Iran: A Powder Keg in the Middle East

Date:  January 06, 2020  
Host:  Jim Schneider  
​Guest:  Frank Gaffney  
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Last Friday, January 3rd, Iranian terrorist, Qasem Soleimani was assassinated by a U.S. airstrike at the Baghdad Airport.  It was an airstrike that was ordered by President Donald Trump. Threats have been abounding from Iran as their supreme leader has promised revenge, not only to the United States, but also to U.S. interests including threats to Israel.  Cries of ‘Death to America’ have been shouted from the Iranian Parliament.

Joining Jim with expert analysis on this issue was Frank Gaffney.  Frank is a national security expert, Executive Chairman of Center for Security Policy and speaker on the ‘Secure Freedom Minute.’  Under President Ronald Reagan, he acted as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy. He is also Vice Chairman for Committee on the Present Danger: China, and CEO and president for Save the Persecuted Christians.

According to Frank, Since 1998, Qasem Soleimani had been commander of Iran’s Quds Force.  This force has been used by the Ayatollahs for most of their ‘dirty work’ such as terrorism, Iran’s nuclear weapons program and efforts to subvert foreign governments.  As such, Soleimani was directly involved in efforts to kill Americans and seize our embassy in Baghdad.

President Trump’s decision to go after Soleimani brings forth many questions that Frank addressed.  For example:

–Was this an over-reaction by President Trump or was it a necessary attack?

–How did Soleimani compare to Osama bin Laden or Al-Baghdadi?

–Is the world safer now?

–What action does Frank think we should take as a nation now?

–Does Hezbollah have cells in the U.S.?

–Is there a way to de-escalate the situation?   

There’s much more including input from Crosstalk listeners.

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