The left-wing propagandists who populate the network news shows do their best to put on people who are going to say what they want them to say; alas, it doesn’t always work out as intended. They don’t mind Republicans coming in to argue the pro-Trump point-of-view, because they’re ready for that and they inevitably have fifteen liberals in studio to crush the Trumper under the sheer weight of rhetoric. But they get caught offguard when they put a Democrat on the panel who – whoops! – winds up confirming that most of what the liberal media has been spouting is pure, unadulterated nonsense. It’s fun to watch.
Such a thing happened on Sunday when former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, who served under the Obama administration, told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that any Democrats whining that President Trump needed congressional authorization to kill Iran’s Qassem Soleimani were just plain wrong.
Host Chuck Todd got the ball rolling with an insinuation that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was playing some sort of legalistic word game when he referred to Soleimani as a terrorist.
Johnson shut it down.
“No, not necessarily,” he said. “If you believe everything that our government is saying about General Soleimani, he was a lawful military objective, and the president, under his constitutional authority as commander in chief, had ample domestic legal authority to take him out without an additional congressional authorization.”
“Whether he was a terrorist or a general in a military force that was engaged in armed attacks against our people, he was a lawful military objective, but that’s not the only question here. For a very long time, the Bush administration, the Obama administration, had been engaged in what we refer to now as shadow warfare with the Iranian government,” he continued.
“And last Thursday night,” he said, “was what we refer to as a decapitation strike, where we’ve taken out a very high profile member of the Iranian government. That is a provocative, in your face act, where you kill a senior member of the Iranian government and you say, ‘Yes, I did it.’”
And it was all completely legal. Can you criticize the move as a matter of strategy? Of course. Can you wish that Trump consulted with Nancy Pelosi? We suppose, although we would have been mightily surprised if he bothered. Can you have concerns about where these tensions with Iran go from here? Obviously, that group would probably include all Americans.
But for Pelosi and others in Congress (and in the punditry) to complain that Trump was acting outside of his presidential jurisdiction is pure silliness, and it shows you how far Democrats are willing to stretch the truth if it means scoring political points against Trump. Not even one of Obama’s right-hand men is willing to play that game. Time to rein it in, Democrats.