Obama Aide Ben Rhodes: Death of Iran’s Soleimani ‘A Really Frightening Moment’

Ben Rhodes and Barack Obama (Pete Souza / The White House via Getty)
Pete Souza / The White House via Getty

Ben Rhodes, the former national security aide to President Barack Obama who helped negotiate the Iran nuclear deal, expressed concern on Thursday evening at news that the U.S. killed Iranian terror general Qassem Soleimani.

Soleimani led the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force. In that capacity, he was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of U.S. soldiers in Iraq, and directed Iran’s foreign military adventures, including terrorism. He was killed at the airport in Baghdad, Iraq, early Friday local time, after reportedly arriving in the country late last year to repress anti-Iranian protests. The attack came days after an Iranian-backed militia attacked the U.S. embassy.

The U.S. Department of Defense later confirmed that Soleimani had been killed at President Trump’s “direction.”

Rhodes took to Twitter to warn that the death of Soleimani was “a frightening moment” that could lead to war:

Rhodes also worried about congressional authorization for Trump’s decision — though he had expressed no such concern when President Obama led the U.S. into a controversial war against Mummer Ghadafi in Libya in 2011:

Rhodes then added that he was specifically worried about President Trump’s “strategy” and competence to lead:

Under the Iran deal, the Obama administration gave Iran access to $100-$150 billion in frozen assets, as well as nearly $2 billion in cash (delivered by cargo plane), some of which is thought to have funded Soleimani’s activities.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. He earned an A.B. in Social Studies and Environmental Science and Public Policy from Harvard College, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. He is also the co-author of How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, which is available from Regnery. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

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