GARY WALSH, San Clemente
Last week, Congressman Mike Levin voted in favor of the “War Powers Resolution,” ostensibly to stop President Donald Trump from taking any further actions against Iran.
Major General Qasem Soleimani was a committed terrorist responsible for hundreds of American deaths—tens of thousands of deaths through militias he directed, 150 deaths of Iranian protesters, and the list goes on.
Think of Soleimani to the Iranian leadership as Joseph Goebbels was to Hitler—a murderous zealot. He had high designs on continuing to sow terror upon the populations of the Arab region in the hopes of forming a Shia Muslim-ruled region.
He made no bones about the satisfaction he derives from the killing and maiming of American soldiers. No civilized person should feel his demise, by whatever reason, is worthy of sympathetic retrospection.
Soleimani was acting on the direction from Tehran. Iran is committed to ruling the region. This is the same Iranian leadership that hijacked ships, shot down protesters, shot down a civilian airliner, launched missiles and attacked Saudi oil refineries, just to name a few.
Let’s not forget, they loudly and unabashedly chant. “Death to Israel.”
Iran only understands brute force. This was easily discernible by Iran’s measured and feeble response to the killing of Soleimani. They got the message that we can and will use our full military might should they continue to attack Americans and our interests in the region.
Well, wait, maybe not now, thanks to Levin. The War Powers Resolution’s stated purpose was to limit President Trump’s ability to use military powers against Iran.
This resolution was written as “non-binding.” That means President Trump doesn’t have to obey it. The only purpose to such a farce is to give a Machiavellian appearance to the ill-informed that the Democratic Party is holding the President in check to prevent an all-out war.
In reality, it did nothing but embolden Iran. They read actions like this as favorable to them. Iran’s leaders understand completely—this was only for show.
Levin’s reelection is coming up later this year. Let’s get somebody in office who finds it offensive that people like General Soleimani, who advocated and celebrated the death of the very U.S. Marines that Levin purports to represent, exist; and then can clearly step back from partisan politics and can acknowledge a job well done.