After President Trump sent the drone strike that killed Iranian Quds Force Commander Qassam Soleimani, responses varied in the mainstream media, cable news and social media. While almost everyone agreed that Soleimani was an evil man who had killed hundreds of American soldiers and thousands of people in the Middle East, several former members of the Obama administration were upset. They had supposedly weighed the pluses and minuses of killing Soleimani and determined that then negatives of killing him, outweighed the positives. One supposes that the fact that the Obama Administration gave Iran $1.5 billion that enabled this evil general to continue killing American military and innocent civilians, didn't enter into their decision not to kill him.
Many Democrats and those in the media stated that President Trump, by giving the green light to take out Soleimani, put us on “the brink of war” with Iran. The fact that there is even a discussion of whether or not we should have killed this murderous thug who tortured and killed so many is evidence that those on the left have abandoned all reason, have failed to learn any lessons from history and know absolutely nothing about basic human nature.
In the history of the world, has there ever been an occasion where a war was caused when a militarily and technologically superior country responded decisively to an attack by an inferior nation? It just doesn't happen for the simple reason that few nations, unlike some individuals, are suicidal. The lessor military power may posture, loudly threaten retaliation and even maneuver their martial assets to look stronger than they actually are, but they won't actually do anything that might look like an attack on their stronger enemy.
History has taught us the opposite lesson, too. If the more powerful nation ignores or only tepidly responds verbally to an attack on its people, military or property, the weaker country becomes embolden and will test the more potent state for points of vulnerability. There are fables, proverbs, axioms and sayings that illustrate this point. One of the better known sayings is, “Give 'em an inch and they'll take a mile”.
Iran is the perfect picture of both of these truths. When the radical Muslims overthrew the Shah, with the tacit approval of President Jimmy Carter, they showed their true colors by overrunning our Embassy and holding 52 hostages. The failed attempt to rescue the hostages only encouraged the radicals to keep the hostages. The first day the much stronger Ronald Reagan took office, the hostages were released.
Similarly, when President Trump didn't take action when our drone was shot down or when the Iranians attacked and ruined a Saudi oil refinery, this led the Iranians to believe that they were dealing with another weak American President. Responding to what they thought was a lack of strength and resolve, the Iranians, through their surrogates, attacked a base in Iraq that killed an American contractor and wounded several of our soldiers. Like all thugs and bullies, the Iranians mistook restraint for weakness. They have such little regard for human life, they didn't realize that by killing and injuring Americans, they had crossed President Trump's red line. The drone strike on Soleimani was the result.
The Iranian missile strikes on Iraqi air bases where American military personnel were stationed was an anemic response to save face with their own populace. The fact that the Iranians let the Iraqis and us know an hour ahead of the missile strikes, when and where they were going to attack, is proof positive that they didn't want to make the same mistake the Japanese made at Pearl Harbor by “awakening the sleeping giant.”