On Thursday, Republican Senator Ted Cruz shredded former Obama national security official Ben Rhodes after he claimed that killing Iranian General Qasem Soleimani would lead to the “worst case scenario.”
“Trump may have just started a war with no congressional debate. I really hope the worst case scenario doesn’t happen but everything about this situation suggests serious escalation to come,” Rhodes tweeted.
Shortly after Rhodes’ tweet, Cruz followed up by shredding him for handing Iran almost $2 billion in cash as a part of the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal.
“Perhaps it would have been a better idea to send him $1.7 billion in unmarked bills, in pallets on planes in the dead of night, so he could kill more Americans?” Cruz tweeted.
Check out what the Daily Caller reported:
Rhodes, a top speechwriter and adviser to Obama, was involved in the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which consisted of a number of U.S. concessions in return for the Iranian regime giving up its nuclear capabilities. Critics, however, pointed to mounting evidence that Tehran was repeatedly violating the terms of the agreement. Trump pulled out of the agreement altogether in 2018.
The Pentagon confirmed late Thursday that Soleimani, who is blamed for the deaths of hundreds of Americans, was killed by a drone strike near Bagdad’s airport. The strike came after Iranian-backed protesters stormed the U.S. embassy in Baghdad on Tuesday. Kataeb Hezbollah military leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who was spotted at the embassy protests, was also killed by the U.S. drone strike.
Since the end of the Obama administration, Rhodes has remained a steadfast critic of Trump. He was filmed breaking down on the night of Trump’s upset victory against Hillary Clinton.
Shortly after the attack, President Trump explained his reasoning for targetting and killing Soleiman.
“General Qassem Soleimani has killed or badly wounded thousands of Americans over an extended period of time, and was plotting to kill many more…but got caught!” President Trump said on Friday morning. “He was directly and indirectly responsible for the death of millions of people, including the recent large number of PROTESTERS killed in Iran itself.”
“While Iran will never be able to properly admit it, Soleimani was both hated and feared within the country,” President Trump added. “They are not nearly as saddened as the leaders will let the outside world believe. He should have been taken out many years ago!”
Before he addressed the reasoning for the attack, President Trump taunted Iran, saying, “Iran never won a war, but never lost a negotiation!”
The Pentagon released a statement as well, explaining the reasoning behind the attack.
“General Soleimani was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region,” the Defense Department statement reads. “General Soleimani and his Quds Force were responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American and coalition service members and the wounding of thousands more,” the statement continued. “He had orchestrated attacks on coalition bases in Iraq over the last several months – including the attack on December 27th – culminating in the death and wounding of additional American and Iraqi personnel. General Soleimani also approved the attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad that took place this week.”
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