General David Petraeus Explains Why Soleimani Strike “More Significant” Than Killing bin Laden

(Tea Party PAC) – Retired Army General David Petraeus, the former commander of US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as former director for the CIA, is calling the airstrike which killed Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani “more significant than the killing of Osama bin Laden.”

Soleimani, according to a statement from the Department of Defense after Friday’s stirke, was “responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American and coalition service members and the wounding of thousands more.”

Along with Soleimani, Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the deputy commander of Iran-backed militias known as the Popular Mobilization Forces, was also killed, along with five others, in a drone strike at the Baghdad International Airport.

“It is impossible to overstate the importance of this particular action. It is more significant than the killing of Osama bin Laden or even the death of [Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr] al-Baghdadi,” Petraeus told Foreign Policy in a Friday interview. “Soleimani was the architect and operational commander of the Iranian effort to solidify control of the so-called Shia crescent, stretching from Iran to Iraq through Syria into southern Lebanon.”

The airstrike came following a New Year’s Eve attack on the US Embassy in Baghdad by Iran-backed Shi’ite militias.

On Wednesday, President Trump ordered about 750 soldiers to be deployed to the Middle East, according to the Associated Press.

The attack on the US embassy came after US airstrikes last weekend which killed 25 members of the Kataeb Hezbollah militant group.

Those strikes had been in response to the killing of an American contractor last week in a rocket attack on an Iraqi military base which the US blamed on the militia.

Petraeus affirmed the DOD’s assertion that the Soleimani strike was a defensive response.

So, how will Iran respond?

“Iran is in a very precarious economic situation, it is very fragile domestically — they’ve killed many, many hundreds if not thousands of Iranian citizens who were demonstrating on the streets of Iran in response to the dismal economic situation and the mismanagement and corruption,” Petraeus said.

“I just don’t see the Iranians as anywhere near as supportive of the regime at this point as they were decades ago during the Iran-Iraq War,” he continued, adding that the US has “taken a very, very significant action” but did not declare war.

“Obviously all sides will suffer if this becomes a wider war, but Iran has to be very worried that — in the state of its economy, the significant popular unrest and demonstrations against the regime — that this is a real threat to the regime in a way that we have not seen prior to this,” Petraeus said.

President Donald Trump defended his decision to call for the airstrike in televised remarks on Friday.

“We took action last night to stop a war. We did not take action to start a war,” the president said.

Petraeus added in his interview that the U.S. didn’t have a choice but to conduct the attack on Iraqi soil.

“Again what was the alternative? Do it in Iran? Think of the implications of that,” he said. “This is a very significant effort to re-establish deterrence, which obviously had not been shored up by the relatively insignificant responses up until now.”

46 COMMENTS

  1. just ignore those commie dumo”s obuma lovers.look what that jerk did told the world we”re sorry kissed their ass”s & gave them billions of tax payer dollars and it didnt help,just made them stronger,against us. i cant believe how dumb these people are & yet they”re in government drawing big salaries & pensions,giving themselves raises ,vacations as they like,& u cant fire them,kind of stupid
    . investigate them & use shiff”s tacktics fire them all no pensions etc

  2. I agree. Why was he in Iraq if not to conspire with the insurgents? Usually high ranking officers don’t get killed in battle– he made the mistake of leaving his safe zone and entering a battle zone.

  3. General David Petraeus absolutely “knows-his-stuff”!! The death of that *Towel-Head* A…..Hole Soleimani – should have happened many years ago!! I hope POTUS Trump get’s the rest of the slimy “snake” as well!! They are TERRORISTS!! Case closed!!

  4. Consider it the beginning of long over due pay back. Iran was a principle partner in the terrorist attack and destucton and murdering of 242 Msrines. Marine Blt barracks Beirut Lrbannon Oct. 1983.

  5. David Petraeus is one of the geniuses of our time. He is a master of the whole concept of war given his take on the political physics of the killing of the Quds commander. There is no action without reaction. The first indication that it was a good shoot is that the Ayatollahs REALLY don’t like it. More of them and there is regime change.

    Good job Mr. President. Drive On!

  6. GREAT Decision , MR. PRESIDENT!!!! now finish the rest of them off, They have been Killing American, & their own people for way to long, Take them all out. Thank God We have a President that’s Doing what the last ONE DID!!! Not Do & IF ANYTHING HE & HILLARY HELPED His Fellow Muslim Friends get stronger. GREAT JOB MR. PRESIDENT!!! Donald J. Trump 2020!!!

  7. I agree with the general’s assessment. In any case, the die is cast. Rally round the flag, boys! Screw your courage to the sticking place.

  8. It doesn’t seem to be common knowledge about the great Obama and his killing of Bin Laden. I googled it an found out he had 4 top notch lawyers to make sure he wouldn’t be charged with what the dems a trying to accuse Trump of. Only the lawyers, Obama, and a few general met in TOTAL SECRECY to plan the attack. And ONLY AFTER it was done did he even mention it to Congress!! Ole Nervous Nancy and the rest better go back and read their history before they start coming down on Pres Trump for having the courage to do what the past 2 presidents didn’t have!!

  9. Not only INCOMING, but OUTGOING as well (we know WHO and WHERE your leaders ARE . . .). This Iranian general may ONLY have been TARGET practice. Team Trump and his allies 2020.

  10. the dem media conveniently forgets iran-Salami killing 100s of americans and 1000s of his people plus striking Saudi oil fields plus attacking Us embassy …
    really we are the bad guy , duh
    Omar and AOC should be sent there.

  11. What would be said if Trump hadn’t ordered the strike, especially having heard of an imminent treat? How often have we heard that – that we heard it but didn’t do anything?

  12. Being a ret. military and Leo I can see the point. Getting rid of some bad apples was a good thing. Maybe it will slow things down for awhile. A tit for a tat.

  13. common sense analysis by a brilliant and well informed American patriot who should still be active in the corridors of power and as a key member of the presidents team

  14. Now to take Petraeus statement and combine it with someone elses opinion to make it look like Petraeus said it all. The fact that Petraeus said that the killing made American or their allies LESS safe in many ways. Now Trump should have listened to his experts in the field, now if anyone thinks that the rest of the World or the Militaryn in this USA is going to let Trump violate international law by targeting heritage sites in iran, they are out of their mind, just like Germany in WWII not only the person who gave the illegal order but the person who carried it out were held responsible. The same will be true with any actions ordered by Trump.

    • Our civilian leadership during the invasion of Iraq Apr.2003 forbid American forces to attack a grave site in NaJaf Iraq. A supposed “heartiage” Site. Well son of a gun the Shites used that site to build tunnels, store weapons and plan attacks against our forces (including certain Intel Agencies). Sadar led his forces from that site until US and Alied Sprcial Forces took the site out of play. Bottom line it is international law also to use heartiage sites for the purpose of waging war? It was frustrating as hell for those on the ground. In the end smarter policy changes further defined the Law.

    • Well, No Robert. That’s not really his point, is it? You’re being dishonest.I read the same thing that you did. I didn’t come to the same conclusions as you.
      Maybe read Gen. Petraeus’ statements again from Foreign Policy. You’re letting your emotions get in the way of understanding. I think you know what I mean.

  15. The General knows as he was a Commander there…He is correct…
    Strike in Iraq better than Iran…What was Iranian General doing in Iraq?
    He was not there Commander and not his country…..He got what he
    deserved ….

    • The General made a significant point and fact that this strike was a strategic defensive move which was a necessary offensive response to the embassy attacks by Iran and was not designed to declare war but to avert one. Trump and the military advisors along with intelligence operatives made a brilliant move that took out Iran’s key military officials responsible for several military and civilian casualties. The action also will slow down ISIS, Al Queda, and give Hezbollah time to pause and reflect upon the consequences of their past and recent actions and events. The Taliban will also have to critically think about their operations since they have fueled unrest among their people and the citizens are responding with their dissatisfaction of the Taliban. The leaders will now be facing decisions necessary to keep them in power and avert or avoid an all out civil war in their country. That could lead to their defeat and executions or cause massive economic destruction for decades to come. So President Trump has made a vital and very well designed and planned attack on Iran to further punish their government officials for their atrocities against many other countries and people’s of the region. Hopefully this might cause the Iranian Government to seek more peaceful means of alleviating their issues.

  16. Hooray for this assessment! President Trump did have a strategy and it was a well thought out response acting on information provided by trusted military and intellegence personnel. This strategy has been percolating for months and a clear singular shot @ Soleimani and his posse [without civilians] was provided. Until then, Soleimani had travelled with civilians in large aircraft and used those people as human shields. This action by the military and President Trump was a LEGAL and lethal action. Iran and their comrads have been responsible for thousands of deaths and maiming in the area. The United States will remain strong and not stand for this murderous regime’s plots to kill Americans and others.
    CNN and others criticizing the President and glorifying Soleimani should be called out for treason.

    • That’s correct the ones who are criticizing the action taken by our President are treasonous actions.

  17. Gervais apparently pulsed the entertainment left in their hypocrisy, when he suggested they would run to kiss-up ISIS, if it were streaming entertainment content. He was right about them, they being the “spiritual leaders” of the left, as well as their Entertainment Religion disciples and followers.

  18. We thank GOD that we finally have a President with the honesty and convictions to protect this country and its citizens every day and not just at election time. Imagine what he could accomplish if he were not continually hounded by the Demorats.

    • Well said, Bob Page. We are so tired of the hypocrisy of the Democrats simply because of their hate. And this is hate. Not jealousy, not “gee, wish we thought of that”. But pure hate. I am tired of being hounded. Personally, many have called me terrible names.

  19. Thank you General Petraeus for putting this action by President Trump into perspective because the sick, left political user media and Democrat critics are again armed with ignorance as they convince the non informed voters that President Trump needs to be ousted, not because he is wrong but because he is “raining on their parade” ! Our choice is a free America or a Communist nation with all the pain & poverty! God Bless America & President Trump!

  20. Showing these thousands of protesters in the streets of Iran is not a responsible action of the MSM without finding out why they are out there. Are they protesting the US or the present leaders in Iran. I’m sure they are aware that if Iran declares war against the US, being in the streets in these large numbers is a certain death warrant.

  21. Speak softly and carry a big stick and you will go far.T. Roosevelt on Jan 26 1900. I think it fits in today’s world arena.

  22. THE MAN DESERVE TO DIE.. WHEN HE EVEN KILL HIS OWN PEOPLE ,THEN HE NEED TO BE TAKING OUT.. HE IS LOW LIFE LIKE SOROS WHO KILLED MANY OF HIS OWN PEOPLE FOR HITLER .. THEN SOROS ROBBED THEM OF THEIR VALUABLE .. GETTING RICH WITH THE BLOOD OF THEIR VICTIMS ON THEIR HANDS

    • Agreed. And shame on the traitorous liberals who defend the murderous Soleimani, and mis-characterize the defensive move which, as a response to his repeated annihilations finally put an end to his terrostic actions without harming any civilians! But I pray that the threat to hit (also) historic sites is just part of the proverbial “Big Stick” and those valuable sites would not really be on a list to be hit.

  23. Getting rid of that vermin is very important, especially as the previous president torpedoed the possibility a few years back.

  24. Totally irresponsible for theAmerican people (especially the MSM) to not praise this accomplishment. Had the POTUS not done this when he had the chance the MSM would be at the total opposite spectrum than they are now. You would them reporting Soleimani murderous reigns of terror over the last 30 years. They would be calling the POTUS inept, a coward, not fit to be the leader of America. Face it in world of the MSM, Democrats and the left the POTUS is damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t.
    The POTUS was right-on taking this murderous sociopath out!

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