Dealing with Iran (and Al-Shabaab)

Written by Andrew Linn on January 13, 2020

The Trump Administration continues to face criticism for targeting Qasem Soleimani. Such criticism ranges from the Democratic contenders in this year’s presidential election to Nancy Pelosi (who tried to introduce a War Powers Resolution in the midst of a squabble with Mitch McConnell over the impeachment articles) to Ilhan Omar claiming to suffer from Post-Traumatic
Stress Disorder (PTSD) over the situation, as well as referring to Soleimani’s death an assassination of a foreign official. Omar also criticized the Donald for imposing economic sanctions on Iran.

And of course, liberals in the entertainment industry didn’t waste any time criticizing the Trump Administration.

Musician Cardi B has announced she plans to file for Nigerian citizenship over the death of Soleimani. If she does move to Nigeria, there is a chance she might have a run-in with Boko Haram. I guess her contempt for the Donald supersedes the possibility of that happening.

Filmmaker Michael Moore has also spoke out over the death of Soleimani by apologizing to Iran, even going so far to ask the Iranian Government not to retaliate and let the American people vote Trump out of office this November (or perhaps hoping the Senate will remove him from office).

It appears that Moore was trying to one-up Rose McGowan, who reeled in her earlier Tweet and stated she had freaked out over the possibility of an impending war. McGowan added that while she was not siding with Iran, she was not siding with the United States either.

While liberals were criticizing the Donald and attempting to apologize to Iran, the Iranian military mistakenly shot down Ukrainian Airlines Flight 752 over fear of “American aggression”. This incident occurred several hours after Iran fired missiles at military bases in Iraq housing American soldiers in retaliation for Soleimani’s death. The Iranian Government admitted its mistake and expressed regret over the matter. As a result, another round of protests has erupted
throughout Iran, with some protesters chanting “Down with the dictator” and “Our enemy is here, they (referring to the Iranian Government) lie that it’s USA”.

One wonders if Ukraine might retaliate.

In the midst of the protests, the Donald tweeted the following message to Iran:

“To the leaders of Iran- DO NOT KILL YOUR PROTESTERS. Thousands have already been killed or imprisoned by you, and the World is watching. More importantly, the USA is watching.”

Some people have predicted that the days of the Islamic Republic of Iran are numbered. They could be right. And if it means giving aid to the protesters (to help overthrow the regime) or war with Iran, then so be it.

Meanwhile, Al-Shabaab attacked a military base used by Kenyan and American military personnel, killing three Americans in the process.

The United States needs to target Al-Shabaab’s leaders just as it did Soleimani.

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Andrew Linn
Andrew Linn is a member of the Owensboro Tea Party and a former Field Representative for the Media Research Center. An ex-Democrat, he became a Republican one week after the 2008 Presidential Election. He has an M.A. in history from the University of Louisville, where he became a member of the Phi Alpha Theta historical honors society. He has also contributed to and Right Impulse Media.