Trump warned Iran that missile attacks that killed a U.S. contractor would not go unanswered.
After Iranian sympathizers attacked our embassy in Iraq, Trump decided the New Year was the right time to send another message.
Holding Them Responsible
In a not so subtle message, Trump told Iran that it “will be held fully responsible” for these attacks.
Well, now Trump has held them responsible by killing one of Iran’s top general.
In a precision strike, General Qasem Soleimani was taken out.
Soleimani is the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, so it is a strike that will cripple Iran’s military structure.
According to the United States Defense Department, Soleimani was targeted for “actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region.”
Iran has vowed to carry our a “harsh retaliation” for the strike, so this is far from over.
Just how far Iran is willing to go, though, remains to be seen.
After the attack took place. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said a “harsh retaliation is waiting” for the United States.
He revered Soleimani as the “international face of resistance,” and he immediately appointed Major General Esmail Ghaan is the new leader of the Quds Force.
As a result of the attack, oil prices have surged, and they may go higher if Iran decides to strike back at the United States.
Response to the attack was mixed, with Democrats expressing outrage and Trump supporters celebrating the strike.
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) stated, “To the Iranian government: if you want more, you will get more.”
Even John Bolton, Trump’s former National Security Adviser seemed to be behind the strike, stating, “Hope this is the first step to regime change in Iran.”
The Democrat response was significant, which we will cover in full in a follow-up article later today.