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Marco Rubio Dismantles Leftist Arguments Against Killing Soleimani

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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) pushed back at leftist talking points criticizing President Trump’s decision to take out Iranian Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani, distinguishing between fact and fiction on nine key points.

Before getting started, Rubio reminded Americans that Soleimani was responsible for the deaths of U.S. diplomats and service members and had been in the midst of planning future attacks in the region.

“Some are so blinded by hatred of Trump that they argue he has done something sinister,” the GOP senator said on Twitter. “Its [sic] crazy. Total derangement.”

The Pentagon said Soleimani and the Quds Force were responsible for killing hundreds of U.S. and coalition service members and injuring thousands of others.

“He had orchestrated attacks on coalition bases in Iraq over the last several months – including the attack on December 27th – culminating in the death and wounding of additional American and Iraqi personnel. General Soleimani also approved the attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad that took place this week,” the Pentagon said.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper also explained Soleimani was "actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region."

Iran has warned that "a forceful revenge awaits the criminals who have his blood and the blood of the other martyrs last night on their hands."

Rubio named several acts of retaliation he believed Iran may undertake.

Later in the day, Rubio also took a swipe at former Vice President Joe Biden for his campaign video criticizing the president for his "erratic, unstable" behavior in foreign policy.

"It is a FACT that #Soleimani spent the last several days traveling the Middle East coordinating imminent attacks by #Iran & its proxies against our troops," he said. "The fact that every Democrat running for President would have done nothing about it is reason alone to vote against them."

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