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Soleimani, Iran and the Power of Deterrence

Townhall Review – January 11, 2020

President Trump addresses the nation following the military strike that killed Iranian General Qasem Soleimani.

Dan Proft and Amy Jacobsen talk with Cliff May, President of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, about the reaction to the strike.

Hugh Hewitt and retired New York Times London Bureau Chief John Fisher Burns talk about the European reaction.

Hugh Hewitt talks with Senator Tom Cotton on Iran and Impeachment.

Hugh Hewitt and Senator John Cornyn talk about Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s delaying tactics on impeachment.

Seth Leibsohn gives his views what he calls a “vanishing frame of reference.”

Dennis Prager and Yoram Hazony, Founder and Chair of the Edmond Burke Society, talk about the Judeo-Christian roots of America.

Sebastian Gorka turns to novelist Andrew Klavan to talks about British comedian Ricky Garvais’ “blistering” of his audience of actors and film executives as he hosted the Golden Globe Awards.

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Hugh Hewitt: The Death of Soleimani and the Reestablishment of U.S. Deterrence

In the aftermath of President Trump’s order to kill Qasem Soleimani, the leader of Iran’s Quds Force—and a terrorist—a lot of attention is being paid to an interview I conducted with then-candidate Trump in September of 2015.

At the time, Trump was not familiar with Soleimani—and admitted as much. But he added a clue to his thinking then, citing a story written about his unpredictability. Trump told me: “you don’t want to let people know what you’re going to do with respect to certain things that happen. You don’t want the other side to know.”

What Trump has demonstrated—time and again—is the strategic value of this unpredictability combined with a willingness to use force. It has restored U.S. deterrence.

The death of Soleimani is a reminder to Iran and to the watching world that it challenges the United States at its great peril.

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Michael Medved: A Hateful, Racist Response to a Strike Against Terrorism

In response to the appropriate, and precisely targeted drone strike against Iran’s terror chieftain Qasem Soleimani, the former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick unleashed a singularly loathsome tweet. “There is nothing new about American terrorist attacks against Black and Brown people for the expansion of American imperialism,” the self-styled human rights activist declared.

Apologists for Kaepernick defended his dishonor to the national anthem as an example of patriotic dissent but his latest eruption exposes him as an America-hating fool. This tweet itself is racist.

General Soleimani was directly responsible for the deaths of at least 600 US troops—including black and brown soldiers, of course. Killing General Soleimani while he perfected plans to kill more Americans was hardly a demonstration of “imperialism” but rather an act of self-defense that bears no connection to Kaepernick’s race-based screed.

If the Nike company and other corporate sponsors continue to support Kaepernick’s hateful extremism then sane consumers should seek alternate sources for over-priced footwear.

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