Harvard Law Professor Explains Why Trump Had More Of A Legal Basis To Kill Soleimani Than Obama Did To Kill bin Laden

(Tea Party PAC) – Alan Dershowitz, Harvard Law Professor Emeritus explained on Thursday evening that President Donald Trump had an even stronger legal basis with which to eliminate Iranian terrorist Qassem Soleimani than former President Barack Obama had to eliminate Osama bin Laden in 2011.

Dershowitz made these comments while speaking to Breitbart News Tonight.

He dismissed arguments that Trump did not have the constitutional authority to strike Soleimani, the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force.

Presidents have the lawful authority to direct the killing of enemy combatants, Dershowitz explained.

“[Soleimani] was a combatant,” explained Dershowitz. “There’s no doubt that he fit the description of ‘combatant.’ He [was] a uniformed member of an enemy military who was actively planning to kill Americans; American soldiers and probably, as well, American civilians.”

“It was the right thing to do,” he added. “It was legally justified, and I think we should applaud the president for his decision. We send a very powerful message to the Iranian government that we will not stand by as the American embassy is attacked — which is an act of war — and we will not stand by as plans are being made to attack and kill American soldiers.

Dershowitz continued, “I think every president who had any degree of courage would do the same thing, and I applaud our president for doing it, and the members of the military who carried it out, risking their own lives and safety. I think this is an action that will have saved lives in the end.”

“President Obama would have done the same thing if the shoe were on the other foot, if he could prevent the killing of American soldiers by killing a combatant,” estimated Dershowitz. “[The president doesn’t] need congressional authorization, or any legal authorization … The president, as the commander-in-chief of the army is entitled to take preventative actions to save the lives of the American military. [Donald Trump] didn’t threaten a war. He didn’t start a war.”

When he was asked about criticism of the attack from folks like former Obama national security aide Ben Rhodes, Dershowitz said, “This is very similar to what Barack Obama did with Ben Rhodes’s authorization and approval — without Congress’s authorization — in killing Osama bin Laden.

“In fact, that was worse, in some ways, because that was a revenge act. There was no real threat that Osama bin Laden would carry out any future terrorist acts. Moreover, he was not a member of an official armed forces in uniform, so it’s a fortiori from what [Barack Obama] did and Ben Rhodes did that President Trump has complete legal authority in a much more compelling way to have taken the military action that was taken today.”

26 COMMENTS

  1. so why don’t they shut up? because they have to make noise to shut any truth that would not support the coup.

  2. Could not trust Democrats, or many Republicans to keep the lid on. Not like the old days when we could keep the lid on something the size of D-Day.

  3. I would like this commentary to be aired by CNN and NBC, but they will probably dismiss it and say nothing except that President Trump is a bad man…

  4. This is WHY certain Democrats DON’T know what they are TALKING about (especially AOC and Ilhan Omar). Both need to be removed from Congress anyway , either through LOSING the 2020 elections or IMPEACHMENT because of rendering “aid and comfort” to the enemy. Team Trump and his allies 2020.

  5. Absolutely, however it should have been Stated that the President is the Commander in Chief of all Military Forces of the United States of America and as such gives the orders not the Congress.

  6. Trump did NOT need Congress’s approval. He was NOT under the War Powers Act. He is commander and chief of the U.S. Armed Forces. He ordered the death of a uniformed enemy combatant who directly represented a country who has overtly declared “death to America.” Thank you President Trump. My family is more safe and secure.

  7. Alan Dershowitz speaks truth to power no matter who is involved. That kind of reasoning is crucial in a democracy veering sharply leftward and losing its’ moral compass. It is truly a shame that more Americans cannot embrace facts instead of concocted lies covered in irrational hatred.

  8. More people need to read this instead of bashing the president for a decisive action. to spare our soldiers and others.

    • You are so right!! The leftist haters just agree with whatever the MSM tells them without looking into it themselves. They are nothing but a bunch of mindless sheep.

    • Agree but how do we convince them to check on the facts and not just repeat the leftist narratives? The facts are out there for anyone to see if they take the time to look if they even care about the facts?

  9. Given the underhandedness of Nancy and the rest of the liberal Dems., how could he trust them to keep the impending attack secret? They have not shown themselves worthy of keeping a secret that could endanger lives.

    • Irrelevant, a President does not have to consult with congress to take action against enemy combatants which these people were, uniforms and all. Obama did when he killed Ben Laden.

  10. I absolutely agree ! President Trump did the
    Right thing. If the Demorats didn’t hate the President so much they would all agree!! If Kennedy did the same thing there would be a parade down 5th Ave !!

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