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2020 Dems Denounce ‘Murderer’ Soleimani, but Voted to Lift Sanctions, Send Him Millions in 2016.

Dems Soleimani Iran TrumpMost Americans didn’t know the name Qasem Soleimani before President Trump ordered the drone strike that killed the Quds Force leader Thursday. They were likely shocked to learn about the 1,000 Americans killed in Afghanistan and Iraq by his Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). About the role he played in backing terror attacks against civilians inside Israel. And about how Soleimani, a terrorist mastermind, helped Syria’s Bashar Assad kill hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians and launch deadly chemical attacks.

But one person knew the Soleimani story very well: Sen. Elizabeth Warren.  As she tweeted the morning after his death, “Soleimani was a murderer, responsible for the deaths of thousands, including hundreds of Americans.”

This is interesting, given that Warren continues to support the Obama administration’s Iran deal that lifted U.S. sanctions on Soleimani and poured millions of dollars into his Quds Force coffers. And she’s not alone. Every one of her fellow U.S. Senators in the 2020 Democratic primary — Michael Bennet, Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar and Bernie Sanders — voted for the same plan. And then-Vice President Joe Biden was one of its biggest champions.

In a way, these Democrats made the lethal U.S. attack at the Baghdad airport possible. One of its pre-conditions of the Iran deal was lifting U.S. travel sanctions on Soleimani. He was taking advantage of those lifted sanctions and traveling between consultations with his terror allies in Lebanon and Iraq when the drone strike took him out.

The Iran deal was never popular with the American people, who opposed it by a 2-to-1 margin. The U.S. Senate voted against it 58-42. (Due to the bizarre rules of Washington, the agreement went forward anyway.)

That didn’t stop these Democratic senators from making speeches and sending out press releases pushing the plan. And the entire time, they knew one of the big winners would be top terrorist Soleimani. In fact, it was hardly a secret. As the American Enterprise Insitute’s Michael Rubin reported in 2015:

“Buried on page 95 of the draft of the nuclear agreement … is the fact that sanctions will be lifted on Qassem Soleimani, head of the Qods Force [sic], the elite unit of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps charged with export of revolution. In short, Soleimani is responsible for the deaths of more Americans than any living terrorist, and perhaps any dead one as well.”

“Lifting sanctions on Soleimani is like agreeing to do business with Osama Bin Laden on September 12, 2001,” Rubin added.

After Obama signed the Iran deal, Soleimani used his new-found freedom from sanctions to travel on behalf of Iran’s strategy of backing terrorism through proxies like Hezbollah and Hamas, both of which bemoaned Soleimani’s death and celebrated his support for their cause.  Hamas praised his “major and critical role in supporting Palestinian resistance at all levels.” That “resistance” includes suicide bombers, knife attacks on Israeli civilians and firing rockets into Jewish neighborhoods.

Under the agreement, Iran collected at least $100 billion in sanctions relief–including at least $10 billion in cash and gold. And that’s on top of the $400 million on wooden pallets stacked with euros, Swiss francs and other currencies the Obama administration secretly delivered to Iran on an unmarked cargo plane.

While Warren may not have known about the cargo plane, she knew all about the financial windfall for Soleimani in the Iran Deal. She sat through three days of testimony before the Armed Services Committee about it in the lead up to the Iran Deal vote.

Sen. Tom Cotton specifically highlighted the fact that “Qasem Soleimani and the Quds Force and the Revolutionary Guard Corps” were the main perpetrators of “explosively formed penetrators” (EFP) responsible for hundreds of American deaths in Iraq.  “Those entities and Qasem Soleimani will ultimately receive sanctions relief from this deal,” Cotton noted.

Iran Deal supporter Ambassador Nicholas Burns also acknowledged in his testimony before Warren’s committee, “No question, some of it [sanctions relief money] will go to the IRGC, given the relationship of Qassem Soleimani, the head of the IRGC Quds Force, to the Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei. That’s to our disadvantage.”

And still, Warren championed the Iran Deal, benefiting the man she says today is “responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Americans.” She’s still defending it, publicly denouncing President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the agreement in 2018.

Some 2020 Democrats have difficult questions to answer about their legacy of policies that gave support to a terrorist like Soleimani.

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Rik

Just another great example of the Trump Derangement Syndrome as displayed by the Progressively Communist Democrats. Trump gets criticized for taking out this Enemy General and yet, if he didn’t, he would have been criticized for failure to do so!!!! Trump can’t ever win no matter what he does with these nuts. This will help instill another example of why he should be impeached! Failure to inform Congress and “ask” for their approval. What crap! Democrats hate President Trump so much that they now fit that old saying: “The enemy of my enemy is my friend!”

General Patton

Gutless Democrats–who always try to play both sides of a coin

MJFusaro

The Democrats have proven over and over to be on the wrong side of liberty, freedom and the American people. They have big mouths and love to threaten but are totally gutless when it comes to action.

Maralee

If they continue to send our hard earned taxpayers money to this country, they should be tried for treason.

Gene Barnes

Loved the article very very informative. Thanks. Our Democratic leaders are not concerned about this country.

CLZoller

Dems dont want to keep us safe. National safery for America FIRST.

Diana

Look these Traitors must be dealt with to the full extent of the Law democratics, atheists, socialist, communist, Islamist, anyone trying to destroy our Constitution take away our Freedoms, rights are Traitors, Our Constitution as Written is the law of this land and has been for over 200 years, so anyone politicians judges, police and those mentioned above trying to change, destroy, twist, or just ignore is Treason at the highest level and must be Defended by us Americans that love our country and or ways, to much perverted garbage has been forced on us when the worst traitor was in office obama and his entire administration needs prosecuted for Treason

Rich

Nancy, Nancy, Nancy; does she and her socialist family even know what’s really going on? I still wonder if she ever found out what was really in Obama care. What more can we say? This is the Democrat’s idea of representation. Sad indeed.

Roger Arends

Can’t understand the Dems hating that Trump took out a terrorist that was killing Americans. And saying he should have consulted them first. If someone threatens
one of your family with a gun do you have him wait while you call the police. Crazy!! I’m sure Trump worked with his staff before he took action.. Just another example
of Attach Trump and neglect working together to make our Country Great Again!!!

Chamberlain 1938

It is unfortunate people (Democrats in particular) do not remember the history of World War II
In 1938 when Chamberlain stepped off the plane, returning from appeasing Hitler) and proclaimed “Peace in our time”
Sounds like Obama does not learn from history either

EVW

Ironically, lifting those sanctions on Soleimani allowed him to travel to Iraq to meet the Hellfire missile that killed him.

John frahm

There responses are political period.

Chamberlain 1938

Need to review our lessons from history. Chamberlain and Obama ssound like they did the same thing in appeasing dictatorships