You don’t have to spend very much time on BoWilliams.com to determine that I’m no fan of President Trump. I didn’t vote for him in 2016. I’m not voting for him this year. He is a jackass. He’s the biggest boob to ever sit in the office.
However, I have also pointed out from time to time that I have not considered his administration a complete disaster. And I think Trump has, for the most part, had consistent clarity on the Middle East.
I am angry. Whatever else is true of President Trump, I am confident from his words and actions that the United States is again at war with radical Islamists who lust for American blood. We must continue working to make the punishment for spilling it in the name of Allah so severe that no one would dare it. – Bo Williams, September 11, 2017
Just as one example, shall we compare the size of ISIS-held and controlled land on January 20, 2017 and today?
Which brings us to the Trump-ordered UAS attack on and resulting death of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani. He was the commander of the Quds Force, which is primarily responsible for extraterritorial military and clandestine operations.
Sounds like the sort of fella who needs killin’ to me.
Or did you forget that Iran is a brutal, bloodthirsty regime that has been openly hostile to the United States and her interests for the past 40 years? That Americans have died in the name of this hostility?
Trump has presented this strike as a response to attacks that have already occurred, but also as a prophylactic measure against future attacks. Furthermore (and this is a concatenation of three tweets):
Iran is talking very boldly about targeting certain USA assets as revenge for our ridding the world of their terrorist leader who had just killed an American, & badly wounded many others, not to mention all of the people he had killed over his lifetime, including recently hundreds of Iranian protesters. He was already attacking our Embassy, and preparing for additional hits in other locations. Iran has been nothing but problems for many years. Let this serve as a WARNING that if Iran strikes any Americans, or American assets, we have targeted 52 Iranian sites (representing the 52 American hostages taken by Iran many years ago), some at a very high level & important to Iran & the Iranian culture, and those targets, and Iran itself, WILL BE HIT VERY FAST AND VERY HARD. The USA wants no more threats! – Donald Trump, January 4, 2020
Sounds fine to me. Also seems like a good time for a favorite quote from a grumpy old Brit:
We’re pussies about enemy nations, embarking on decades-long, trillion-dollar campaigns to make them love us, instead of quick ten-million-dollar lessons in why they should fear us. Why? Because we seek love and approval, like the furrowed-brow, teary-eyed, compassionate pansies we are. – John Derbyshire
There is a time for nuance in foreign policy. There is no place for it in controlling radical Islam. Whatever Trump’s other failures, I remain confident he understands that.