Pompeo, asked to define “imminent” in the threat posed by Qasem Soleimani: “This was gonna happen. And American lives were at risk. And we would have been culpably negligent … had we not recommended to the President that he take this action” https://t.co/244aOKfGlH pic.twitter.com/6bTmV8SHGp— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) January 10, 2020
This is so Trumpian.
“We don’t know precisely when and we don’t know precisely where” pic.twitter.com/nIHEqGFgjn— Schooley (@Rschooley) January 10, 2020
He’s a shameless ass-kisser, so def possible it’s for political ambitions & he doesn’t believe any of it. But it’s long past time for the press to look in to whether Pompeo’s religious beliefs, in particular certain interpretations of Biblical prophecy, are influencing US policy— Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) January 10, 2020
UPDATE: And now we get stupider. Here’s the Deputy Assistant to the President & Principal Deputy Press Secretary
Soleimani was, in fact, planning "imminent attacks." While Democrats and the media quibble over its definition, quick point: When Obama killed bin Laden, al-Awlaki and Gaddafi, without Congressional approval, there were NO "imminent attacks" and Democrats did not ask or care.— Hogan Gidley (@hogangidley45) January 10, 2020
Uh…. Bin Laden and Awlaki were senior, operational Al Qaeda leaders. And Congress authorized war against Al Qeada back in 2001. And the Obama Administration briefed the Gang of 8 and Congress with the correct level of detail and justification.
Gaddafi was killed by members of the NTC – not by US forces.