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You really don't know? Do you?

I'll add another non-retaliation event to your list - Iran shooting down an RQ-4A Global Hawk last year.

Why didn't this solicit a response?

Answer: none of those events had Congressional approval for military strike.

The attack on Soleimani did
Still don't know why?

S.J.Res. 23, passed with near total bipartisan support in Congress, is why the POTUS could green light the strike on Soleimani, and NOT in those other instances you mentioned.

Maybe that's a lot to digest.

That bill, agree with it or not, has allowed Bush, Obama and Trump (& any future POTUS) to strike designated terrorist(s) and their groups.

It's the law that allowed Obama to use drone strikes like he did.

But there's a loophole that is key here:
The terrorists in question need to be active with groups operating in Iraq and Afghanistan.

But the al-Qods Force is Iranian, fought against ISIS (& PKK- see- "Kurds") and a wing of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps?

Yes. True.

They helped create IED's in those countries that wounded and killed many. Greasing the skids to provide insurgencies weapons isn't enough to pass muster according to this bill.


A long history of cooperation, no doubt...
But... also they're designated as a terrorist group by several countries.

It has long been known that al-Qods has been the funnel from the Iranian treasury to terrorist orgs like Hamas, Hezbollah, the PLO and the Houthis among others.

Still not enough to pass muster, though....
By now, if you're still wondering why POTUS is in legal right to authorize the strike on Gen. Soleimani, and NOT retaliate for Otto Warmbier, Jamaal Khashoggi or the RQ-4A...

It's because those other strikes were done by nations, and a POTUS needs Congressional approval to act.
Gen. Soleimani made a grave error when he directed the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

That action put al-Qods Force, himself and his associates DIRECTLY in the fight, and in doing so, provided Pres. Trump the legal threshold to launch the strike.

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