“We are better off. Bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive,” is one of the most compelling and memorable quotes to come out of the Obama administration. Few Americans would dispute the truth of that statement.
President Donald Trump has said nothing nearly as succinct, but in similar fashion he can point to a roaring economy and taking two of the world’s deadliest terrorists – ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassim Soleimani, commander of the Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force – off the board.
So far, so good.
It’s worth noting that those attacks would likely not have been successful had the president first sought congressional approval, as some have insisted. However, Trump could and should have briefed leaders of both parties in Congress before authorizing the drone strike that took out Soleimani near the Baghdad Airport on Jan. 2.