens of billions of dollars in hard cash the deal made available for Tehran, much of which was utilized by Soleimani for terrorism. Obama’s Iran nuclear deal, in other words, was essentially a multi-billion-dollar bribe.

A War On Terror That Kills Terrorists

“To take a terrorist off the battlefield does not increase the risk of terror,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told CBS on Sunday, and most Americans have enough common sense to agree with him. “The risk of terror is increased by appeasement. That’s what the Obama-Biden administration did; it’s what President Trump will never do.”

As Gen. David Petraeus, architect of George W. Bush’s successful 2007 Iraq surge and later tapped to be Obama’s CIA director, said on CBS of the elimination of Soleimani:

“This is bigger than bin Laden. It’s bigger than [deceased ISIS ruler] Baghdadi. This is the equivalent in U.S. terms of the CIA director, CENTCOM commander, JSOC [Joint Special Operations] commander, and presidential envoy for the region for Iran, the most powerful figure in Iran for the solidification of the Shia crescent, and also the operational commander of the actions that they were pursuing.”

There was a time when Democrats insisted that striking down terror strategists was what mattered. “Five years after 9/11, we have still failed to capture or kill Osama bin Laden,” current House Majority Whip James Clyburn declared on the House floor in September 2006, for example. “The war in Iraq has distracted us from finding Osama bin Laden, dismantling al-Qaida and fighting the war on terrorism.”

Now, however, Democrat after Democrat hails talk and condemns military action against terrorism. Obama in June 2015 even issued “a new presidential policy directive” regarding “terrorist groups” in which “we are clarifying that our policy does not prevent communication with” such groups. The directive focused on terrorists holding American hostages, but it reversed the long-standing strong policy preference against negotiating with terrorists.

The death at American hands of Iran’s chief terrorist operative is “reckless” says Joe Biden, an “assassination” and “dangerous escalation,” in Sanders’ words, and “has taken us to the brink of war,” according to Pete Buttigieg. Warren also called it an “assassination.”

The truth is that Iran has been at war with America for more than 40 years, though much of Washington has been in denial about that reality. What Democrats offer as defense is “diplomacy” with little for Iran to fear buttressing it, and thus better described as pre-emptive surrender. It’s a principle that produces pacts such as Obama’s with Iran, which Tehran has shown in recent months amounts to kicking the nuclear terrorism can down the road – by maybe a year.

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Humoring a Demon:

Humoring a Demon: Top Six Ways Democrats Coddled Soleimani

By Monica Showalter
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If you want to know why Democrats are so hellbent on condemning President Trump’s wipeout of Iran’s Number Two, Qassem Soleimani, maybe a look at their record with this guy can tell some of the story.

This demon (as Mancow so flawlessly characterized him) was a powerful guy in hellhole Iran, and he extended his brutality well beyond Iran’s borders. He was responsible for the killings of hundreds of Americans in Iraq and beyond. He amassed his power because under the Obama administration, favors were done in a way that enabled him to rise as Iran’s Quds force commander, racking up victory after victory at our expense. Democrats helped him a lot in his revolting journey, dating from the genesis of the Ben Rhodes-Barack Obama Iran deal. 

Here’s a list of the top six things the Democrats did to enable him to get as powerful and depraved in his activity as he did:

6. Travel: This guy was under U.S. and U.N. sanctions, and nominally forbidden to travel anywhere, yet he traveled anywhere he wanted to go with abandon. Flying commercial, he used planes full of unwitting people he was onboard with as human shields to deter rocket attacks, but he still had no trouble getting onboard. And according to the Washington Post, that was useful indeed:

Such travel, however, has been a mainstay of Soleimani’s work for decades as the leader of Iran’s Quds Force, a special squad focused on overseas operations, among other intelligence missions, as part of the elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

Sanctions were nonsense, U.N. or U.S., because with Democrats in power, nobody was stopping him. He got used to the routine before President Trump got finished with him. …

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Dems Forget Soleimani’s Plot

Dems Forget Soleimani’s Plot to Bomb Washington

By Daniel John Sobieski
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One could conceivably hold House Speaker Nancy Pelosi responsible for the death-by-drone of Qassem Soleimani for she rushed impeachment of President Trump on the grounds we could not let him occupy the White House for even one more day lest our erratic commander-in-chief do something irrational. Then she unconstitutionally withheld the two cotton-candy Articles of Impeachment from delivery to the Senate for trial. Guess you waited too long, Nancy.

The killing of Soleimani was of course quite rational and quite ironic, as the Iranian general supposedly banned from international travel traveled the road from Baghdad International Airport on a road that has seen the deaths some of the 600 Americans killed by the explosively-formed-penetrators his forces supplied to Iraqi militias, not to mention the thousands maimed by them.

Perhaps President Trump should invite some of the families of the soldiers Soleimani murdered and some of the wounded warriors he maimed so Pelosi could look up at them and see why the killing of enemy combatant Soleimani in a war zone as he plotted to turn our embassy in Baghdad into another hostage crisis or worse, another Benghazi, was justified. …

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Iran Is Weak

Iran Is Weak and Soleimani Is Still Dead

By William L. Gensert
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If I learned anything growing up in the Bronx in the 1970s and 1980s it is this: When someone says they are going to kill you, you should believe them.  Iranian leaders have been vowing, “Death to America” for four decades.  Successive presidents have striven mightily to not only ignore their declaration but also to maintain it lacked the solemnity of true intent.

Why else would the smartest president ever, Barack Obama, through his sham legacy foreign policy accomplishment, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agree to cede Iran a secured path to developing nuclear weapons?

As a corollary, it is almost an aphorism to state that when someone keeps pushing, at some point, you must push back, or attrition will be your fate.

In this, the simplicity in Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s combination statement/oath uttered in reference to an obscure phone call about military aid can’t be beaten.  He said, “Nobody pushed me.”

Trump exercises great forbearance when it comes to military response.  He did so with Iran.  Even as it ratcheted up its provocations, he exercised due discretion.  But Iran crossed a line, and nobody pushes Trump.  When Iran killed an American, Trump killed dozens.  In response, they tried to overrun our embassy and Soleimani became a smear on a road to historical infamy.

Qassem Soleimani was in a Baghdad meeting with Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the leader of Kataib Hezb’allah, his new pet militia — mere miles away from our embassy, and immediately subsequent to the militia’s test-assault.  They were there to plot and execute more terrorist attacks on America.  Democrats ignore this.

One of these planned attacks was rumored to be a full-scale takeover of the embassy, as in Iran in 1979.  Incidentally, 1979 was the year Iran began its war on America.

Democrats like to pretend Obama didn’t spend eight years burning down the world:  Barry invited Russia back into Syria (after a 25-year absence); gave Syria to Iran and Russia; destroyed Libya (without congressional authorization); gave Iraq to Iran, while guaranteeing Iran a nuclear weapon (in a few years) through the JCPOA non-treaty; as well as financing its worldwide terrorism network (run by Soleimani) with a $150 billion gift.  Plus, $1.4 billion in pallets of cash was paid as ransom for the return nine kidnapped and humiliated American sailors.

They also ignore that it was Barry who opened the floodgate of “refugees” and potential terrorists, now raping and pillaging their way across Europe, perhaps culturally transforming the continent forever (Barry was always big on “transformation”).

It’s almost as if Obama was working for Iran.

Trump’s assassination of Soleimani and Muhandis was a brilliant tactical move.  Done on a quiet road near the Baghdad International Airport to minimize collateral damage, it was a decapitation of Iran’s military; it was Iran’s “Yamamoto Moment.”

Soleimani commanded the IRGC’s Quds Force, which is the primary instrument of control in Iran’s attempt at regional hegemony by establishing a Shiite Crescent land bridge to the Mediterranean Sea, as well as its weapon of choice to foment terror and exercise control over its satrapies, Lebanon, Syria, and now, Iraq.

General David Petraeus called Soleimani “our most significant and evil adversary.”  He also said Soleimani’s elimination was bigger than bin Laden and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

After all, Baghdadi died like a dog in a cave after the demise of his “caliphate” and bin Laden was in hiding, spending his final days surfing the net for kiddy porn.  Soleimani was king of the terrorist world.  Yet as “austere” and “revered” Soleimani might have been, it didn’t matter to Trump, he counterpunched the Quds leader down the chute to hell.

Trump does not lead from behind, he kicks behind.  With the killing of Soleimani, Trump has given notice to the mullahs that there will be no more tit-for-tat because from now on, America will do the escalating.

Somewhere across the globe Ali Khamenei and Kim Jong-un are destroying the SIM cards from their cell phones.

Of course, the Democrats and the media, having copyrighted the slogan, “Death to America” didn’t see it that way.  The Democrats’ sole interest is partisan political advantage, no matter how damaging to America.  And the media’s sole interest is advancing the interests of the Democratic Party.

They are up in arms about Congress not being notified before the attack.  Yet, everyone knows that had Trump notified Congress, there would have been several Democrats on the phone to the ayatollah within minutes.

They’ve called the killing a “dangerous escalation.”  Dismissing the fact that Iran has been waging war on America for 40 years, they claim America will now be subject to vicious Iranian reprisals.

Spengler says it best:

“Iran revealed part of its strategic capability in September when Iranian infiltrators used ground-hugging cruise missiles and autonomous drones to destroy Aramco facilities in Saudi Arabia. Iran tested its “Khorramshahr “ missile with an estimated 2,000-kilometer range in 2017. It is not known how effective the weapon is or how many Iran possesses. It is possible that Iran has enough ordnance to swamp American anti-missile defenses at its Doha airbase or to overcome the air defenses on an American warship in the Persian Gulf.”

He added this:

“[Iran’s] September attack on Aramco facilities in Saudi Arabia exposed the weakness of US air defenses. The Patriot anti-missile system can’t shoot anything flying lower than 60 meters, and Iran has low-flying cruise missiles. A successful strike against Doha certainly figures in American calculations.”

But he also noted the potential options available to Trump:

“If Iran were to attack Doha, America’s response likely would be devastating. Two dozen missiles or bombing sorties could wipe out Iran’s economy in a matter of hours. Fewer than a dozen power plants generate 60% of Iran’s electricity, and eight refineries produce 80% of its distillates. A single missile strike could disable each of these facilities, and bunker-buster bombs of the kind that Israel used last month in Lebanon would entirely destroy them. Without much effort, the US could destroy the Port of Kharg from which Iran exports 90% of its hydrocarbons.”

Iran is a bully.  Like every bully, it was testing America’s limits — pushing to see how far it could go.  They ate Obama’s lunch for eight years — they expected to do the same with Trump.  There is a valuable lesson from the investment realm Iran would do well to heed:  “Past performance is no guarantee of future results.”

And — Trump is no Barack Obama.

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‘Nancy Pelosi Is Attempting to Obstruct a Senate Trial’

GOP Sen. Hawley: ‘Nancy Pelosi Is Attempting to Obstruct a Senate Trial’ by Withholding Impeachment Articles

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Monday, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) decision to withhold articles of impeachment from the Senate.

Hawley accused Pelosi on “Fox & Friends” of “attempting to obstruct a Senate trial” and called for a change in the Senate rules to allow for the case to be dismissed if she continues her refusal to send over the articles.

“You know, Nancy Pelosi is attempting to obstruct a Senate trial. That’s all there is to it,” Hawley stated. “The Constitution says that the Senate is the one that will have the trial. It says the trial will follow the impeachment. Now, she’s trying to prevent a trial. She’s trying to obstruct it and upend the Constitution. Here’s what needs to happen: we need to change the Senate rules to allow the Senate to dismiss this case if she refuses to send the articles over.”

He added, “In a normal courtroom, in a real world if the prosecutor does not try his or her case – if they don’t actually bring it forward to the court – then the defendant can say, ‘Alright, well then we’re dismissing the case.’ The court can say, ‘We’re dismissing the case.’ And in this instance, the Senate is the court, and it’s time for us to take action and say, ‘If you’re not going to prosecute your case, we’re throwing it out.’”

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Richard Grennell schools New York Times

Richard Grennell schools New York Times reporter on ‘wag the dog’ drivel

By Monica Showalter
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Out on Twitter, New York Times reporter Rukmini Callimachi ignited a controversy by announcing that she’d heard from her deep-state sources within the Trump administration that the pretext for the U.S. strike on Iranian terrorist chieftain Qassem Soleimani was pretty flimsy:

Seems she couldn’t wait to get that ‘scoop’ into the paying subscription part of the Times, so out it flew on freebird Twitter. Maybe it didn’t even measure up to even the Times’ fact-checking standards. The foreign desk is quite possibly tougher than the political desk.

Or maybe it was because the real point of her post was to throw out an editorial comment and get something viral going. She’s got 384,000 followers.

Wag the dog, right? Same as Bill Clinton did back when he had some impeachment problems? That one’s been blowing around for awhile now, and she seems to like it. Her 17-part story-length tweet sequence seems to be all about wanting to ‘prove’ it, actually. Callimachi claims to be an ‘ex-refugee’ on her Twitter feed. A search shows that she was originally from Romania but raised in the states. Clinton’s real wag-the-dog war happened in that region in the 1998s so it’s possible it was some defining event for her.

Two premises here – that Soleimani’s killing means war with Ira is inevitable, which is the line the left is putting out, and Trump is doing it to whip up the masses to save him from impeachment.

Enter Richard Grenell, President Trump’s ambassador to Germany and probably the most effective and commonsensical voice on all foreign policy. This man has Trump’s ear:

Seriously, who would really know, other than Grenell? He probably knew all kinds of classified things on why Soleimani needed to be taken out. And the little #nevertrump pipsqueaks were likely too low level and cut out of the loop. Grenell schooled another one here:

For good measure, he gave Ben Rhodes a smackdown, too.

Bottom line, neither of Callimachi’s premises are correct, they are just the doings of the deep state, trying to undermind President Trump. GatewayPundit has more here. 

When you’ve got Grenell telling you your anonymous sources are junk, it leaves just one conclusion: They are junk. The New York Times has gotten schooled.

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Britain Backs Trump

Britain Backs Trump on Iran, Deploys Royal Navy to Persian Gulf

HERTFORD, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 04: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson shakes hands with US President Donald Trump onstage during the annual NATO heads of government summit on December 4, 2019 in Watford, England. France and the UK signed the Treaty of Dunkirk in 1947 in the aftermath of WW2 cementing …
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The United Kingdom defended the actions of the Trump administration in Iran, saying the United States is “entitled to defend itself” against Iranian aggression and deploying the Royal Navy to the Persian Gulf to protect shipping vessels flying the British flag.

The Secretary of State for Defence, Ben Wallace, expressed support for America’s decision to take out Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps commander Qasem Soleimani, citing the violence committed in Iraq by Iran-backed militias.

“During the last few months U.S. forces in Iraq, who are based in Iraq at the invitation of the Iraqi government, have been repeatedly attacked by Iranian-backed militia”, Wallace said, in comments reported by The Telegraph.

“General Soleimani has been at the heart of the use of proxies to undermine neighbouring sovereign nations and target Iran’s enemies. Under international law the United States is entitled to defend itself against those posing an imminent threat to their citizens”, the Defence Secretary concluded.

In response to escalating tensions after the death of Soleimani, the United Kingdom has deployed the Royal Navy to the Strait of Hormuz, to protect British shipping vessels in the Persian Gulf from retaliatory strikes from Iran.

Royal Navy warships have not patrolled the strait since November, when the navy had been protecting British ships after Iran seized a British-flagged oil tanker, the Stena Impero, in July of last year.  The ship was finally released by Iran in September.

Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary Dominic Raab, speaking today to the BBC, also defended the killing of Soleimani.

“My view is — and the operational assessment has been done by the Americans — is that there is a right of self-defence,” Raab said.

“It was General Soleimani’s job description to engage proxies, militias across not just Iraq but the whole region, not just to destabilize those countries but to attack Western countries… In those circumstances, the right of self-defence clearly applies”, he added.

On Saturday the British Foreign Office warned British citizens not to travel to Iraq, where the United Kingdom still has 400 military personnel stationed, for fear of Iranian reprisals, saying that British citizens “could be arbitrarily detained or arrested in Iran”.

The defence by the United Kingdom of President Trump’s actions against Iran comes in stark contrast to the response of other European nations, many of whom have shied away from supporting America.

Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State for the United States, chastised the country’s supposed allies in Europe for not supporting the strike against Soleimani.

“[I have been] talking to our partners in other places that haven’t been quite as good — frankly, the Europeans haven’t been as helpful as I wish that they could be”, said Pompeo.

“The Brits, the French, the Germans, all need to understand that what we did, what the Americans did, saved lives in Europe as well… We’re not going to appease [Iran] any longer”, he added.

Jeremy Corbyn, the 70-year-old far-left leader of Britain’s Labour Party — who referred to the killing of Soleimani as a “U.S. assassination” — has called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to convene the Privy Council and denounced the “belligerent actions and rhetoric” actions of the United States.

“The U.S. assassination of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani is an extremely serious and dangerous escalation of conflict in the Middle East with global significance”, he said.

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