A lot of people have been upset with President Donald Trump over the recent events with Iran. But the president has found a surprising ally in an ex-member of his administration.
Former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is back on board with the president when it comes to Iran, even calling Trump’s plan “brilliant.”
In recent months, Sessions has made a return to the political scene in Alabama where, as a Republican, he is campaigning for the U.S. Senate seat that at one point he occupied for two decades.
After speaking with voters at a campaign event at a Cracker Barrel restaurant in North Alabama on Wednesday, he praised President Trump for his handling of Iran.
“I think he brilliantly exposed in a way that will be important to even our European allies,” Sessions told Breitbart News. He continued:
In other words, he responded to a clear threat to the United States. He targeted the core person responsible for it. And he has now made clear that he favors a policy of peace and prosperity for Iran if they choose it. Basically, he said to Iran you can either continue the path of terrorism and world hostility, or you can choose a path of peace and prosperity. I think that positions us well with our allies and also puts maximum pressure on Iran.
Sessions’ comments came just after President Trump addressed the nation on Wednesday following the previous day’s Iranian missile attacks on American bases in Iraq. This, of course, was in response to the Trump administration’s takedown of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani.
Following Soleimani’s death, many have criticized Trump for going back on one of his campaign promises — not to get involved in any more wars. But according to Sessions, this is one promise the president has kept.
“I support what the president has done,” Sessions said. “He was one of the first persons to openly on the Republican side to question intervention and long-term involvement in the Middle East and think it is not a good idea. But you cannot allow your nation just to be victimized, your people killed by a rogue regime, and not respond. So, I think instead of doing massive destruction and creating a war, he targeted the head of the terrorism force in Soleimani and successfully did so.”
Sessions went on to explain that America’s tremendous military advantages over Iran mean that we can come out on top without having to put forces on the ground.
“I don’t suggest this, but the president knows how to negotiate, and he knows how to use leverage and power,” Sessions said. “We have the capability with probably some cost to knock all their airplanes out of the sky, sink every ship that they have; we could blockade every harbor that they have; we could bomb their power plants and their oil refineries and that kind of thing; so if they go too far, Iran’s economy could be devastated without a single soldier having to be on the ground.”
Not a hawk
Sessions stressed that he, like most Americans, doesn’t want to see another war. He also said that he doesn’t believe that the death of Soleimani is going to lead to “World War III.”
Rather, he just wanted to bring the Iran situation back to reality — and his comments did just that.