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Trump retweets Marine vet over killing of Iranian general

President Donald J. Trump, joined by Vice President Mike Pence, participates in a roundtable discussion on the Governors’ Initiative on Regulatory Innovation Monday, Dec. 16, 2019, in the Cabinet Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour)
January 03, 2020

President Donald Trump’s decision to launch an airstrike against top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani has prompted both vows of revenge from Iranian leaders and condemnations from some U.S. lawmakers and politicians back home, but some U.S. military veterans are happy with the news.

On Thursday evening Marine veteran Jesse Kelly tweeted praise for the strike after attributing the disfigurement of many U.S. troops to Soleimani’s support for violent attacks throughout the Middle East. Kelly said, “He’s unquestionably an enemy of America and I’m glad he’s dead and I’m bummed it was a quick death.”

Trump retweeted Kelly’s remarks on the death of Soleimani, raising up Kelly’s tweet in support of the strike.

Trump himself described Soleimani’s connection to attacks throughout the Middle East, including deaths of protesters opposing the Iranian regime from within.

Sean Parnell, a former U.S. Army captain who was wounded in combat in Iraq, also praised Trump’s decision to carry out the airstrike against Soleimani.

Parnell also defended the Trump administration’s decision for the strike against criticism from Ben Rhodes, a speechwriter for former President Barrack Obama’s administration and a proponent of the largely defunct 2015 Iran nuclear agreement.

Texas Army National Guard Special Forces soldier Tim Kennedy did warn that while the U.S. has been in similar situations in the past, the strike against Soleimani does place the U.S. in a dangerous position.

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, who served with the Navy in Afghanistan, described Soleimani as the mastermind of attacks on U.S. troops and allies in the region, but said the U.S. must now contend with “the immediate and very real dangers to American citizens in and out of uniform in the Middle East.”

Buttigieg is one of several Democratic presidential candidates who criticized the strike.