It is time for Democrats to pick a side: Do they stand with America or with America’s enemies? The Democrats’ media stooges could hardly wait to celebrate the recent attack on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, as if willing to prove President Donald Trump right when he labeled them the “enemy of the people.”
One of the most shameful incidents – indeed, some would call it the most shameful betrayal – in modern American history was the 2012 terrorist attack upon the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens was murdered in that attack and three other Americans died during the 13-hour battle while U.S. military assets – easily close enough to launch a counterattack or rescue mission – were held back. Many would say former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have the blood of those men on their hands but were never held accountable.
To add insult to injury, the Obama administration spent several days spinning the nation a ridiculous story about the attack being nothing more than a spontaneous demonstration that spun out of control. To this day, the leftist media seems to be running cover by claiming that Obama and Clinton really did not know, at the time, that a terror attack was taking place. If true, the sheer level of incompetence displayed should have demanded that both individuals be immediately removed from office.
After the recent assault on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, various media trolls have labeled the incident Trump’s Benghazi. The comparison is both irresponsible and inaccurate. In Baghdad, there were no American casualties and the embassy was not overrun. U.S. troops arrived shortly thereafter to secure the facility. It is entirely fair to speculate that certain Trump-hating so-called journalists would have secretly high-fived one another had the Baghdad embassy attack resulted in multiple American fatalities: It would have allowed them to once and for all bury the betrayal of Benghazi.
Just days after the embassy attack, the president authorized an airstrike that killed one of the most powerful and dangerous members of the Iranian regime. Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force, was killed as he stepped off his plane at Baghdad’s airport. Senior Iranian paramilitary officials there to greet him were also killed.
The Pentagon has since revealed that the U.S. had “actionable intelligence” of Soleimani’s plans to coordinate further attacks against American assets in the region. Therefore, the strike that took him out was entirely justified as a defensive action and a legitimate counterterrorism operation. There is no disputing that Soleimani is responsible for ordering and coordinating attacks by Iranian-backed militias and other terrorist groups that have killed hundreds of American soldiers, yet certain Democrat politicians and several leftist media types appear now to be painting the Iranian terror leader as a victim.
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-MA), and two presidential candidates, Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), have all described the killing of Soleimani as an “assassination.” Meanwhile, several media outlets are accusing President Trump of “escalating” tensions with Iran. This is all the kind of language that one might have expected from the Iranian regime itself.
All this brings us to the question: Where does the left’s true loyalty lie? To what country does the Democratic Party owe its allegiance? This is neither an unfair, unjust, nor irresponsible question to ask. There seem to be only two alternative explanation to the left’s rage at Soleimani’s long-overdue demise: Either Democrats are so twisted by their hatred for Trump that they will go so far as to take the side of one of the most repressive and dangerous regimes on Earth in order to criticize the president, or their true loyalties lie with the enemies of the United States. At this point in time, it is not entirely clear which of these things is true. For the American people, neither should be an acceptable option.
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