Political Editors / Jan. 3, 2020

Friday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Chris Murphy, Liz Warren, David French, and more.

Re: The Left: “Does anyone doubt that if Obama had ordered this attack [on Qasem Soleimani], every Democrat in the country would be hailing it as a bold and brave act of strategic brilliance? These people are snakes. No integrity at all. And the thing is, the reverse isn’t true. If Obama had ordered it, most Republicans wouldn’t be criticizing the attack. They’d celebrate it just like they celebrated bin Laden’s death. Democrats are far more tribal when it comes to this sort of thing.” —Matt Walsh

Non compos mentis: “Iranian behavior is certainly not pristine and not something to be emulated or praised, but we did engage with Iran in the nuclear agreement, and it was working. It was a unilateral decision by President Trump to renounce that agreement, an American agreement, and walk away from it. … Frankly, the Iranians felt they had nothing to lose in the relationship, and consequences flow from that.” —Rep. Gerry Connolly

Missing the forest for the trees, part I: “Soleimani was an enemy of the United States. That’s not a question. The question is this — as reports suggest, did America just assassinate, without any congressional authorization, the second most powerful person in Iran, knowingly setting off a potential massive regional war?” —Sen. Chris Murphy (Trump didn’t need congressional authorization.)

Missing the forest for the trees, part II: “Trump’s dangerous escalation brings us closer to another disastrous war in the Middle East that could cost countless lives and trillions more dollars. Trump promised to end endless wars, but this action puts us on the path to another one.” —Sen. Bernie Sanders

Missing the forest for the trees, part III: “Soleimani was a murderer, responsible for the deaths of thousands, including hundreds of Americans. But this reckless move escalates the situation with Iran and increases the likelihood of more deaths and new Middle East conflict. Our priority must be to avoid another costly war.” —Sen. Elizabeth Warren

The BIG Lie: “Killing of Qasem Solemani [sic] by US military was one of the most reckless irresponsible actions ever directed by a US President.” —Marianne Williamson

Alpha jackass: “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 of The Young Turks

And last… “The longer I live, the more I understand a cardinal truth about the human condition — evil often leaves virtue with few good options.” —David French

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