Buttigieg Slams US Killing of Soleimani, Accuses Trump of Failing to Learn Lesson of Iraq War

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On Thursday, Iraqi military and intelligence sources told The New York Times that Daesh (ISIS),* not Iran-affiliated Iraqi Shia militia group Khaitab Hezbollah, was the likely culprit behind the December 27, 2019 rocket attack on the K-1 Air Base in Kirkuk which ultimately prompted Washington to approve the killing of a senior Iranian general.

Democratic candidates for president Pete Buttigieg, Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden teamed up to blast President Trump over his decision to kill Iranian Quds Force Commander Qasem Soleimani at Friday’s New Hampshire debate, saying the decision did not make the US any safer, and that such actions could lead to global anarchy.

South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who narrowly defeated Senator Sanders at last week’s messy Iowa Caucus, argued that “in the situation that we saw with President Trump’s decision there is no evidence that that made our country safer…If we’ve learned nothing else from the war in Iraq, it’s that taking out a bad guy is not a good idea if you do not know what you were doing.”

Asked if he would have ordered the strike, Buttigieg responded that “it depends on the circumstances. It depends if there was an alternative, and it depends what the different effects would be…This is a situation that requires that you actually evaluate the entire intelligence picture.” The candidate added that he didn’t believe President Trump “even…

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