2020-01-13 14:10:011 Oct 2018 01:53 AM EST
By Chanel Adams, Image source: The White House
President Trump announced on Monday, Jan. 13 that it doesn't really if Iranian General Qassem Soleimani was an imminent threat or not. He claims that Soleimani's "horrible past" was enough to have him persecuted. Trump also revealed that this national security team agreed on the imminent threat of Soleimani which led to the decision to have him killed. Trump's remarks come as Defense Secretary Mark Esper revealed on Sunday that the Iranian general was planning to strike four American embassies. But a U.S. drone struck him in Baghdad on Jan. 3, according to The Hill.
"The Fake News Media and their Democrat Partners are working hard to determine whether or not the future attack by terrorist Soleimani was 'eminent' [sic] or not, & was my team in agreement," Trump tweeted on Monday morning. "The answer to both is a strong YES., but it doesn't really matter because of his horrible past!"
Trump then accused both the media and Democrats of "trying to make terrorist Soleimani into a wonderful guy, only because I did what should have been done for 20 years." In Trump's tweets, he defended his decision to kill Soleimani after weeks of scrutiny. Trump's administration officials called the strike against Soleimani a defensive measure that is supposed to prevent imminent attacks from Iran. Soleimani is the commander of Iran's Quds Force, which is otherwise known as a terrorist organization.
Trump has previously called Soleimani a "sadistic mass murderer" who has American blood on his hands. But Soleimani isn't the only person to blame. Trump's remark has will make a global and national impact when it comes to America's allies and adversaries. Even if Iran claimed responsibility for the plane crash, Trump's still responsible for starting this war. Killing off the Iranian General revealed that Trump wanted to start a war with the country.
According to The Hill, Trump already approved Soleimani's killing in June 2019. Officials told NBC News that then-national security adviser John Bolton asked the president to act after Iran took down a U.S. drone. That's when Trump agreed to organize and operation to kill Soleimani. The officials also revealed that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also agreed with the decision to kill the Iranian General at the time.
This report still brings up the question whether Trump's administration was justified for killing Soleimani. The administration still claims the killing was justified to the imminent threats of attack that Soleimani has been plotting. Critics wonder how imminent those attacks were. Democrats were against the idea, and many members of Congress also didn't support the decision, based on the information they received.
The idea of attacking Soleimani was first addressed during a 2017 conversation with previous national security adviser H.R. McMaster. He gave the details of Trump's national security strategy to administration officials, according to those officials. One of the ideas included placing "maximum pressure" against Iran and "was not something that was thought of as a first move," said a former senior administration official involved with the discussions.
The conversations weren't taken seriously until Bolton, who replaced McMaster in April 2018, took on the ideas. There is already anger in Iran over the plane crash. Anger increased on Monday in Iran over the accidental shootdown of a Ukrainian flight and the government's attempts to cover up its role in the tragedy before taking on responsibility. Online videos reveal authorities firing live ammunition and tear gas toward the protestors. Iranians have already been suffering in the hands of the Americans. They've expressed shock and outrage over the plane crash that killed the lives of innocent people.
Those sentiments came loud and clear on Saturday, shortly after the Revolutionary Guard revealed that it shot down the plane by accident. There was a candlelight vigil at a nearby university that quickly turned into an anti-government demonstration, according to a report via The Associated Press. Students were heard calling America their enemy. On Sunday night, protestors crowded Freedom Square or Tehran's Azadi.
Videos were released to the Center for Human Rights in Iran and were later verified by The Associated Press. Protestors were seen coughing and staggering while they were trying to escape the teargas. One woman was heard saying, "They fired tear gas at people! Azadi Square! Death to the dictator!" Another video shows a woman being carried away from the violent demonstration. People around her cry that she's been shot in the leg. Escalations between Iran and America will continue to get worse if both countries don't come to a resolution.
27 January, 2020
-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: The Kansas City Chiefs versus the San Francisco 49ers. (Image Source: Michael Zagaris/Getty Images) The NFL held a media briefing to recap......More
27 January, 2020
-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Penn State wide receiver K.J. Hamler. (Image Source: Matthew Pearce/Getty Images) Ninety-nine players were granted special eligibility for the 2020......More
27 January, 2020
NBA players pay tribute to Kobe Bryant ...More