When a U.S. drone strike killed Iranian Major General Qasem Soleimani last month, the attack was explained as necessary to prevent a planned Iranian attack on U.S. forces in Iraq. It is likely that Soleimani was in Iraq to arrange such an attack; getting the United States out of Iraq is a major Iranian goal. But Americans’ view of who Soleimani was, and of how important he was to the ongoing wars in the Middle East, is not sufficiently deep.
The Case for Killing Soleimani—A Lesson in Deterrence
By Norman Friedman