The targeted killing of the brutal intelligence chief of Iran by President Donald Trump sums up his most dangerous game yet with the lives of other nations and his own political fate.
Trump has committed the United States to dangerous open conflict by killing Qassem Soleimani in Iraq, which at best will avoid a full war against Iran, which could lead to national security and economic disruptions in the U.S. and worldwide.
Starting right away, when Iran is quickly hitting soft targets, the US, including US soldiers maybe even tempted to take their homes in the Middle East and even in Europe, all of a sudden.
Two days after his re-election year, the US was plunged into another with massive and uncertain repercussions by Trump –who is struggling against Middle East uncertainty. This confronts a presidency which, following his conviction and unconditional conduct in office, is already trying to alienate half of his country.
Getting the country behind him to deal with the crisis might be difficult for Trump. Obama also shackled the USA’s political and moral expectations— while an official deemed by Washington a terrorist — to order the killing of a president of a country the USA is not officially at conflict with.
His act will be reverberated over decades on Thursday.
“Iran never won a war, but never lost a negotiation!” On Friday morning, Trump wrote a tweet to appease critics who are worried about the depth of his strategic thought.
It’s too early to determine whether the death of Soleimani would significantly weaken Iran and strengthen the US strategic position, if it will cause a regional conflagration and how Trump political ambitions and reputation will inevitably be affected by it.
But the assassination of one of its major leaders is definitely considered an act of war by Iran, so it is possible that its revenge is severe and permanent.