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Buttigieg, Sanders & Biden Hit Trump for Eliminating Soleimani

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Democrat candidates Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders during a break in the debate (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Democrat candidates Pete Buttigieg and Bernie Sanders during a break in a debate (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

What would have been the fate of premier Iranian terror leader Qasem Soleimani under Pete Buttigieg, Bernie Sanders or Joe Biden, some of the leading Democrat candidates for president? Would they have chosen to eliminate him as did President Trump or would he still be alive, free to wreak his jihadi terror on American forces?

That was a question posed to the candidates during the last Democrat debate February 8, 2020, reported The Daily Wire.

Arch terrorist Soleimani, commander of the Iranian Quds Force of the Revolutionary Guards, was the ruthless architect of the Iranian proxy wars in Iraq, Yemen, Syria and Libya. He was personally responsible for hundreds of America deaths in the region and central to Iran’s ties with terrorist organizations Hezbollah and Hamas.

At the time of his assassination, which was ordered by Trump, the U.S. government said he was planning imminent and deadly attacks on U.S. interests in the region.

During the Democrat debate, the candidates were asked by the ABC moderator, “Given what you know about Soleimani, if your national security team came to you with an opportunity to strike, would Soleimani have been dead or would he still be alive under your presidency?”

Shockingly, all three candidates opposed Trump’s decision to eliminate Soleimani. Take a look at their answers:

  • Buttigieg, a veteran, complained it was a bad idea, claiming Trump didn’t know what he was doing
  • Sanders stated the move would lead to international anarchy
  • Biden (who opposed the hit on Osama bin Laden, made by the Obama administration while Biden was vice president) said there was no evidence of imminent threat.  (Was Biden really privy to the high-level security briefings about that threat?)

This what the U.S. State Department had to say about Soleimani:

Since 1998, Qassem Soleimani commanded Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Qods Force (IRGC-QF), the terror arm of the Iranian regime. The IRGC-QF is tasked with planning and executing terror and military operations outside Iran’s borders. Under Soleimani’s command, the IRGC-QF has fueled destabilizing sectarian conflicts throughout the Middle East for decades.

The IRGC-QF continues to wage an illegal campaign of terrorism, assassinations, and violence. At Soleimani’s direction and with his oversight and guidance, the IRGC-QF has planned and conducted terrorist attacks across six continents and inside the United States.

The United States designated IRGC-QF a Foreign Terrorist Organization for its activities, and the United States designated Soleimani as a Specially-Designated Global Terrorist.

As the leader of the IRGC-QF, Qassem Soleimani was directly responsible for arming, funding, and training proxy groups in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Bahrain, Yemen, Afghanistan, and elsewhere. Operations carried out by these proxy groups have led to the death and suffering of tens of thousands, including many hundreds of Americans. These proxies routinely target and kill civilians, intensify sectarian conflicts, and prolong the suffering of innocent men, women, and children.

Soleimani personally directed and provided arms to militias in Iraq for more than a decade. These militias undermine the sovereignty of the Iraqi state, threaten the legitimacy of Iraq’s security forces, and target American citizens and forces. With Soleimani’s support and lethal assistance, proxies of the IRGC-QF targeted and killed over 600 Americans between 2003 and 2011.

We can confirm that in the past several days, General Soleimani had been traveling in the Middle East coordinating further imminent large-scale attacks against U.S. diplomats and service members. These threats were highly credible and the intelligence is sound. General Soleimani’s travel also violated the ban imposed by the United Nations Security Council.

Recent orders given by General Soleimani dramatically escalated Iran’s campaign of violence and terrorism against Americans and American interests in the Middle East. He orchestrated a series of attacks against American forces in Iraq in the past several months, culminating in the rocket attack on December 27, 2019, which resulted in the death of an American citizen, wounded four American service members, and threatened the lives of many more American personnel. General Soleimani also ordered the assault on the American Embassy in Baghdad. General Soleimani continued to command Iranian supported proxies in Iraq, which posed an escalating threat to the lives of Americans.

For his actions, Soleimani had been designated and sanctioned by the United Nations, European Union, and United States and is banned from international travel by United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231. In defiance of United Nations Security Council resolutions, however, Soleimani continued to travel to Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon directing and coordinating lethal actions that pose a threat to regional peace and security.

Some key international and United States designations of Soleimani include:

  • Designated a Tier I terrorist as part of the Department of State designation of the IRGC as a Foreign Terrorist Organization in 2019.
  • Designated under U.S. Executive Order 13224 as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist in 2011.
  • Designated under U.S. EO 13572 for human rights abuses in 2011.
  • Designated under U.S. EO 13882 for providing material support to terrorists in 2007.
  • Sanctioned by the United Nations under UNSCR 1747 for involvement in Iran’s nuclear program in 2007.
  • Designated by the European Union in EU 442/2011 for support to the Syrian regime in 2011.

 

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