Moments after President Trump Donald Trump ordered and executed a targeting killing of Iranian state terrorist Qasem Soleimani, House Democrats expressed their anger for what they feel was an unsanctioned political killing of a high-level Iranian government figure.
Democrats asserted that President Trump needed to get their permission before launching any attacks against any Iranian military assets, even the killing of Soleimani, who by their own admission, killed hundreds of U.S. military personnel.
According to Florida Congressman Al Lawson (D), even though the threat didn’t “mean that much to him,” his party’s leadership was still “real serious about” following through with it.
Rep. Lawson told The Floridian that he believed that the decision to limit the president was “because a lot of egos involved, and because “they didn’t get a call,” adding that he had to “tell the truth” about what he believes is behind the reason for Speaker Pelosi wanting to limit the president’s ability to use the military.
“A lot of them got rubbed the wrong way,” said Lawson
Over the weekend, Florida Congresswoman Frederica Wilson (D) continued pushing the talking point that Trump killed Soleimani and imposed new sanctions against the Islamic State of Iran simply for political gain.
“Mr. Trump just imposed additional sanctions on Iran,” said Wilson “He is doing his best to squeeze them into war. He is instigating war because no U.S. president has lost an election during war!”
Rep. Wilson is right, no other U.S. president has lost reelection while the country was at war, including Democrat Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt (WWII) and Lyndon B. Johnson (Vietnam).
Sanctions alone will not cause a war with Iran, all past presidents, including President Barack Obama, have imposed strict sanctions against the Iranians.
According to the archives of the Barack Obama White House, the former president outlined his efforts to levy sanctions against Iran during his 2012 reelection.
“Because of our efforts, Iran is under greater pressure than ever before…Few thought that sanctions could have an immediate bite on the Iranian regime. They have, slowing the Iranian nuclear program and virtually grinding the Iranian economy to a halt in 2011. Many questioned whether we could hold our coalition together as we moved against Iran’s Central Bank and oil exports. But our friends in Europe and Asia and elsewhere are joining us. And in 2012, the Iranian government faces the prospect of even more crippling sanctions.”
President Barack Obama
March 4, 2012
Obama’s sanctions against Iran did not cause a war with Iran.