Imagine If Trump Hesitated on Pentagon Warning? [OPINION]
Hear me out: had President Donald Trump missed the opportunity to eliminate a threat that would go on to cost hundreds of lives of American victims at the hands of Iran's Qasem Soleimani, what would Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Adam Schiff and others be saying then?
Iran's terrorist mastermind was killed in an airstrike at the orders of President Trump on Thursday. It happened at the Baghdad airport in Iraq, where Soleimani was. He had been defying a UN charter banning him from travel outside of Iran.
The commander of the bloodthirsty Quds Force was deemed too dangerous to be anywhere else in the world by the international community before Thursday.
By Friday, the left in America was calling him a "charismatic poet," "the heart of the Irani military," a "murder victim," and many publicly apologized to Iran for President Trump's "terrorist act."
Let us, for a moment, imagine that Trump froze. He turned his back on the Pentagon's intelligence showing an imminent threat. For example, perhaps 10 bombs would go off in restaurants simultaneously across America on, say Thursday, January 16 at 7:25 p.m.
In Washington D.C., New York, San Francisco, Boston and Miami, where members of the Royal Saudis were dining in several of them and elsewhere where targeted U.S. officials were dining out as well – congressmen, family members of the president or past presidents.
Emergency first responders rushing to devasted, burning buildings where countless burn and trauma victims are littering the scenes. The bodies of charred small children and the elderly among the casualties.
In Boston, live footage from a mobile news team shows a wounded mom, screaming and crying on the sidewalk just outside of a smoldering bistro. She is sitting on broken glass and shredded pieces of wood while she is holding for the last time what is left of her precious three-year-old child. She ignores her own serious wounds and still has to face the fact that her dead husband is on the floor behind her.
Many hospitals are overwhelmed. First responders can be seen weeping at the scene. Nothing can be done for dozens at each site. The White House calls for an emergency press conference at 10 p.m.
Within a week, the FBI determines the likelihood that Iran is the culprit. Pieces of the bombs were gathered indicating many of the components identical to IEDs that killed American troops in Iraq were used.
Several known members of the Quds Force under Soleimani are shown on security cameras leaving the nation in various airports or at immigration facilities, exiting at the Canadian border. Word leaks out from the intelligence community to CNN and the Washington Post that the White House was warned by the Pentagon but failed to act.
Does anyone think for a moment that Trump would escape blame, scorn and be tried for malfeasance of duty in an impeachment we would all demand?
President Obama used drones to strike more dangerous targets in the clandestine world than a Playstation-addicted teen could hope to in his eight years as president and got not so much as a word from Pelosi, Schumer or Schiff.
The entire Massachusetts congressional delegation condemned President Trump's airstrike on a mass murderer yesterday. Soleimani is responsible for murdering thousands of political dissenters in Iran, protesters in Iraq, Syria, and Iran. His forces laid IEDs across Iraq, killing an estimated 603 U.S. troops over the years.
Soleimani also orchestrated the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad last Tuesday. The Pentagon reportedly informed the president that a large scale attack was imminent, targeting Americans.
The airstrike will absolutely increase the probability of retaliation by Iran. What should the president have done? You tell me.
So many disgraced themselves with their reaction to President Trump's decision. None sit in the Oval Office this time.
Ken Pittman is the host of The Ken Pittman Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Contact him at ken.pittman@