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You didn't know who Qasem Soleimani was? Neither did Trump.

By Curt Anderson
January 9, 2020 3:10 pm
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Trump also didn't know Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, another person Trump ordered killed, when Hugh Hewitt asked about him. See video below.

Four Years Ago, Trump Had No Clue Who Iran’s Suleimani Was. Now He May Have Kicked Off WWIII.
IN SEPTEMBER 2015, then-Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump appeared on the syndicated radio show of conservative media star, Hugh Hewitt, to talk foreign policy.
“Are you familiar with General Suleimani?” Hewitt asked the real estate mogul from Queens.

“Yes,” said Trump, before hesitating. “Go ahead, give me a little … tell me.”

When Hewitt told Trump that Suleimani “runs the Quds Forces,” Trump responded: “I think the Kurds, by the way, have been horribly mistreated by us.”

“No, not the Kurds, the Quds Forces,” Hewitt interjected. “The Iranian Revolutionary Guards, Quds Forces. The bad guys.”

“I thought you said Kurds,” a sheepish Trump replied. --Intercept

Trump is clearly jealous of Obama. Trump hates that Obama gets credit for the demise of Osama bin Laden. Everybody in America knew who Osama bin Laden was and what he did. Trump is trying to outdo Obama by killing lesser characters in the pantheon of middle-eastern enemies. Nobody in America should mourn Iranian General Qasem Soleimani or Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the ISIL leader, but neither man was a household name. Nor will their deaths destroy the organizations they headed.

ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) still has an estimated 4000 fighters, half of whom are believed to be active across Afghanistan, Aljazeera reports. Soleimani has already been replaced. The Iranian military and the Quds Forces didn't disband.
US Today: Americans say Soleimani's killing made US less safe, Trump 'reckless' on Iran
Americans by more than 2-1 said the killing of Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani has made the United States less safe, a nationwide USA TODAY/Ipsos Poll finds, amid broad concerns about the potential consequences ahead.

A majority of those surveyed, by 52%-34%, called President Donald Trump's behavior with Iran "reckless."

Rash actions result in rash reactions.
Is the world safer since Soleimani's death? The families of 176 dead plane passengers would say "no".

Canadian intelligence has established that the Ukrainian passenger plane that crashed near Tehran was "shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile," Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Thursday, adding "this may well have been unintentional."

It's a near certainty that the Iranians are to blame for the Ukrainian airliner deaths. It's also fair to conclude that the unintentional downing on the Ukrainian plane is a direct consequence of Trump's order to kill Soleimani. .

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