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.

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