Tensions were rising in recent months between the two nations. While Washington had unequivocally tagged the Iranian Revolution Guard as a terrorist organization and Tehran as the number one sponsor of terror, The Islamic Republic considers the US as the ‘big satan’.
Recent escalations though, shocking but unsurprising, the killing of Qasim Soleimani has sparked global debate, cheers and criticisms. However, the question is, why was he really killed? Can the Trump administration be trusted? The invasion of Iraq is seen as a fatal mistake and Trump admits that the Bush administration did wrong. Is Trump not making thesame mistakes?
A top Pentagon official has debunked the claims that the US President may be on an ego fulfilling mission. It is indeed true that the United States had “clear, unambiguous” intelligence that a top Iranian general was planning a significant campaign of violence against the United States when it decided to strike him, the top U.S. general said on Friday, warning Soleimani’s plots “might still happen.”
Army General Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a small group of reporters “we fully comprehend the strategic consequences” associated with the strike against Qassem Soleimani, Tehran’s most prominent military commander.
But he said the risk of inaction exceeded the risk that killing him might dramatically escalate tensions with Tehran.
“Is there risk? Damn right, there’s risk. But we’re working to mitigate it,” Milley said from his Pentagon office.