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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Iran's Attacks On US Targets Fail, Pelosi Dependably Blames Trump

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8, 2020
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Iran Attacks U.S. Targets in Iraq, No Casualties Reported

From the story: Ten missiles hit Al-Assad Air Base, one missile hit a military base in Erbil and four missiles failed to hit their targets, according to a U.S. military spokesman for Central Command, responsible for American forces in the Middle East. The attacks unfolded in two waves, each about an hour apart (Fox News).  Later, President Trump tweeted “All is well! Missiles launched from Iran at two military bases located in Iraq. Assessment of casualties & damages taking place now. So far, so good! We have the most powerful and well equipped military anywhere in the world, by far! I will be making a statement tomorrow morning” (Twitter).  One story notes “the attack involved Iran directly launching weapons from inside Iran, explicitly targeting U.S. troops. Though Iran has been no stranger to attacking U.S. targets, typically it has done so through proxy groups, such as Kataib Hezbollah. This has allowed Iran to claim a layer of distance from the actual attacks” (Washington Examiner).  From Noah Rothman: This is retaliatory, asymmetric, and destabilizing. It is a response to Solemani. But it’s also not new. As of late Dec, there had been 11 Iran-linked rocket attacks on US positions in Iraq, including green zone, over 2 months producing American casualties (Twitter).  From Iran foreign minister Javad Zarif: Iran took & concluded proportionate measures in self-defense under Article 51 of UN Charter targeting base from which cowardly armed attack against our citizens & senior officials were launched. We do not seek escalation or war, but will defend ourselves against any aggression (Twitter).  From Michael Medved: The regime in #Iran is despicable and fanatical, of course, but they do control their own decision-making. How could they possibly benefit from choosing to plunge headlong into a major war against the United States–a conflict that could inflict only agony on their people? (Twitter).  From Larry Elder: no, Afghanistan is not “America’s longest war.“ We’ve been at war against Iran for 40 years. It took President Trump to notice (Twitter).
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Following Iran Missile Launch, Nancy Pelosi Criticizes Trump

In a remarkable moment, Nancy Pelosi, the U.S. Speaker of the House, used the attack on U.S. troops as an occasion to rip our Commander-in-Chief.  At the time, there was no word on American casualties (Twitter).  From Joe Biden: I’m going to hold off on commenting on the news tonight until we know more, but there is one thing I will say: Jill and I are keeping our troops and Americans overseas in our prayers. We hope you’ll keep them in yours (Twitter).  Prior to the Iranian response, Biden was demanding Trump explain why he killed a terrorist (NY Post).  From the Wall Street Journal: The Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President wrapped himself tightly in Barack Obama’s Iran policy, called Donald Trump’s strike against Iranian General Qasem Soleimani a “debacle,” and all but declared that Mr. Trump is the greatest single danger to world order. As election bets go, this is a big one (WSJ).  From Edward Chang: Like all of President Trump’s decisions, support or opposition fell along partisan lines. Contrast that with 2011, when Republicans checked their pride to credit President Barack Obama with the decision to kill Osama bin Laden. It appears the days of “rally ‘round the flag” are indeed over, even for “the world’s no. 1 bad guy” (The Federalist). 

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