Obama’s DHS Secretary says Soleimani was a ‘lawful military target’


Barack Obama’s former DHS Secretary told Chuck Todd on ‘Meet the Press’ that Qassem Soleimani was a “lawful military objective” and the President had “ample domestic legal authority to take him out.”

Former Secretary Jeh Johnson leaves open the possibility that the terror general wasn’t a terrorist, but even then, he states he was a “lawful military target.”

Soleimani and his Quds Forces were declared terrorists by the United States in 2007 and Barack Obama never sought to change the designation.

Todd asked Johnson, “There is a legal reason he keeps saying the word terrorist, isn’t there?”

Johnson responded, “No, not necessarily. If you believe everything that our government is saying about General Soleimani, he was a lawful military objective, and the president, under his constitutional authority as commander in chief, had ample domestic legal authority to take him out without an additional congressional authorization.”

It didn’t matter if he was a terrorist. “Whether he was a terrorist or a general in a military force that was engaged in armed attacks against our people, he was a lawful military objective.”

He then raised another question, “But that’s not the only question here. For a very long time, the Bush administration, the Obama administration, had been engaged in what we refer to now as shadow warfare with the Iranian government. And last Thursday night was what we refer to as a decapitation strike, where we’ve taken out a very high-profile member of the Iranian government. That is a provocative, in your face act, where you kill a senior member of the Iranian government and you say, “Yes, I did it.” And I hope that this administration has carefully considered the second and third-order of effects of that one very plain second-order effect, which any foreign officer could predict is the reaction in Iraq. With the growing Shia political influence in that country…”

That’s a fair concern, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley made it clear that it was given a great deal of thought.

He did destroy one of the arguments Democrats have put out, namely, that what the President did was unconstitutional and required congressional approval.


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4 years ago

Sorry to see that Jeh Johnson did NOT say that Obama “Enabled Iran when he sent them $1.6 BILLION, as they would NOW be able to continue their agenda to acquire Nuclear Weapons, EVEN as Iran chanted: “DEATH TO AMERICA”

It would appear Mr. Johnson, that Obama was “giving into Iran and they KNEW he was either afraid to go against them and their nuclear ambitions, OR he agreed that America was NOT a Sovereign Nation that COULD protect our Republic, and it would NOT be business as usual for Iran to AGAIN, take over an embassy as they did years ago, and held OUR CITIZENS HOSTAGE FOR OVER 400+ Days. Of course, Mr. Johnson you most likely will give Obama a Pass, just as the nation did when HE “took out Osama Bin Laden” and took MANY LAPS IN ADUALATION FROM THE COUNTRY AND REMINDED US OF HIS ‘SUCCESS’……….WHY IS THIS DIFFERENT W/POTUS TRUMP……..WHICH IS THE “DEMOCRAT DOUBLE STANDARDS”

herbert r richmond
herbert r richmond
4 years ago

Pelosi acts as if she occupies half of the White House in authority, things were different during the reign of Obama.