Trumps Order to Kill Soleimani Helps Reestablish Deterrence: Petraeus

President Donald Trumps order to kill Iranian General Qassem Soleimani was “a very significant effort to reestablish deterrence, which obviously had not been shored up by the relatively insignificant responses up until now,” former CIA director and retired Gen. David Petraeus has said.

“The reasoning seems to be to show in the most significant way possible that the U.S. is just not going to allow the continued violence—the rocketing of our bases, the killing of an American contractor, the attacks on shipping, on unarmed drones—without a very significant response,” Petraeus told Foreign Policy when asked why Trump acted to kill Soleimani where previous presidents did not.

“Many people had rightly questioned whether American deterrence had eroded somewhat because of the relatively insignificant responses to the earlier actions. This clearly was of vastly greater importance. Of course it also, per the Defense Department statement, was a defensive action given the reported planning and contingencies that Suleimani was going to Iraq to discuss and presumably approve,” he added.

“This was in response to the killing of an American contractor, the wounding of American forces, and just a sense of how this could go downhill from here if the Iranians dont realize that this cannot continue.”

Soleimani was killed overnight Jan. 2 by a drone strike near the Baghdad International Airport.

U.S. military leaders said the strike was ordered because they learned Soleimani was planning attacks on American interests, including U.S. troops.

“Soleimani was plotting imminent and sinister attacks on American diplomats and military personnel, but we caught him in the act and terminated him,” Trump told reporters in Florida on Jan. 3.

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A photo released by the Iraqi Prime Minister Press Office shows a burning vehicle at the Baghdad International Airport following an airstrike, in Baghdad, Iraq, early on Jan. 2, 2020. (Iraqi Prime Minister Press Office via AP)
Iranian women react as they take part in an anti-U.S. rally to protest the killings of Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani and Iraqi paramilitary chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, in the capital Tehran on Jan. 4, 2020. (Atta Kenare/AFP via Getty Images)
President Donald Trump speaks during an Evangelicals for Trump campaign event held at the King Jesus International Ministry in Miami, Florida, on Jan. 3, 2020. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

“For years, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and its ruthless Quds Force—under Soleimanis leadership—has targeted, injured, and murdered hundreds of American civilians and servicemen,” he added.

The strike was carried out “to stop a war” not “to start a war,” Trump said.

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