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Is America on the Verge of a US-Iran conflict?

Last updated on August 20, 2020

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Remember, let’s be polite; let’s be respectful, but most of all, let’s be outspoken. 

On January 3rd, 2020, President Donald Trump executed an airstrike killing Iran’s leading terrorist Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad according to CBS News. Soleimani was the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization.

According to the State Department, he killed roughly around 17 percent of all Americans within Iraq. He also conducted terrorist attacks in Yemen, contributed to the building of the Islamic Jihad, and coordinated the recent attack on the United States Embassy in Baghdad. Suffice it to say, Soleimani was a morally egregious human being.

In the aftermath of the strike, Sectary of State Mike Pompeo said Soleimani was killed, “in response to imminent threats to American lives.” Trump claimed the action was necessary in order to prevent a war. Later, the State Department denied the killing was an assassination calling it justifiable self-defense. 

On the domestic front, the airstrike received a partisan response in Congress. Republicans commended Trump after the attack. Republican Senator Ben Sasse said, “The President made the brave and right call, and Americans should be proud of our service members who got the job done.” 

While, on the other hand, Democrats condemned Trump. Former Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes tweeted, “Does anyone think Donald Trump is equipped to handle a complex, enduring, international crisis that could play out in many countries and demand expertise, rigorous process, and judicious decision-making?”

Democrats opposed the strike because the Trump Administration did not consult with Congress before the attack. Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said, “The administration did not consult in this case, and I fear that those very serious questions have not been answered and may not be fully considered.”

Which was the exact same critique by the Republicans when Obama pushed the 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal without Congressional approval.

Furthermore, Democrats have begun to worry about the potential ramifications. Since Iran does not want to appear weakened or crippled by the death of their general, they will respond with violence towards America. 

According to the New York Times, “Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, promised retaliation against those who killed Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani in Baghdad.”

Democrats fear the Trump Administration does not have a strategy or counter-attack planned if such a threat ensues.

Former Vice President and Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden released an official statement stating, “He[Trump] owes the American people an explanation of the strategy and plan to keep safe our troops and embassy personnel.”

According to the Associated Press, “The United States is sending nearly 3,000 more Army troops to the Mideast in the volatile aftermath of the killing ordered by Trump.” 

Memes of World War III occurring as a result of the airstrike have surfaced the internet. Many people are joking in light of the situation, but some fear the consequences. The possibility of being drafted or going to war has struck fear in the hearts of many. 

To ease their conscience, I believe there will not be a war on a massive geopolitical scale. The Iranian retaliation will not be declaring war on the United States nor was the killing a declaration of war by the United States. A New York Times article claimes the killing was an act of war, but Iran will not engage in any conflicts to trigger an all-out conflict. 

It also claims Iran will not win a war with the United States, but will significantly damage the nation. Time is the most imperative factor in this dilemma. While this may or may not be seen as a war, this could escalate into a major conflict between the two powerful nations. 

Congress does not need to submit a declaration of war to invade a country. President Bush did this when he held a Joint Resolution to authorize the use of United States Armed Forces against Iraq. Regardless, the American military, leaders, and people must exercise vigilance and caution within the next short periods of time.

The world watches closely as Iran makes its first move in retaliation. We as a nation can only hope the President has devised a plan to ensure the security of our American brethren.

Remember, let’s be polite; let’s be respectful, but most of all, let’s be outspoken.

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