• Michael McGowan

Good Job, Mr. Trump

No one should agree with a president 100% of the time. There are plenty of times that a president has setbacks, failures, inconsistencies, lies and other problems. If you are a person that agrees with a president 100% of the time perhaps you are blinded by the letter designation next to his name.

And there are times when a president truly deserves praise. When Bush, Jr. had the bullhorn among the ruins of the Twin Towers gave a stirring speech that united a bruised nation he deserved the praise that his charisma and leadership inspired millions to actions. When President Obama made the fateful decision to allow Seal Team Six into action for the capture or killing of the most wanted man in the world, Osama bin Laden, he put his entire presidential legacy on the line. And when Donald Trump cleared the way for the killing of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani he stood up to a nation that endorsed and planned for the killings of United States military personnel.


We know, no yet, what the geopolitical ramifications of this decision will be. Iran might finally back off from their cat and mouse game or they might up the ante. Time will tell.

There are a few criticisms that I'd like to address.

  1. Calling the killing of Soleimani an assassination. The general was a commander of the terrorist organization Quds Force. He was in a war zone not under cover of a diplomatic mission. And finally he was in a vehicle with terrorist, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, whom planned and carried out multiple attacks against United States soldiers.

  2. Failing to inform Congress. Congress has a right to know of actions that is likely to create challenges for this nation. However, when it comes to air strikes time is of the essence. Also Congress had already approved military action in Iraq. For reasons from number one I'd say this was a military action and the president is commander-in-chief.

  3. He informed other countries of the plan. This was a gambit. Iran could have been informed of the plans and immediately evacuate the revered general. Sometimes it's important to inform the allies because they must brace for retaliation. Israel and Saudi Arabia are prime targets.

  4. President Trump's action may have profound consequences that we might not be ready for. This is a legitimate concern. Iran doesn't have many options for how they react. Qasem Soleimani had a lot of power, respect and love in his country. What support the US might have among the populace of Iran could easily evaporate. Both Presidents Bush and Obama passed on the opportunity to strike at the general.

  5. Trump's past tweet: "Remember that I predicted a long time ago that President Obama will attack Iran because of his inability to negotiate properly-not skilled!" ~ Trump's tweet on November 10, 2013. There are a few more. The Iran Nuclear Deal was a way for us to avoid conflict. Trump pulled the United States from the deal. Once again, he created an environment that he must save us from.

Good job, Mr. Trump...and good luck.

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