President Donald Trump gave the U.S. military the green light over a week ago to take out Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani — who has killed and help orchestrate attacks that killed thousands of Americans over the years.
The president has not hesitated to take a victory lap after Iran’s zero-casualty “revenge” for the U.S. killing of its top general.
Addressing the nation, the president boasted of the superiority of his approach to Iranian aggression over that of former President Barack Obama, who Trump blamed for funding missiles that Iran fired at American troops.
Trump blamed the Obama administration for funding Iran’s missile attack.
“The missiles fired last night at us and our allies were paid for with the funds made available by the last administration,” Trump said.
No Americans were hurt in the strikes, and by Wednesday morning, Washington and Tehran had apparently agreed to de-escalate.
Iran responded to the killing of Soleimani with a series of missile attacks on two Iraqi bases housing American troops last Tuesday.
Afterward, Iran said that it would not seek further escalation, and Trump responded in kind the next morning, ending tensions that set off fears of war.
In his speech, Trump painted a clear contrast between his administration and that of his predecessor, opening his remarks by boldly declaring, “As long as I am president of the United States, Iran will never be allowed to have a nuclear weapon.”
Echoing long-standing critiques of Obama’s Iran policy, Trump said that the “foolish Iran deal” emboldened the regime to pursue a campaign of terror throughout the Middle East and claimed that Obama helped Iran pay for the missiles it used to target American troops.
Trump pointed to $150 billion in Iranian assets that were unfrozen in the 2015 deal with Iran and $1.8 billion in cash that Obama sent to the Islamic Republic.
“Iran went on a terror spree, funded by the money from the deal, and created hell in Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, Afghanistan, and Iraq,” Trump said.
Trump said he authorized the drone strikes to “stop a war” with Iran that could possibly expand.
While Democrats and liberals are rushing to defend the Iranian scum — top military officials say Soleimani was planning “imminent attacks” on Americans that would have most likely killed hundreds.
The attacks would have been conducted on American facilities and workers in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon along with other countries in the region.
While Democrats and liberals are rushing to defend the Iran, the world are seeing that Trump is not Barack Obama and will take action to protect Americans.