Tensions between the United States and Iran came to a head on January 8th, as Iran retaliated for the targeted killing of its General, Qassem Soleimani by firing a salvo of missiles at two Iraqi military bases where American troops are stationed (AP). After the attack, President Trump gave a speech and announced that there were no American or Iraqi casualties during the attack and that Iran “appears to be standing down” (Fox News). The President announced that he would be continuing to evaluate options regarding the situation with Iran, but it appears things are deescalating.
Democratic lawmakers have roundly criticized President Trump’s decision to order the killing of General Soleimani. After attending a closed door briefing with administration officials on Wednesday, House Democrats were frustrated with the President. “There was no raw evidence presented that this was an imminent threat,” said Washington State Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal (POLITICO). Complaining that President Trump ordered the strike on Soleimani without consulting Congress, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), said that the House would vote on Thursday to limit President Trump’s power to order military actions against the Iranians (NBC News).
Conservative reactions to Trump’s strike on Soleimani and the tensions with Iran were mixed. Generally establishment types praised President Trump’s decision as an act of deterrence and a showing of American strength and resolve (Ben Shapiro/TWITTER).
Others like prominent Fox News host Tucker Carlson questioned the wisdom of antagonizing the Iranian regime. “No one in Washington is in the mood for big-picture questions right now,” stated Carlson on his show. “The obvious ones like, is Iran really the greatest threat we face? And who’s actually benefiting from this? And why are we continuing to ignore the decline of our own country in favor of jumping into another quagmire from which there is no obvious exit?” (Washington Post).