Post Debate Analysis: The 2020 Democrats on Iran
January 16, 2020
On January 3rd, President Trump ordered a drone strike near Baghdad International Airport to take out the commander of the Quds Force, an Iranian terrorist organization, Qasem Soleimani.
Soleimani was the top general within the Iranian regime and was considered the second most powerful person in the country. The strike came in the wake of violent protests orchestrated by Soleimani at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.
Following his death, the Iranian regime promised retaliation, and on January 8th, Iran launched missiles at U.S. forces housed at Iraqi military bases. Fortunately, no Americans were injured or killed, which could have easily escalated the United States and Iran into a full out war.
Earlier this week, the top 2020 Democratic hopefuls took to the stage in Iowa for the seventh Democratic debate of the cycle, and increased tensions with Iran was a top subject of discussion.
Here are 3 key takeaways on how the candidates responded to Iran:
Denounced the killing of Soleimani
To many in the international community, Soleimani was nothing more than a cold-blooded terrorist mastermind, designated as such by the US, the EU, and the UN. He had the blood of over six hundred Americans and thousands of other nationalities on his hands and has caused unrest across the Middle East for years. According to the Democrats, Soleimani was an Iranian General who posed no immediate threat to the United States or its citizens, despite recently killing an American and attacking the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. Here is what the Democrats had to say:
“President Trump just tossed a stick of dynamite into a tinderbox.”
“So, once you’re in the business of assassination, you unleash some very, very terrible forces. And, what I’m seeing now in this world as a result of Trump’s actions, more and more chaos, more and more instability.”
“This reckless move escalates the situation with Iran and increases the likelihood of more deaths and new Middle East conflict.”
“There are serious questions about how this decision was made and whether we are prepared for the consequences.”
“The timing, manner, and potential consequences of the Administration’s actions raise serious questions and concerns about an escalating conflict.”
“This wasn’t authorized by Congress and is an escalation that risks a wider war with Iran. Mr. Trump risks making a bad situation worse with reckless action.”
Just to be clear, the killing of a terrorist with the blood of Americans and thousands of innocents on his hands is ALWAYS a good thing.
Re-enter the Iran nuclear deal
The first quarter of the Democratic debate on Tuesday night was a discussion about the United States’ response against Iran, and shockingly, though unsurprisingly, all of the Democratic candidates on stage said that they would work to re-enter the United States back into the Iran nuclear deal.
The Iran nuclear deal:
- Aided the regime with $150 billion dollars
- Allowed ballistic missile purchases within five years
- Lifted sanctions on the tyrannical government
- Placed no restrictions on their terrorist activities
- Expired in ten years allowing Iran to continue developing nuclear weapons.
Despite much of the beginning of the debate dominated by questions surrounding Iran, Iraq and the United States’ presence in the region, there was not one mention of America’s strongest ally, Israel, during the two and a half-hour debate. Israel, a country that has been directly targeted by Soleimani and Iranian backed terrorist militias, did not even cross the minds of the Democrats on Tuesday night. It should also be mentioned that Joe Biden was a part of the most anti-Israel administrations in U.S. history and Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, and Pete Buttigieg all said that they would potentially withhold U.S. military aid from the country.
The 2020 Democratic hopefuls have decided to stand with Soleimani and Iran over our President, they are willing to enter the United States into a deal that props up a terrorist regime and undermines U.S. national security, and they are unwilling to stand with our closest ally.