• Outspoken Republican Rep Questions Dems Lack of Honesty and Patriotism

    Surge Summary: Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz stands up for Donald Trump’s decision to strike Iranian terror-chief Qassem Soleimani. The President does not want to start another war, he certainly does not want America involved in more “endless wars”, and he has up to this point shown conspicuous restraint in his dealings with Iran.

    Since the start of the most recent Iranian crisis, the Democratic Party leaders and their propagandists in the news media have shown their intense hatred for President Donald Trump and their propensity for glorifying America’s enemies. 

    “General Soleimani was a vile man — designated as terrorist by the United Nations, he had American, Iranian, and Iraqi blood on his hands. I wholeheartedly support President Trump’s decision to take him out. The world is a safer place with him gone,” said Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Florida, who serves on the House Intelligence Committee.

    Rep. Gaetz has found himself under attack by both radical officeholders and GOP-hating media who appeared to practically shed tears over the killing of Soleimani, who commanded the elite paramilitary IRGC offshoot the Quds Brigade.

    “The Quds Brigade is a special ops unit of the Iranian military that performs a function similar to that of Hezbollah, a large terrorist organization based in Lebanon. Yet despite the Quds Brigade’s record of death and destruction and Soleimani’s reign of terror on behalf of Iran’s Supreme Leader, he is treated like a hero while President Trump is lambasted over his killing of a Islamic monster,” said Curtis Layton, a former New York-based police intelligence analyst.

    According to both Capt. Layton and Rep. Gaetz, after the death of Soleimani, Democrats in Congress condemned the President for his decision. Many have accused him of trying to launch a war with Iran. “It looked to me like the so-called progressives were supporting the Iranian government and denigrating the Trump White House.

    “In reality, the President has shown amazing restraint with Iran, and he has overlooked events that have intentionally antagonized the United States since he took office,” said Gaetz.

    But the President is ignoring his opponents’ allegations and has made it clear that if any harm comes to Americans, he would respond with overwhelming force. The protests at the U.S. Embassy in Iraq marked a turning point. Unlike the Obama administration’s response to the Battle of Benghazi — in which no help was sent to an embattled diplomatic consulate — Trump made certain that U.S. troops responded to the embassy in Iraq.

    Iranians protest against the U.S. over the killing of their popular QUDS commander.

    “If the President had wanted war with Iran, there were plenty of opportunities for it. He does not want war with Iran, and neither do I. The safety and security of Americans has been central to the President’s thinking,” Rep. Gaetz noted.

    “On Tuesday, we saw Iran retaliate by launching missiles at two U.S./Iraqi military bases in Iraq. Luckily, no American or Iraqi service members were injured in the strikes. The President did not respond immediately. Instead, he waited for the situation to play out, and weighed his options before addressing the American people on Wednesday morning,” said Gaetz in an email sent to the National Association of Chiefs of Police.

    When the President announced that he believes the Iranian forces are standing down, he announced the U.S. will be imposing further sanctions that will continue to cripple the Iranian economy, limiting their financing of global terror and their activities worldwide.

    “I believe this is the right approach. President Trump ran on the policy of ending endless wars. I don’t want to see us enter another one, and I believe he doesn’t either. President Trump is the first President to work to end ‘forever wars’ instead of starting them.

    “I think we’re seeing the ‘Trump doctrine’ in action. Let’s match our military might with the right strategic decisions to get our brave men and women in uniform out of the Middle East,” Gaetz said.

    Soon after the strikes, Rep. Lee Zeldin and Gaetz joined Laura Ingraham on her Fox News Channel hit show to discuss the current state of U.S. relations with Iran.

    Rep. Matt Gaetz went off on Democrats’ impeachment witnesses, repeatedly prodding the constitutional scholars on whether they donated to Democratic campaigns such as Barack Obama’s:


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    Originally posted here.

    Image: DoD Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. James K. McCann; Adapted from: https://www.flickr.com/photos/thejointstaff/23626585078

    Jim Kouri

    Conservative Base's editor, Jim Kouri, CPP, is founder and CEO of Kouri Associates, a homeland security, public safety and political consulting firm. He's formerly Fifth Vice-President, now a Board Member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, a columnist,  and a contributor to the nationally syndicated talk-radio program, the Chuck Wilder Show. He's the author of two books: "Crime Talk: Conversations with America's Top Law Enforcement Officers" and "Assume the Position: Police Science for Journalists and Screenwriters."

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