The death of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani is starting to show its butterfly effect.
As a result of the strike, Iraq’s governing body is passing a resolution calling for the removal of all foreign military personnel from the country. But President Donald Trump just declared that our troops and our base are not going anywhere until Iraq pays the U.S. for its investment, Breitbart reports.
The United States has made a considerable investment during our time in the Middle East. One of those investments is a major military base in Iraq.
But if the new measure is approved by the Iraqi government, our forces would be required to leave the country.
That measure, by the way, already has the support of the outgoing Iraqi prime minister.
Even so, President Trump says not so fast. The United States has spent considerable money trying to help rebuild Iraq, including the cost of that military base.
“We have a very extraordinarily expensive airbase that’s there. It cost billions of dollars to build. Long before my time,” he said.
He went on: “We’re not leaving unless they pay us back for it.”
Trump further stated that if Iraq does ask the U.S. military to leave, and it is not “in a friendly basis,” he will hit the country with sanctions that make Iranian sanctions look “somewhat tame.”
Another fight at home
Trump is now not only fighting with both Iran and Iraq, but he is also being attacked by members of Congress.
In addition to the impeachment, Democrats are roasting him over taking out a terrorist leader. In fact, some Democrats have taken to accusing Trump of committing a war crime. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is also on the verge of introducing legislation that would block Trump’s ability to order anther strike if Iran decides to escalate the conflict.
Attacks against this country have always been the one time when both sides of the aisle unite against a common enemy — but it seems even that is too much to ask from Democrats with Trump in office.