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Last week, Democrats pointed to the huge crowds attending the Soleimani as proof that Iranians loved the mullahs. Since then, that narrative hasn’t just collapsed. It’s been shattered into tiny bits. This article highlights how repressive regimes control the media to the point of turning them into propaganda factories.

The article starts by saying “At least two Iranian journalists at a state-owned media outlet reportedly resigned from their jobs, and another left a while back, apologizing for ‘the 13 years I told you lies‘ to her supporters as Tehran grapples with the fallout from protests stemming from a cover-up of its accidental downing of a Ukrainian airliner.”

The article continues:

Gelare Jabbari posted an apology on an Instagram that appears to have been deleted. “It was very hard for me to believe that our people have been killed,” the post read, according to The Guardian. “Forgive me that I got to know this late. And forgive me for the 13 years I told you lies.”

Nazee Moinian joined in with the chorus:

“The Iranian protesters have had enough of this. They don’t want less. They don’t want more. They want out,” Moinian said. “They don’t want this regime to represent them. Actually, this regime doesn’t represent the people.

Last week, Democrats blamed President Trump for bringing down the Ukrainian jetliner:

Tulsi Gabbard is supposedly one of the sensible presidential candidates on the Democrats’ side. The above video disproves that foolishness. This foolishness isn’t just confined to the Democrats’ presidential candidates. It’s found in the Democrats serving on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, aka HPSCI. Jackie Speier is a member of that committee. Here’s what she told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer:

President Trump’s “provocative actions”? What the hell is she talking about? President Trump gave the order to kill the nastiest terrorist in the world. When the time was right, that order was fulfilled. The day that killing the world’s nastiest terrorist is considered a provocative action is a frightening day. That’s the day that Democrats will have shown that they’re utterly spineless.

There is a possibility that Iran will attack the US for killing Gen. Soleimani. It isn’t likely but it’s possible. Democrats apparently make military decisions based on what longshot possibilities might happen. They act like the US military isn’t the best in the world. Democrats apparently think that diplomacy that isn’t backed up by the legitimate possibility of military retribution is the right path to peace and harmony in the Middle East. We know that because that’s the path they’ve taken in the recent past.

Like most Americans, I don’t want the US military tied up in endless wars. That doesn’t mean, though, that I want the bad actors in the world to think that we’re a nation of pacifists, either. Coupling a devastating set of sanctions that’s brought Iran’s terrorist activities to a halt with a well-timed military strike against a man that Iran thought was untouchable has Iran on the brink of a tipping point. The previous administration never got close to this point with Iran.

When it comes to dovish presidential candidates, this year’s Democrats look more like 1972 than any other bunch of dovish Democrats. Kim Strassel’s article highlights just how leftist this year’s Democrat frontrunners are. Let’s start with Bernie Sanders’ dovishness.

Strassel writes “Voters now know that a President Bernie Sanders would not take action against Iran or other rogue regimes, no matter how many red lines they cross. Mr. Sanders will take no step that might bring us anywhere closer to ‘another disastrous war’ or cost ‘more dollars and more deaths.'” Honestly, I’m not certain Bernie would have any red lines. Thankfully, we won’t have to worry about that since he doesn’t stand a chance of winning the general election. That being said, he’s got a decent shot at winning the Democrats’ presidential nomination.

Then there’s Elizabeth Warren:

A President Elizabeth Warren would similarly offer a pass to leaders of U.S.-designated terrorist groups, at least if they have an official title. The Trump strike, she said, amounted to the “assassination” of “a government official, a high-ranking military official.”

Richard Nixon was right when he said that “the world is a terrible neighborhood to live in.” Anyone that thinks that these Democrats are prepared to be commander-in-chief is kidding themselves. People this dovish aren’t prepared for the harsh responsibilities of making difficult decisions on a moment’s notice. This interview is proof that Elizabeth Warren isn’t bright enough to be commander-in-chief:

Anyone that thinks that the US isn’t safer as a result of killing Maj. Gen. Soleimani doesn’t pass the commander-in-chief test. Sen. Warren thinks we aren’t safer now than we were 3 years ago. Right after 9/11, we were told that killing terrorists created more terrorists. After the US took out the Taliban and things settled down a little bit, we were told that the Arab street respected “the strong horse.” It’s time to stop thinking that these Democrats have a clue about national security/terrorism. They don’t. They’re idiots. The guy in the White House is the only person currently running that I’d trust with these matters. Trusting Bernie, Biden, Buttigieg or Warren with national security, terrorism or foreign policy is foolish.

John Kerry’s op-ed might get mistaken as the rantings of a lunatic. It wouldn’t get mistaken as the craftsmanship of a highly respected former US Secretary of State. Then again, Secretary Kerry wasn’t a highly respected secretary of state at any point in his life.

Secretary Kerry’s op-ed starts with “President Trump says that on his watch, Iran will never be allowed to have a nuclear weapon. But if he had wanted to keep that promise, he should have left the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement in place. Instead, he pulled the United States out of the deal and pursued a reckless foreign policy that has put us on a path to armed conflict with Iran.”

The JCPOA, which stands for Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action, never would’ve prevented Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. The best possible outcome was to delay Iran’s legal acquisition of a nuclear weapon. What’s worse is that Secretary Kerry agreed to sanctions relief for the Iranian theocracy without them even signing the JCPOA. That’s a fact because Iran still hasn’t signed the document.

Another fatal flaw of the negotiations is that it was such a worthless agreement that President Obama refused to submit it as a treaty. Some of President Obama’s staunchest supporters in the Senate refused to approve the deal.

Further, Kerry lied when he said that President Trump “pursued a reckless foreign policy that has put us on a path to armed conflict with Iran.” Killing Gen. Soleimani took the US off a path to war with Iran. Iran has been making one provocative action after another to provoke the US into war. President Trump hasn’t taken Iran’s bait.

This moment was nothing if not foreseeable the moment Mr. Trump abandoned the 2015 agreement, which was working, and chose instead to isolate us from our allies, narrow our options in the region and slam shut the door to tackling additional issues with Iran through constructive diplomacy.

By putting new, tough, sanctions in place against the theocracy, President Trump is drying up the funds Iran has traditionally used to fund its proxies like Hamas in Gaza, Hezbollah in Lebanon and the Houthis in Yemen. The predictable thing is Kerry lying about the JCPOA. It’s one of the worst agreements in US diplomatic history. Here’s where Kerry gives it away that the JCPOA is worthless:

Diplomacy had achieved what sanctions alone had not: Iran couldn’t have a nuclear weapon during the life span of the agreement; and if it cheated, the world was resolved to stop it.

Then there’s this:

In 2013, I sat down with Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister, for the first meeting between our countries’ top diplomats since the 1979 revolution and hostage crisis. Iran at the time had enough enriched material for eight to 10 nuclear bombs and was two to three months from being able to build one.

In other words, Kerry negotiated a deal that gave Iran immediate sanctions relief, pallets that contained $1.7 billion in cash and time to build, then test, nuclear weapons and the delivery systems to use them. Other than that, Iran was neutralized.

What did we turn over to President-elect Trump in 2017? Iran was in compliance with the nuclear agreement. Our allies were united with the United States.

What Mr. Kerry omits is that Iran had sanctions relief that poured $150,000,000,000 (that’s $150 billion> dollars) into revitalizing Iran’s terrorist proxies around the region and around the globe. Thinking that nuclear weapons is all that Iran is interested in is foolish.

That’s what a fool looks like.

In a speech on the Senate floor, Sen. Mitch McConnell highlighted the Democrats’ hatred for President Trump while highlighting the Democrats’ limited patriotism for this nation. Sen. McConnell exposed them when he said “The Senate is supposed to be the chamber where overheated partisan passions give way to sober judgment. Can we not at least wait until we know the facts? Can we not maintain a shred, just a shred, of national unity for five minutes before deepening the partisan trenches?” Additionally, Sen. McConnell asked “Must Democrats’ distaste for this president dominate every thought they express and every decision they make? Is that really the seriousness that this situation deserves?”

When statesmen/patriots like Hubert Humphrey and Daniel Patrick Moynihan roamed the Senate, patriotism was in overabundance. Now that partisans like Harry Reid and Chuck Schumer lead the Democrats, patriotism is essentially missing from the Senate. Since President Trump ordered the airstrike on Soleimani, Democrats have questioned whether we’re safer now than before the airstrike.

If Democrats are serious in asking that question, then Democrats should never get their hands on the levers of power. The answer to the Democrats’ foolish question is this: yes, we’re infinitely better off today than we were a week ago. Soleimani wasn’t just some rank-and-file general. Soleimani was Iran’s guy that established Iran’s proxies that spread Iran’s reach far beyond Iran’s borders. Soleimani was Iran’s guy who put in place the training for the Houthis, Hezbollah, Hamas and other proxies.

Put into a sports analogy, taking Soleimani out is like taking Tom Brady in his prime off the field. This wasn’t like losing the backup offensive lineman on the Cincinnati Bengals. As for whether Iran retaliates, that’s likely but that shouldn’t have stopped the military from taking him out. The Department of Homeland Security should (and likely is) beefing up our defenses against cyberattacks. The Department of Defense is already shipping in reinforcements for our military bases around the world. The State Department is likely hiring additional FSOs (Foreign Security Officers) to protect our diplomats. (Unlike the Obama administration, the Trump administration puts a high priority on protecting diplomats.)

“My Democratic colleagues should not plow away at American unity in some bizarre, intramural competition to see who dislikes the president more,” he said. “They should not disdain our Constitution by rushing through a purely partisan impeachment process and then toying around with it. Governing is serious business.”

Thus far, I haven’t seen anything that would indicate that Democrats are serious about governing according to the will of the people. Unfortunately, I’ve seen tons of proof that Democrats are willing to govern according to their far-left ideology.

Bit-by-bit, the wheels are falling off of Elizabeth Warren’s campaign. This morning on CNN’s State of the Union, Sen. Warren said some outrageous things. One of the outrageous things that Sen. Warren said was “Next week, the president of the United States could be facing an impeachment trial in the Senate. We know he’s deeply upset about that. And I think people are reasonably asking, why this moment? Why does he pick now to take this highly inflammatory, highly dangerous action that moves us closer to war?”

Democrats keep insinuating that this impeachment is a) legitimate and b) something for President Trump to worry about. It isn’t legitimate. That’s why Speaker Pelosi isn’t transmitting it to the Senate. Pelosi knows that the House’s impeachment case has more holes in it than Swiss Cheese. The Democrats’ only testimony is hearsay testimony. Why would President Trump worry about a case that would’ve gotten thrown out of court.

She’s playing fast and loose with words, which is Sen. Warren’s habit. Soleimani wasn’t just a government official. In 2007, the Bush administration labeled him and the Quds Force terrorists. Then there’s this:

The U.S. and the United Nations put Soleimani on sanctions lists in 2007, though his travels continued. In 2011, U.S. officials also named him as a defendant in an outlandish Quds Force plot to allegedly hire a purported Mexican drug cartel assassin to kill a Saudi diplomat.

This wasn’t just a high-ranking government official and Warren knows it. Further, when Sen. Warren told Jake Tapper that we’re closer to war than before hitting Soleimani, she’s exposing her dishonesty. Iran has been at war with the US since 1979. Democrats have pretended that isn’t the case but that’s because their appeasement-first policy is deeply embedded in their DNA.

When Iranians took the hostages in the US Embassy in Teheran, Jimmy Carter didn’t threaten Grand Ayatollah Khomeini. Instead, President Carter called him “a great man of religion.” The 52 US hostages weren’t released until President Reagan was sworn in. Apparently, Iran wasn’t worried about Jimmy Carter’s feeble policies. Five minutes after Reagan was officially sworn in, the plane carrying those US hostages left Iranian airspace. Apparently, Iran was frightened by President Regan’s peace-through-strength policies.

With Iran’s economy contracting, Iranian citizens revolting and President Trump threatening Iran with retribution if they strike again, Iran is in a pickle. The thing that we’ve learned in dealing with terrorists, it’s that the Arab Street sides with the strong horse. Until Thursday night, the strong horse was Soleimani. By Friday afternoon, the strong horse was President Trump and the US military.

The Democrats’ sky-is-falling fear of the Iranians isn’t leadership. It’s cowardice. That doesn’t mean I want to push war. It simply means we shouldn’t operate from a position of fear with regard to Iran. Taking out Soleimani wasn’t just taking out a government official. It was eliminating the most indispensable man in the Iranian regime, the man who terrorized an entire region while threatening our allies.

This about this: 40% of the world’s oil gets shipped through the Straits of Hormuz. It’s great that we aren’t reliant on that oil anymore. Still, the world economy still relies on those shipments. What happens if Iran blockades oil shipments through the Straits? What’s the likelihood of that blockade crashing the world economy?

It was past time to take out this terrorist. Good riddance.

I’ve spent much of today listening to Democrats talking about the inevitability of Iran striking back as retaliation for the Trump-ordered airstrike against Gen. Soleimani. Tonight, President Trump decided that flipping the script on one of Iran’s proxies was in order. First reports are that “Iraqi official claims 5 Iranian-backed militia members killed in airstrike north of Baghdad. An airstrike Friday hit two cars carrying members of an Iran-backed militia north of Iraq’s capital, Baghdad, killing five members, an Iraqi official told The Associated Press. The official added that the identities of those killed were not immediately known. It was not immediately clear who launched the strike.”

This article has different information. It said “A fresh airstrike, targeting high-profile members of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), an umbrella group of Iran-backed militias, has been reported. The PMF members were travelling in a three-car convoy north of Baghdad, when the strike occurred, killing six persons, multiple reports said. Three other persons were critically injured. No one has claimed responsibility for the strike.”

There isn’t much doubt who carried out this attack. There’s only one nation with the capability and motivation to carry out an attack like this. When the US designated Iran’s Quds Force as a terrorist group, they also put Iran on notice that killing a US soldier was the Trump administration’s red line. Further, President Trump has demonstrated that he isn’t like President Obama when it comes to suffering terrorists lightly when they cross his red lines.

To paraphrase the late Charles Krauthammer, “it isn’t that there’s a new sheriff in town. It’s that, after 8 years, there’s finally a sheriff in town.” Everyone who studied President Obama knew that his default position was to do nothing. The Democrats’ spin was to call it “strategic patience.” It’s time to tell these pacifists to take a hike. That’s what Pete Hegseth did during this segment of The Five:

Marie Harf is essentially the female version of Baghdad Bob. Pete Hegseth had enough of Harf’s questioning. The tipping point was when she questioned Hegseth about the possibility of escalation. At that point, Hegseth had enough and replied that Iran has been escalating tensions for months. Then he asked her if President Trump should just let Soleimani kill American soldiers and diplomats. Hegseth questioned why a US president would let something like that happen when he had the actionable intelligence that would prevent the killing of diplomats and soldiers. Harf, of course, didn’t have an answer for that question.

Hegseth put the Democrats’ appeaser on her heels just like President Trump is putting Iran’s Quds Force on their collective heels. Wise generals pick their battles. Harf is neither smart nor a general. She’s just a former mouthpiece for a failed presidential administration.

Either Speaker Pelosi is taking lessons from Sen. Chris Murphy or Sen. Murphy is taking lessons from Speaker Pelosi. Whichever direction it’s coming from, it’s clear that both Democrats are both talking out both sides of their mouth. Earlier this week, Sen. Murphy accused President Trump of making the US “impotent” throughout the Middle East. Thursday night, Sen. Murphy accused President Trump of “knowingly setting off a potential massive regional war.”

At least, it took Sen. Murphy a couple of days to talk out of both sides of his mouth. It didn’t take Speaker Pelosi a full paragraph to talk out of both sides of her mouth in this statement:

American leaders’ highest priority is to protect American lives and interests. But we cannot put the lives of American servicemembers, diplomats and others further at risk by engaging in provocative and disproportionate actions.

Got that? President Trump’s “highest priority is to protect American lives and interests” without “engaging in provocative and disproportionate actions.” Speaker Pelosi doesn’t explain how to do that. She’s just certain that President Trump failed.

What’s disproportionate about killing a terrorist who is organizing terrorist attacks against US diplomats and military personnel? Should President Trump have done nothing to prevent these terrorist attacks? That’s what President Obama would’ve done so that isn’t the right path.

Tonight’s airstrike risks provoking further dangerous escalation of violence. America – and the world – cannot afford to have tensions escalate to the point of no return.

Apparently, Speaker Pelosi prefers talking tough while doing nothing. That’s what’s known as a doctrine of appeasement. That’s what Jimmy Carter tried in 1979. That resulted in 52 US hostages being held in the US Embassy in Teheran for 444 days. Five minutes after President Reagan was sworn in as the 40th president of the United States, the plane carrying those hostages cleared Iranian air space.

Jimmy Carter, like Pelosi and Obama, are Democrats who believe in appeasement. President Trump isn’t a Democrat. He doesn’t believe in appeasement.

Is retaliation likely? That’s definitely possible. Is there a better option than the option used Thursday night? That’s a matter of opinion.

Gen. Qassim Soleimani, the leader of Iran’s Quds Force, was killed tonight by a US airstrike “at Baghdad’s international airport Friday.” This went official when “Iranian state television and three Iraqi officials” confirmed Soleimani’s death.

The Pentagon said Thursday that the U.S. military has killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, at the direction of President Donald Trump.

An airstrike killed Soleimani, architect of Iran’s regional security apparatus, at Baghdad’s international airport Friday, Iranian state television and three Iraqi officials said, an attack that’s expected to draw severe Iranian retaliation against Israel and American interests.

The Defense Department said Soleimani “was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region.” It also accused Soleimani of approving the attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad earlier this week.

Predictably, partisanship is running rampant after the airstrike. In fact, Democrat partisanship was running rampant after this week’s attack on the US Embassy in Iraq. Here’s what Sen. Chris Murphy, (D-CT), tweeted after the attack on the Embassy:


Tonight, Sen. Murphy, apparently tired of talking out of one side of his mouth earlier this week, talked out of the other side of his mouth tonight while criticizing President Trump for killing Gen. Soleimani:


In other words, in Sen. Murphy’s perspective, President Trump was impotent earlier this week and a full-fledged war-monger tonight. The Defense Department issued this statement after the airstrike:

At the direction of the President, the U.S. military has taken decisive defensive action to protect U.S. personnel abroad by killing Qassim Soleimani, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization.

General Soleimani was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region. 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. 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.

This strike was aimed at deterring future Iranian attack plans. The United States will continue to take all necessary action to protect our people and our interests wherever they are around the world.

The Commander-in-Chief doesn’t need congressional authorization to protect diplomats or soldiers. President Trump did the right thing in ordering this airstrike.

You can’t make this stuff up. Just when you thought that Minnesota’s Department of Human Services couldn’t get more corrupt, more proof surfaces proving that it’s totally corrupted. It’s worth noting that the DFL was in charge the vast majority of the time that DHS was corrupted.

Let’s start with the fact that there are 3 new scandals that DHS has to deal with.

Just recently we learned of three new financial management errors at the department. Counties and tribes will have to foot the bill for these mistakes, to the tune of more than $20 million. We also learned that DHS and other state agencies routinely violated state contract and spending laws, with more than 1,800 violations in the last year alone.

Sen. Michelle Benson had this to say about the situation:

I am cautiously optimistic that the new commissioner, Jodi Harpstead, is sincerely interested in fixing the problems at the department. She has made a habit of personally calling to let me know of new problems before they have become public. This is a welcome change of pace from the last few years. However, I will continue to judge her by her actions rather than her words, and if we don’t see adequate progress we will hold her accountable.

I do, however, expect far more from Gov. Walz. He doesn’t seem remotely interested in the problems happening on his watch and he has not been willing to engage with legislative leaders. If he doesn’t get in the game soon, we are going to have big problems. He can’t ignore this.

Gov. Walz has paid attention to the insulin crisis, though that’s largely been fixed. Gov. Walz hasn’t paid much attention to the DHS problem because that ‘just’ involves mismanaging millions of taxpayers’ dollars. Then there’s this from Rep. Mary Franson:

Carolyn Ham, the former Inspector General, is still on paid leave from DHS. She repeatedly showed poor judgement in addressing fraud in the Child Care Assistance Program. Based on emails obtained through a data request, it appears she had more interest in managing the political ramifications of the fraud than investigating the fraud itself.

Ham also continued working with the Minnesota Minority Child Care Association (MMCCA), even though the President of MMCCA was sanctioned by DHS for fraud. She tried to throw off reporters looking into her relationship with the MMCCA president, saying she “didn’t recall” meeting with him, even though he claimed they met three times.

Rather than Carolyn Ham updating the Legislature on fraud investigations, she instead went to MMCCA and another activist association to solicit input on the fraud situation and discuss “consequences for political agendas.” Then, when a story about $100 million in Child Care Assistance fraud was about to break, Ham wanted to give MMCCA a “heads up.”

Wow! That’s bigtime corruption on steroids. Unfortunately, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Here’s more:

Included in the documents I received from DHS, I also learned that a Deputy Inspector was told during a meeting with child care providers that “it is well known that providers give kickbacks to mothers for bringing their children and supplied fake paychecks.” Meanwhile, our investigators are being treated like criminals while DHS is completely aware that corruption is present in the CCAP program.

What isn’t disputed is that he DFL is in charge of DHS. The DHS is part of the executive branch, which is the governor’s responsibility. We’ve had DFL control of DHS for a decade. Finally, there’s this frightening report:

In one email, an employee debated issuing a check to a child care center for $24,000, rather than the usual electronic payment. The reason for the change? Their initial payment was rejected due to the account being frozen – because the center’s owner is associated with a Taliban official.

How do you ask that question after seeing the account is frozen? This isn’t just a meaningless detail. It’s a major red flag and the DFL missed it entirely. That type of incompetence can’t be tolerated.

While appearing on Tucker Carlson’s show last night, Piers Morgan criticized the Americans who booed President Trump at the Washington Nationals-Houston Astros World Series game. Particularly of note was his memory of the night that Osama bin Laden was assassinated by US Special Forces in a compound in Pakistan”

“My mind went back to when Usama bin Laden was killed,” he said. “I was in New York City that night. There was widespread jubilation throughout New York, throughout Washington, throughout America. This was a unified response from a country jubilant at seeing the end of the grisly demise of the leader of Al Qaeda.” All of America rejoiced because bin Laden masterminded the killing of over 3,000 Americans on 9/11. Bin Laden’s death was an American victory. Republicans didn’t hesitate in rejoicing because bin Laden’s demise was good for America.

By comparison, Morgan highlighted the Nationals’ fans booing President Trump when it was announce he and the First Lady were attending the game. Some fans even chanted “lock him up.” For Washingtonians, it was just another moment to express their hatred for President Trump. A significant portion of the people attending the game were card-carrying members of the Washington Swamp. How appropriate that they reacted like you’d expect the Swamp to react.

It’s worth noting that today’s leftists aren’t liberals. They’re hardline progressives. There’s a big difference. Liberals have a libertarian streak that’s quite noticeable. For the most part, old-fashioned liberals like Hubert Humphrey, Pat Moynihan and Paul Wellstone were happy warriors. Had they been alive to see al-Baghdadi’s death, they would’ve cheered. They likely would’ve criticized the Swamp creatures that booed President Trump.

The Swamp critters that booed President Trump were hardline progressives. Hardline progressives have a fascist streak that’s visible from outer space, even with the naked eye. They’re total sourpusses, the gloomiest of the gloomiest. Hardline progressives are Democrats, just like liberals are. The personality traits of the 2 wings of the Democratic Party couldn’t be more noticeable.

I don’t know if it’ll happen but I’d love seeing the Democratic Party return to being happy warriors who actually love the America that our Founding Fathers envisioned. I suspect, unfortunately, that we won’t see those Democrats again.