SanDiegoLover wrote:GalaxyFlyer wrote:SanDiegoLover wrote:Look, I’m glad Soleimani is dead. What I have an immense issue with however, is the way he was targeted and killed. The US is claiming this is not an act of war, only now, because they have to, America is now setting a precedent that it is ok, and is not an act of war, to specifically target and kill a State Executive, in a non-war zone / peaceful country. Soleimani was essentially the Secretary of Defense for Iran given his purview.
Soleimani Is not and was not some rogue terrorist. He was acting under direct guidance and oversight of Iran’s official government. Any actions he carried out were on behalf of Iran. Any CIC retaliation for real or perceived violence has historically always been directed at or on official government forces. This is far different. I always hated GW Bush and Obama’s unchecked drone attacks, but this has breached a new paradigm in war and conflict.
The US now can have Iran, North Korea, Yemen, Afghanistan, Cuba, whomever that has been dealing with violence, strike and kill The Secretary of Defense or the CIA Director using a drone in some 3rd country....say Mexico or Canada and state it is not an act of war as they had intel that these men/women were an imminent danger to them. Trump just opened the Pandora’s Box of drone warfare. Unfortunately, Americans have the attention span of a Khardashian and will freak out when it happens against the US.
Really? Using that argument soldiers can’t be fired upon and killed. Soleimani is uniform-wearing, gun toting soldier.
Wrong! He was specifically targeted and assassinated. He was under escort of the official government of Iraq, and we killed those Iraqis escorting him as well. What will you say when some “gun toting” American official like Mattis or Petraeus is blown sky high while on a government trip to France or the U.K. and killed by an Iranian or Afghan/Taliban drone strike? You’ll just shrug your shoulders and say, “eliminated fair and square”? Yeah, didn’t think so!
Soldiers get killed, that’s why we wear uniforms—to be acknowledged as combatants. That Soleimani targeted civilians, used terror tactics in Syria and Iraq, killed many Americans by IED means he’s a target. Lots of Arabs , including Iraqis are happy to see Iran punched in the nose, as reported in the link above from The Atlantic.
He directed the killing of an American civilian contractor, incited an attack in the US embassy, what would it take to make him a target? As to a counter terror attack by Iran, the mullahs know for certain the US can out-escalate them 10 times over. As opposed to Obama’s redlines, Trump’s are bright.