President Donald Trump approved a decisive airstrike over the weekend that killed Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani.
Soleimani — who has killed or orchestrated attacks that killed thousands of Americans — was arguably one of the most dangerous men on the planet.
While Democrats have been whining that Trump took out the terrorist commander and did not consult with them, former President Barack Obama’s top official actually agrees with the president.
During an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson doesn’t think the Democrats have much of a case.
Host Chuck Todd asked him a question about how the Trump administration was referring to the dead general.
Todd’s insinuation was that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo referred to Soleimani as a “terrorist” because the “legal distinction” makes it so that he can be taken out without congressional authorization.
Johnson said there wasn’t a distinction.
“If you believe everything our government is saying about Gen. Soleimani, he was a lawful military objective,” he responded.
“The president, under his constitutional authority as commander in chief, had ample domestic legal authority to take him out without additional congressional authorization,” Johnson said. “Whether he was a terrorist or a general in a military force that was engaged in armed attacks against our people, he was a lawful military objective.”
Soleimani and his allies were plotting an immediate attack against the interests of the United States.
This also came after an attack on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad that carried out by an Iranian-backed militia as retribution for an airstrike against another Iranian-backed militia that had killed an American citizen.
In the wake of the strike that Soleimani had “instructed his top ally in Iraq, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, and other powerful militia leaders to step up attacks on U.S. targets in the country using sophisticated new weapons provided by Iran” at a meeting in October, held in the shadow of the U.S. embassy in Baghdad.
As such, the Trump administration chose to take him out before more innocent lives — particularly Americans — could have been harmed.