The top headline news of the day and the past few days has to be the killing of the top Commander of the Military, Major General Qassem Soleimani on January second 2020.
Iran Vows Revenge
On January 3, 2020, Iran vowed revenge in response to U.S. drone strike that ended up killing Tehran’s most powerful military commander, tensions across the Middle East are escalating. President Trump’s Administration said it was sending thousands of troops to the region to bolster the security there for are diplomats, military and U.S. citizens.
The death of Soleimani has increased dramatic escalation in hostilities between The U.S. and Iran. Since President Trump withdrew from Landmark Nuclear Deal in 2018, he the reimposed sanctions on Tehran.
Iran’s UN Ambassador calls Qassem Soleimani strike “an act of war.”
Ambassador Majid Takht Ravanchi in an interview on CNN warned that there would be “harsh revenge” for the United States airstrike that killed the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force early on Thursday, January 2, 2020. He also states, “In fact, it was an act of war on the part of the United Sates against the Iranian people.
President Trump’s Comments
Friday, January 3, 2020, President Trump told reporters that Soleimani had to be taken out to protect American lives, saying, “We took action last night to stop a war. We did not take action to start a war.”
Our President also states: “Soleimani was plotting imminent and sinister attacks on American Diplomats and Military Personnel, but we caught him in the act and terminated him.”
Trump states that Soleimani had plotted the rocket attack last weekend that killed an American contractor and wounded service members, as well as the attack on the United States Embassy in Baghdad that followed. Ravanchi denies all claims made by President Trump and states to NBC News, “They (Trump Administration) have not shown any evidence to support their arguments, and if they have any documents they should show it.” The Trump Administration has not shown any proof of what is claimed but the Whitehouse as of today, either to Iran or The United States Congress and or The Speaker of The House.
Ravanchi also shot down Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo’s assertion that Soleimani was, “working actively” on an imminent attack in the region.
New York, Los Angeles-Ramp Up Security
After the Trump Administration kills Iran Military Leader Soleimani, New York City and Los Angeles both strengthen police awareness, cyber security throughout both cities.
New York City Mayor, Bill deBlasio said on statements late Thursday night and Friday (2nd and 3rd of Jan. 2020) that there are no known credible threats to the city but that the police departments are increasing its presence. There will be more officers and more “unpredictability” deBlasio said.
The Department of Homeland Security said in a statement that there are no “specific, credible threats against our homeland”, but that the DHS stands ready to confront and combat any and all threats facing our homeland.
The Los Angeles Police Department tweeted that it is “monitoring the events developing in Iran.”, but it said there is no credible “threat in Los Angels at this time. “This department is committed to ensuring the safety of our vibrant and diverse community, and we ask every Angeleno to say something, if you see something.
2020 Candidates For President\Way In On Discussion
The 2020 Democratic Candidates warned that the killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani could prompt a violent escalation in the Middle East and that Iran is likely to respond in turn.
Former Vice President Joe Biden states, “President Trump just tossed a stick of dynamite into a timber box.” He also said “We could be on the brink of a major conflict across the Middle East. I hope the Trump Administration has thought through the second-and third-order consequences of the path they have chosen.”
Senator Elizabeth Warren tweeted that although Soleimani was responsible for the loss of American lives, “this reckless move escalates the situation with I ran and increases the likelihood of more deaths and new Middle East conflict. Our priority must be to avoid another costly war.”
Senator Bernis Sanders said, “Trump’s dangerous escalation bring us closer to another disastrous war in the Middle East that could cost countless lives and trillions more dollars.”
The President’s Republican Allies
Lindsey Graham says he was briefed about Soleimani strike during Trump Golf Trip in Florida. Graham was visiting President Trump at his Florida Golf Resort, when he and the President had a conversation about the drone strike on Soleimani. If this is true it means that Graham was given forewarning information before any of America’s international allies or to any top Senate Democrats, House Speaker and or any members of the “Gang of Eight.” All would usually be updated on matters of national security.
These actions bring us back to the famous tweet that U.S. was pulling out of Syria and not informing The Kurds before we did. The Trump Administration has ignored any congressional rules about such acts. The plans are then told to The Congress, “Gang of Eight” after the fact.
The actions taken by The President of The United States “Donald Trump” has possibly put the United States in a vicarious and possibly dangerous position with no plan on how to go forward if and when Iran retaliates. I have reservations about what to make of this situation, the news on one channel is that we could be getting ready to go to war, and the other station is saying that this was a great thing that Preasident Trump did.
All I know is that I do not to be in another “Hot” war with anyone, be it in the Middle East and or here in our own country. To me it feels like we have been in some kind of endless war since 9\11. It’s scary and I am looking for answers, especially from our Government officials and The White House.
We as a country have to come together, the division in our country is so huge that I feel if we do go to war, this will be a huge conflict between us as a people.
If you would please leave comments below, I would appreciate it so very much. Help me to keep this very important conversation going.
All The Best