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Ducey: Attack that killed Soleimani makes the world a better place

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PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey believes Americans who have openly opposed an attack that led to the killing of a top Iranian general on Friday are suffering from what he calls “derangement syndrome.”

Ducey told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Gaydos in the Afternoon on Monday that Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani was a terrorist and that “the world’s a better place now that he’s no longer on the face of the Earth.”

Opponents chided President Donald Trump for the attack, concerned that Iran would retaliate and escalate tensions between the countries.

Ducey believes people didn’t approve of the attack because it was ordered by Trump. He was asked about comments from Rose McGowan, Michael Moore and politicians on the other side of the aisle.

“I think this derangement syndrome is real,” Ducey said. “The folks that you named, the Michael Moores, who I didn’t see, and Rose McGowan, they are part of this ‘blame America first’ crowd in every setting.”

The Republican governor brought up how he applauded Democratic President Barack Obama in 2011 for carrying out the attack that killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

“I think we should feel equally good about those two things that kept our men in uniform safe,” Ducey said.

Ducey isn’t concerned that the United States — and Arizona in particular — is under any additional national security threat because of the attack.

Iran has taken aggressive steps since the attack, including announcing it would no longer abide by the limits contained in a 2015 nuclear deal.

“Iran has seen themselves at war with us for 41 years and they will continue to see themselves in that way,” Ducey said. “I have the highest confidence in our military.”

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