by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
The calendar turns and a decade begins, but there is nothing new under the sun in Washington. Even the killing of an Iranian mass murderer is cause for more partisan strife.
In a sane country, which America used to be, there would be shared sober satisfaction over the elimination of Gen. Qassem Soleimani. Yet Democrats apparently outsourced their reactions to robots, whose script called for conceding that the departed was a very bad man, but prohibited approval of President Trump’s decision to take him out.
Instead, the quibblers’ chorus raised questions of timing and expressed fear of escalation and retaliation. In the context of Iran’s military aggression and Soleimani’s bloody hands, there is another word for that fear: appeasement.
Or, as defense specialist Michael Doran wrote in The New York Times, the fear of war “ignores the fact that Mr. Soleimani has been waging war on America and its allies for years.” …
… The notion that Trump was wrong to act, if followed to its logical conclusion, means America should play only a tit-for-tat game with terrorists everywhere and all the time. This is the same screwy thinking that demands Israel hit its enemies only as hard as the enemies hit it.
What is the point of having a superior military force if it can’t be used to defend its homeland and citizens?
The criticism also shows Dems still haven’t figured out Trump. The self-proclaimed king of counterpunching has never been content to trade glancing blows. “If you hit me, I’ll hit back, 10 times harder,” he has said.
Unfortunately, a counsel of timidity is now virtually the only voice heard on the left.