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Trump Made the Right Call Killing Soleimani

Trump Made the Right Call Killing Soleimani
Major General Qassem Soleimani, Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Force. Hamadan, Iran, July 26, 2018. (Salampix/Abaca/Sipa USA) (Sipa via AP Images)

By Friday, 03 January 2020 11:34 AM Current | Bio | Archive

We were ready. The troops were ready. Iraqi security forces were ready. The operation had been planned for weeks if not months.

In Baghdad, we were ready for any response. The Coalition was prepared to capture or kill a radical Shiite cleric who was heading up a militia that was disrupting the Iraq reconstruction.

The morning of the operation, I walked into my office in one of Saddam’s old palaces, ready to help execute the plan. It never happened. That was 2004.

Time and time again, over more than a decade, the United States and the Coalition chose not to target militias we knew were supported by the Iranian regime.

For more than 15 years, the U.S. government knew that Iran was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American soldiers and thousands of Iraqis and did little to cut off the aid, the weapons, and the technical military assistance from Tehran.

This week's U.S.-orchestrated attack that killed the leader of Iran’s Quds Force, General Qassem Soleimani, is a long time in coming. Our progress toward building a pluralistic, liberal democracy in Iraq has continuously been hampered by Iranian influence that this country allowed to happen.

Iran is the largest state sponsor of terrorism. The regime is responsible for the deaths of countless innocent people across the greater Middle East and around the world. The regime hasn’t just threatened to kill Americans. They have killed Americans. They have killed Jews. They have killed Muslims.

During the last two U.S. administrations, this country enabled Iran’s terror activities.

We took an unworkable, tepid approach during the Bush years against the Iranian-backed militias.

During the Obama Presidency, knowing the power vacuum left by the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq would permit Iran to increase its influence in Iraq, pulled our troops out anyway. Obama then handed the country billions of dollars and made a sweetheart nuclear deal with the same country who kills our troops, wants to destroy Israel, and perpetrates attacks that kill women and children.

When American forces killed Osama Bin Laden, the nation cheered.

We should cheer again that this terrorist was killed and we’ve finally stood up to Iran. It’s been a long time in coming and far too late to save the lives of hundreds of American troops.

This country ignored the rise of Islamic radicalism in the 1990s and the result was 9/11. We pulled our forces from Iraq and paved the way for the ISIS caliphate. We’ve allowed Iran to be the ring leader of the Islamic terror movement for too long. It has to stop.

President Trump made the right call.

Tom Basile has been part of the American political landscape from Presidential campaigns to local politics. He served in the Bush Administration from 2001-2004, as Executive Director of the NYS Republican Party and has held a range of senior-level communications roles in and out of government. Basile's critically-acclaimed book, "Tough Sell: Fighting the Media War in Iraq" (Foreword by Amb. John R. Bolton), chronicles his time in Baghdad fighting media bias and driving fairer coverage of the Iraq war. In 2011, he was featured in Time Magazine's Person of the Year spread about political activism around the world. Basile is an adjunct professor at Fordham University, a local elected official and runs a New York-based strategic communications firm. He is a member of the New York Bar and sits on a number of academic and philanthropic advisory boards. Learn more about him at TomBasile.com or follow him on Twitter @Tom_Basile. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.

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Time and time again, over more than a decade, the United States and the Coalition chose not to target militias we knew were supported by the Iranian regime.
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Friday, 03 January 2020 11:34 AM
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