As with just about any decision President Donald Trump makes, there is a never-ending line of those waiting to criticize him before he ever makes it. So it should come as no surprise that Trump’s recent order for an airstrike on Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani would be heavily opposed. Well-known media heads and prominent Democrats alike have come out of the woodwork to express their disapproval.
One such voice was that of former Vice President and current 2020 White House hopeful Joe Biden. He likened the airstrike to having “tossed a stick of dynamite into a tinderbox,” creating even more chaos and unrest in an already hostile situation.
However, he forgot to mention that he had quite a large hand in creating the mess we are currently in with the Middle Eastern nation. In fact, the “tinderbox” he refers to might not be at all what it is today if he and his boss had not gotten lazy all those years ago, creating a breeding ground for conflict and terrorism and giving Iran the upper hand and eventually control of Iraq.
In 2010, the nation of Iraq held an election for a new prime minister. In the race for the seat was Ayad Allawi, a pro-American Iraqi politician who had helped his party win a majority of seats in the nation’s parliament. He would have likely won and helped to build a stronger majority government that would have had an alliance with the US. But Biden had other ideas.
Biden urged Allawi to step down and allow another to take his place, someone, who was much more religious and pro-Iranian. Biden told the politician that “you can’t form a government.” And so Allawi did Biden’s bidding. He told The New Yorker that he would have gladly stepped into the position of Prime Minister but it was made clear that whoever held that seat would have to have the approval of the US. Clearly, he didn’t.
Instead, Nuri Al-Maliki was given the seat and pushed by Biden to take control. Now it is important to note here that Soleimani basically handpicked Al-Maliki during behind-the-scenes negotiations that involved both nations. Soleimani insisted that the only way these negotiations would be concluded was if “no Americans” were left in Iraq. So Obama and Biden caved.
While America was able to take partial credit for the settlement between the two nations, they were “completely outmaneuvered” by Soleimani, according to one unnamed Iraqi politician. Allawi said that America, or at least Obama was looking for an excuse to leave Iraq anyway, and so Soleimani’s demands gave the president an easy out.
Obama pulled all US troops out of Iraq and placed an Iranian puppet in control of Iraq, leaving the nation to fail and for Soleimani to take control of nearly the entire Middle East.
Allawi told The New Yorker, “I needed American support, but they wanted to leave, and they handed the country to Iranians. Iraq is a failed state now, an Iranian colony.”
Basically, it all boils down to Obama and Biden’s fear of confrontation. They didn’t want to deal with any trouble from Iran or the Soleimani-backed Shiite militias in the area, and so they simply fled.
We also have to point out that this was the same time that Obama was secretly working on what would become the Iran nuclear deal. Negotiations were, undoubtedly tricky and having a pro-American leader and US troops in Iraq would have only complicated them further. Obama and Biden did what they do best, ceded to Iran and gave them complete control.
And now, as Trump is trying to clean up their mess and bring some semblance of order back to Iraq, they have the nerve to complain. Our nation has made significant investments in Iraq over the years and promised help. We cannot just let her fall because we are too afraid to stand up for what is right and just. Our current president understands that and is clearly willing to take the fight to those who are doing the most damage.
If only Biden had had the guts to do what was needed back, then we might not be in this mess now. But you can bet your life that if Sleepy Joe wins the Democratic nomination, Trump will make sure all of America is reminded of just how responsible the former VP is for the current situation in the Middle E