Iran

Biden hedges on Soleimani attack

Featured image Joe Biden has been wrong about nearly every major foreign policy decision for as long as anyone can remember. He was even wrong about the biggest no-brainer ever. Biden counseled President Obama against taking out Osama bin Laden when the opportunity to do so arose. (He now falsely denies this.) Biden doesn’t want to be wrong again, so he’s waffling on the decision to take out the terrorist general Qasem »

Iran Lies About Its Counterstrike

Featured image Iran tossed a few missiles at U.S. bases in Iraq yesterday, ostensibly in retaliation for the killing of Qassem Soleimani. The regime gave warning of the strikes, which injured no one and did little property damage, likely on purpose. Iran promptly announced that it was done retaliating. In other words, please don’t hit us again! It is revealing that the regime thought it necessary to lie about its counterstrikes. FARS »

Trump speaks

Featured image President Trump just concluded his formal statement on last night’s attack by Iran on the two bases in Iraq. He opened his statement with the vow that Iran will never acquire nuclear weapons on his watch and observed: “Iran appears to be standing down, which is a good thing for all parties concerned and a very good thing for the world.” He reported that no American or Iraqi lives were »

Soleimani fallout

Featured image As Scott noted in a post below, Iran retaliated yesterday for the killing of Gen. Soleimani by firing 15 ballistic missiles at two Iraqi bases housing U.S. forces. It appears that there were no American casualties. However, there were plenty of Soleimani-related casualties in Iran. The Washington Post reports that 56 people died, and more than two hundred were injured, due to a stampede at a funeral procession for the »

Iran strikes back

Featured image Iran retaliated against the United States last night for the termination of Qassem Soleimani with extreme prejudice. From inside Iran it fired some 15 ballistic missiles at two Iraqi bases housing U.S. forces — one in Erbil in northern Iraq and the large Al Asad base in western Iraq. One missile hit the base in Erbil (apparently four missed); ten hit the Al Asad base. No U.S. or Iraqi casualties »

Elizabeth Warren’s baseless “wag the dog” accusation

Featured image There have been plenty of misguided takes on President Trump’s decision to kill Gen. Soleimani. Elizabeth Warren’s is perhaps the most egregious. Warren claims that Trump hit Soleimani to distract America from his impeachment. She states: We know Donald Trump is very upset about this upcoming impeachment trial. But look what he’s doing now. He is taking us to the edge of war. There was a reason that he chose »

The Power Line Show, Ep. 161: “You Run the Show or the Show Runs You”—The Strategic Perspective of Harold Rood

Featured image The fuss over President Trump’s decision to kill Iranian General Qasem Soleimani is causing the usual hair-on-fire reaction among the media and foreign policy elites. Everyone is playing the parlor game of wondering how Iran might respond, and how we might respond to Iran’s well-develop capacity for “asymmetric warfare.” I got to wondering what my late professor of international relations Harold W. Rood (d. 2011) might think of the scene. »

Trump’s Sin: Conducting Foreign Policy Without Permission

Featured image Over at Instapundit, Glenn Reynolds posted an interesting message from a Facebook friend who wishes to remain anonymous. Here’s the relevant part: Following the death of Soleimani, it seems like nearly the entire DC / academia / journo natsec/forpol commentariat has penned variations on exactly the same essay: the President has acted hastily, has no plan, and isn’t capable of envisioning or handling what happens next. The template was established »

What will Iran do? Maybe not much.

Featured image Ray Takeyh is a center left political analyst and a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He specializes in Iran, where he was born. In this article for Politico, Takeyh argues that the killing of Gen. Soleimani, “contrary to what many observers are warning, could very likely temper the clerical oligarchs, who tend to retreat in face of American determination.” Takeyh cites past instances of their tendency to »

Iran’s Response: Meaningless So Far

Featured image Along with lobbing a few mortar shells, Iran’s regime has responded to the killing of General Soleimani by offering $80 million to anyone who delivers the head of President Trump: The mullahs of Iran have placed an $80 million bounty on the head of President Donald Trump in revenge for the hit that killed Quds Force leader Qasem Soleimani. Iranian state television announced the bounty, framing it as an offer »

Was Soleimani overrated?

Featured image Thomas Friedman calls the late Gen. Soleimani “Iran’s most overrated warrior.” He also calls Soleimani “possibly the dumbest man in Iran.” Friedman explains: In 2015, the United States and the major European powers agreed to lift virtually all their sanctions on Iran, many dating back to 1979, in return for Iran halting its nuclear weapons program for a mere 15 years, but still maintaining the right to have a peaceful »

The Latest On Iran

Featured image Iran or its proxies fired a few mortars and rockets at the Green Zone in Baghdad today: Two mortar rounds hit the Green Zone in Baghdad on Saturday and two rockets slammed into a base housing US troops, security sources said, according to AFP. No one was injured. This is a pretty lame response to the killing of General Soleimani, and I assume there is more to come. I do »

Petraeus on Soleimani

Featured image General David Petraeus gave an interview yesterday on the significance of the killing of Qasem Soleimani. It is well worth reading: Marco Werman: How did you know Qasem Soleimani? Gen. David Petraeus: Well, he was our most significant Iranian adversary during my four years in Iraq, [and] certainly when I was the Central Command commander, and very much so when I was the director of the CIA. He is unquestionably »

Yes, we can

Featured image When Iranian-backed militias attacked the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, Ayatollah Khamanei reportedly boasted that America “cannot do a damn thing” about it. This harked back to America’s failed effort in 1979 to rescue hostages Iran held. During a demonstration in Tehran following that fiasco, one of the signs said, “America can’t do anything.” All nations respect nations that can do things — in other words, nations that effectively wield power. »

Shadow Secretary of State Pelosi on the killing of Soleimani [With Comment by John]

Featured image Nancy Pelosi fancies herself a foreign policy expert who not only must be consulted by the president’s foreign policy team, but who can set or manipulate American foreign policy. Recall her foray into Middle East policy a decade ago, when she defied the Bush State Department, met with Bashar al-Assad in Syria, and declared him the key to bringing peace to the Middle East. Here is what Shadow Secretary Pelosi »

DNC Issues Statement on Killing of Soleimani

Featured image Today the Democratic National Committee issued this statement on the killing of General Qassem Soleimani by the U.S.: The attack came amid tensions that started by the US attack on PMF units that killed 28 Iraqi popular forces. A day later, Iraqi people attacked the US embassy in Baghdad. On Wednesday President Donald Trump ordered about 750 US soldiers deployed to the Middle East. … The developments also represent a »

Trump explains

Featured image This afternoon President Trump gave a prepared statement on the successful operation resulting in the assassination of Iranian terrorist mastermind Qassem Soleimani (video below). Long story short: Khameni’s main man crossed Trump’s red line and was hoping to do so again soon. “We caught him in the act and terminated him,” Trump announced from Mar-a-Lago. Soleimani “made the death of innocent people his sick passion,” the president explained. Wasting no »