Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) on Wednesday, Jan. 8, surprsed his colleagues at the Capitol by pointing out that Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani, should have been eliminated many years ago.
This is a cover criticism of President Donald Trump’s predecessors, including Barack Obama.
“The bottom line was this was a bad actor,” Manchin said on Wednesday in an interview with Fox News, referring to the terrorist killed in a bombing ordered by President Trump.
“This person probably should have been, in all purposes, from a war standpoint — how he has raised war against Americans and American troops — taken out in some fashion many, many years ago,” he said.
The surprise of this statement comes from the fact that most of his Democratic colleagues have criticized Soleimani’s assassination, saying that the move could provoke an all-out war with Iran, and some argue that the president ordered the assassination to distract from the impeachment against him.
President Trump ordered Soleimani’s assassination Thursday night in Baghdad, after the Iranian regime provided support to militias that attacked U.S. citizens and facilities in Iraq.
Soleimani was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of U.S. service members and planned to kill more Americans in the Middle East.
The Iranian regime promised to avenge Soleimani’s death and on Wednesday (local time) launched a barrage of missile attacks on two military bases housing U.S. forces in Iraq.
Although the media was quick to report casualties in the attack, President Trump assured that there were no American deaths this time.
“No Americans were harmed in last night’s attack. We suffered no fatalities,” President Trump said Wednesday in his statement to the nation from the White House, surrounded by the military high command.
Similarly, President Trump announced new “powerful” sanctions against Iran until it “changes its behavior” and said he is still evaluating “options” for responding to the attack on U.S. military bases in Iraq.
The U.S. Defense Department said the Iranian general was “actively developing plans to attack U.S. diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region.”
It also accused Soleimani of condoning the attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad last week.
Soleimani, 62, structured the elite Iranian Quds Force, which is linked to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) that is in charge of Iran’s extraterritorial military operations, including expanding Iranian influence in Syria and attacking Israel.