Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, left, listens as Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Russell Vought testifies before the House Budget Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 12, 2019, during a hearing on the fiscal year 2020 budget. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Their reactions were entirely predictable, but nevertheless some of the hot takes from liberals and mainstream media types regarding the successful strike against Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Iraq have really revealed much about the state of the American left, and none of it good.
One especially illuminating hot take that got lost in the shuffle in the aftermath of the breaking news of Soleimani’s demise came from Young Turks commentator Emma Vigeland, who opined that the United States taking out Soleimani was not any different than if Iran took out Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on American soil – except to Vigeland, the one against Pompeo might be more, ya know, justifiable and stuff:
Imagine the Iranian government assassinated Mike Pompeo with a drone, at the direction of the president, and called it self defense.
That’s exactly what the US did by killing Soleimani — an act of war.
The only difference is Iran’s self defense claims would be more legitimate.
— Emma Vigeland (@EmmaVigeland) January 3, 2020
Now keep in mind that to the Young Turks gang, anyone to the right of Stalin is not left wing enough to cut it in their world. So Vigeland taking Iran’s side is not exactly shocking news. But her remarks did provide an opportunity for someone on the right to point out a brutal truth about liberals when it comes to their bizarre reactions to the U.S. taking care of business when it comes to eliminating threats.
Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX), who has a little experience in calling out Young Turks blowhards, helpfully stepped up to the plate and knocked a homerun out of the park:
Terrible analogy for a number of reasons.
But what is really frightening is the swift and decisive anti-American reactions coming from the left.
Hatred of the right is no reason to defend America’s enemies. https://t.co/rZP5le1jHE
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) January 4, 2020
“Hatred of the right is no reason to defend America’s enemies.” Truer words were never spoken.
Other Twitters were quick to point out the ridiculous comparison, too:
Except that Iran is a violent theocracy that hangs gays and killed 1,500 anti-government protesters just last week, and Soleimani was in Iraq orchestrating an attack on the US embassy two days earlier. Other than that good comparison.
— neontaster (@neontaster) January 3, 2020
Suleimani orchestrating an attack on our embassy & being directly responsible for the death and injuries to hundreds of Americans is the act of war. pic.twitter.com/qi8o8B1Ik8
— Jennifer Bossypants (@ajenable) January 3, 2020
Soleimani an Iranian General… was in Baghdad… in Iraq…after at least three missiles are launched at BIAP… think he was there for a picnic??
— Zachary Tasler (@ZacharyTasler) January 3, 2020
Emma, you're sooo predictable. pic.twitter.com/e3IcFQiQmA
— Suzan (@sznbcrzn) January 3, 2020
A Secretary of State is not an enemy combatant commanding the most vile terrorist organization in the world directing combat ops against America in a combat zone. You dumb
— Col. Rob Maness ret. (@RobManess) January 5, 2020
Not even close. Soleimani is not a cabinet official in Iran. Pompeo isn't a member of the armed forces and actively directing terrorist organizations to kill Iranian military and embassy personnel inside the borders of another nation. But other than that exactly the same thing.
— Chris Manning (@Manning4USCong) January 5, 2020
Iranian & Iraqi citizens cheering. US(?) Democrats appalled. 🙄
— Sweetz (@TatsNHeelz) January 3, 2020
Taking the side of a terrorist mastermind with American blood on his hands to own the cons because Orange Man Bad.