The year has certainly started like a lion

The above is an update with the President’s statement – “I am ready and prepared to take whatever action is necessary” – plus the following:

_______________ Below is the original post
After today, my impression is that the Americans know, and always have known, who their most dangerous enemies are and where to find them. Now their enemies know that as well. The rest below is from Instapundit.

“BOMB-O-GRAM FOR GENERAL SOLEIMANI!” Iraqi TV: Iranian military commander General Soleimani killed in Baghdad strike. “Gen. Qassim Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, was killed in an airstrike at Baghdad’s international airport Friday, Iraqi television and three Iraqi officials said. The strike also killed Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy commander of Iran-backed militias known as the Popular Mobilization Forces, or PMF, the officials said.”

Weird, just after the Iranians attacked our embassy, the senior guys behind it get personally whacked by an “airstrike” of unexplained origin. Whatever could have happened?

UPDATE: Oh, this is sweet. Pointed out in the comments, Khamenei to Trump: “You can’t do anything.” Oh?

ANOTHER UPDATE: Trump Authorized Strike That Killed Iran’s Soleimani: Pentagon. Iraqi paramilitary commander also dead in attack on Baghdad airport road; group accuses U.S.

Good riddance to bad rubbish. I’ll bet Trump has the next step gamed out, too. The Iranians still seem to think they’re dealing with Obama, or post-2005 G.W. Bush.

MORE: Oops! Trump undermines another journalistic prediction.

STILL MORE: Nice to have a president who isn’t too fearful to strike:

I’ve wondered here before why the Bush Administration was so wimpy with regard to Iran starting in 2005. (It was easier — *cough* Valerie Jarrett *cough* — to see why the Obama Administration was). But it’s good that Trump isn’t.

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39 Responses to The year has certainly started like a lion

  1. I was joking with friends regarding “he will be treated like that other great religious scholar, al Baghdadi”.

    Unfortunately in current year, we can make jokes and they come true.

  2. Ubique

    The Australian doesn’t know whether it’s Arthur or Martha nowadays. Amidst speculation about the missile that despatched the not good General, I offered the comment: “Don’t jump to conclusions. Global warming may have caused spontaneous combustion.” Scored a reject. And here was I thinking that it’s supposed to be woke to blame any event on climate change or AGW.

  3. jupes

    This is just gold:

    Khamenei – first move: bomb US bases in Iraq and kill a US contractor.

    Trump – first move: bomb Iranian bases in Iraq and kill 25 jihadis.

    Khamenei – second move: fire bomb the US embassy.

    Trump – second move: reinforce US embassy with hard hitting marines.

    Trump commentary: “You are going to regret this”.

    Khamenei commentary: “You’ve got nothing”.

    Woops!

    Trump – third move: whacks the Iranian military leader and 2ic of Iranian militia.

    Your move Khamenei …

  4. Ubique

    Good coverage of President Trump’s retaliation for the Iranian-led attack on the US Embassy in Baghdad here at American Thinker.

  5. jupes

    This is just gold:

    Khamenei – first move: bomb US bases in Iraq and kill a US contractor.

    Trump – first move: bomb Iranian bases in Iraq and kill 25 j*h*dis.

    Khamenei – second move: fire bomb the US embassy.

    Trump – second move: reinforce US embassy with hard hitting marines.

    Trump commentary: “You are going to regret this”.

    Khamenei commentary: “You’ve got nothing”.

    Woops!

    Trump – third move: whacks the Iranian military leader and 2ic of Iranian militia.

    Your move Khamenei …

  6. pbw

    What are the odds on Trump for 2020?

    I suppose it depends how messy things get.

    How cocky was Suleimani? He is in Baghdad to organise the attack on the consulate, which is US territory, btw. Hangs around to assess the response, then takes a leisurely drive down to the airport to fly home.

  7. jupes

    How cocky was Suleimani?

    He’d been getting away with that sort of shit for a decade or so.

    Lulled into a false sense of security.

  8. slackster

    John Kerry and others will be sweating right about now

  9. Ubique

    The Dems, the EU, ISIS, Communist China, the Norks, BBC, CNN, ABC and the ALP are not the only ones to underestimate President Donald Trump. It’s a mistake than can prove fatal.

  10. Luke

    “How cocky was Suleimani? He is in Baghdad to organise the attack on the consulate, which is US territory, btw. Hangs around to assess the response, then takes a leisurely drive down to the airport to fly home.”

    This is what gets me about lefties and the media. They all completely ignore that an Iranian General was in Iraq! Free to operate as he pleased, so it seemed. And apparently none of them have heard the “Death to America” chants from Iranian officials for the last 40 years.
    A few months ago they were all hawks over Syria and calling Trump dangerous. Now they are doves over Iran and ….calling Trump dangerous.

  11. Cui Bono

    Growing list of those who would like to see DJT dead and much of the US media will claim ‘he deserves it’.

  12. When Trump said the media was the enemy of the people, he wasn’t wrong.

  13. Bruce of Newcastle

    Trump really did time this well. Not only a surgical strike which got the two of them at once, but only a few weeks after the Hezbie guy had his kiddies shoot hundreds of protesting Iraqis.

    And only a few weeks too since the IRGC did the same to over a thousand fuel price protesters in Iran itself.

    So very tough for Khamenei to whip up outrage in the streets over Soleimani’s explosive New Year’s present.

    And by popping both while they were together it proves that Iran has been overseeing all these plausibly deniable proxies.

    Pretty good 5D chess for a guy with a weight problem.

  14. duncanm

    Pretty spectacular.

    Imagine if Churchill had the same tech at his disposal.

  15. Shy Ted

    Could have given him a Tesla and just waited.

  16. lotocoti

    Other WaPo headline:
    Fighter Attack Kills Japan’s Revered Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto.
    Action Risks Further Escalation In Pacific War.

  17. Judge Dredd

    Does this work in America’s favour, or is it a strategic error?

    Also, does this work in Trump’s favour or not?

    I think not. One of Trump’s major election pillars was getting America out of foreign wars, and this action seems straight from the warhawk neo-con playbook. “But, but, 600 dead US soldiers!”. Well this is only going to solidify more hatred from Iran, which has a higher chance of more dead soldiers. Further, if the neo-cons could convince Trump on this action, they are likely to now double-down on further action.

    Strategically for the US it seems also ill -advised given the Russia-China-Iran alliance strengthening which could embolden Iran (in the future) to retaliate. Not only that it seems the bitter enemies of Iraq and Iran have now joined together to condemn this action.

    On face value this looks stupid.

  18. Note how the ever effective UN is accusing Trump of breaking international law:

    Agnes Callamard, the U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial killing, said on Thursday night that the U.S. drone strike that killed Iranian terrorist mastermind Gen. Qasem Soleimani was a violation of international law.

    To be justified under international human rights law, intentionally lethal or potentially lethal force can only be used where strictly necessary to protect against an imminent threat to life.

    Trump should end all funding to the UN. The UN is nothing more than a protector and mouthpiece for terrorists, human traffickers, murderers, rapists etc.

  19. AndreS

    The killing of Soleimani could trigger (but not the primary cause of) a regional war or expose Iran bluster. I am betting its bluster, unless they are utter fools-not withstanding a symbolic and inconsequential response to save face.

  20. Jef

    Trump sent them missiles. The good-for-nothing empty vessel Obama sent Iran pallets of cash to the tune of 1.5 Billion in Swiss and US currencies in the stealth of night. How good is that ? Really, Obama should be trialed for treason !And yet he is still enjoying leftwing love praises .

  21. Obama sent Iran pallets of cash to the tune of 1.5 Billion in Swiss and US currencies in the stealth of night.

    This is the sort of action that the UN condones. Their motto is ‘Send Money’.

  22. Zatara

    It seems the MSM, and therefore the lemmings that follow their lead, aren’t the least bit interested in what the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards special forces branch was doing in Baghdad. A man some say was the second most powerful person in Iran.

    Possibly because it would mean they would have to discuss what appears to have been a coup attempt by the Iranians against the Iraqi govt.

  23. Elderly White Man From Skipton

    “Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.” – Sun Tzu

  24. Nob

    BBC is telling me Trump has started a war with Iran.

    Clips of people saying how scary it is.

  25. zyconoclast

    Judge Dredd
    #3280459, posted on January 4, 2020 at 8:45 am
    Does this work in America’s favour, or is it a strategic error?

    Also, does this work in Trump’s favour or not?

    I think not. One of Trump’s major election pillars was getting America out of foreign wars, and this action seems straight from the warhawk neo-con playbook. “But, but, 600 dead US soldiers!”. Well this is only going to solidify more hatred from Iran, which has a higher chance of more dead soldiers. Further, if the neo-cons could convince Trump on this action, they are likely to now double-down on further action.

    Strategically for the US it seems also ill -advised given the Russia-China-Iran alliance strengthening which could embolden Iran (in the future) to retaliate. Not only that it seems the bitter enemies of Iraq and Iran have now joined together to condemn this action.

    On face value this looks stupid.

    👍100

    Straight out of the warmongers play book.

  26. Zatara

    “Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.”
    ― Sun Tzu

  27. Cui Bono

    Just maybe there was always going to be war. DJT happened to land a devastating blow.

  28. Jock

    I know looks are not everything, but this guy looks like an evil sod who enjoyed the carnage.

  29. Professor Fred Lenin

    They know who they are , they knowwhere they are , they know where they will be at any moment and they have the weapons to destroy them . Take out one or two a week ,keep chopping the head off the terrorist beast ,knock off a few ayatollahs and republican guard generals ,keep them in a state of constant disarray and fear ,never let them get balanced for attacks . They must keep their ordnance somewhere , destroy it and those with it,find out when they have meetings and rocket them . They can be destroyed with persistance and courage. When the left msm protest expose them as terrorist lovers like Corbyn (that did him a lot of good and his enablers too . )?We are in a war ,get fair dinkum never mind the rules , they dont ,annihillation is a winner , they never come back .

  30. Phill

    Judge Dredd, Zyconaclast, many things look stupid at first glance, but think it through.
    Soleimani was a well regarded, experienced general. He was working very effectively to advance the interests of the Ayatollahs by planning and orchestrating proxy wars, and by arranging the suppression of any dissent, both in Iran and in Iraq. He was good at it. He killed many more than the 600 US soldiers you scoff at.
    He has now been removed, along with other senior shit-stirring militia leaders. Good.
    His next target was a coup in Iraq, intended to leave that country as a vassal to Iran. He was making good progress, with the attack on the US embassy that he had planned. Trump slammed the door on him.
    Strategically, it is now undeniable that the Ayatollahs are behind so much of the mayhem that has plagued the middle east as they pursue the goal of completing a Shiite crescent ruling much of the middle east (Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon at least). Soleimani was probably a good enough general to get that done.
    Now, they have no-one to plan or lead, at least not of that calibre.
    Check back in a year. I think there is a good chance that Iran will toss out the Ayatollahs, and become something like a democracy. The people of Iran are likely to have the support of the US, UK, Germany and France in throwing off their current theocratic yoke.
    For the expense of a few missiles from a MQ-9 drone, I would call that pretty good strategic value. Beats the hell out of sending them pallets of cash.

  31. Muddy

    Nob
    #3280699, posted on January 4, 2020 at 12:54 pm

    BBC is telling me Trump has started a war with Iran.

    Iran openly declared war on the U.S. and Israel decades ago, and periodically publicly confirms that declaration, both verbally, and in terms of military activity, either covert or overt (the latter mostly restricted to threatening acts, such as intimidating Allied or other naval assets in the near region). There has been supported intelligence for many years, that Iran has been seeking to damage U.S. interests and personnel, mostly indirectly via proxies.

    For anyone to claim that it is President Trump who is intentionally provoking Iran and ‘risking war’ is delusional, to put it politely. You cannot ‘risk provoking a state of war’ that already exists. Certainly, the present level and type of conflict, can escalate, however to believe that all the Iranians want is to be left alone to rake the sand in their gardens of contemplation, is a cognitive denial of reality that suggests a permanent altered state of consciousness.

  32. jupes

    On face value this looks stupid.

    No. You look stupid you prize twit.

  33. JohnJJJ

    Excellent. Trump’s unpredictability and surgical resources are the answer to the boys in the qabaa and slippers.
    Moshe Dayan, “Israel must be a like a mad dog, too dangerous to bother.”

  34. Bear Necessities

    Is there a Hitler parody up yet?

    Plenty of material to work with.

  35. Squirrel

    Interestingly (and this may be an example of the occasional exception which proves the rule) last night’s ABC coverage of this strike acknowledged that some within Iran cheered it, in the hope that it might contribute to the downfall of the regime.

    By comparison, coverage on the American-owned Australian network was entirely critical – war will ensue, and, even worse, petrol prices for punters might spike!

  36. Bruce of Newcastle

    Trump is of course a well-known Sun Tzu fan.

    Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump
    “The Supreme Art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.” — Sun Tzu
    8:04 AM – 17 Jul 2012

    Linky

  37. Judge Dredd

    It looks like I have to eat my words as I’ve heard Trump is pulling troops out of Iraq, effectively ending their occupation. This could have been part of his strategy all along. If true this has turned into a pretty good strategy.

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