Retired four-star Gen. David Petraeus praised the Trump administration’s handling of the drone strike that took out Iranian terrorist mastermind Qassem Soleimani.
‘This is much more substantial than the killing of Osama bin Laden’
In an interview with Public Radio International, the decorated military veteran and former head of the CIA was asked if he had confidence in the Trump White House to navigate the complexities around the killing of Soleimani.
“Well, I think that this particular episode has been fairly impressively handled,” Patraeus responded.
Petraeus also noted that the killing of Soleimani has greater implications than U.S. operation that led to the death of terrorist Osama bin Laden.
“Again, it is impossible to overstate the significance of this action,” he said. “This is much more substantial than the killing of Osama bin Laden. It’s even more substantial than the killing of Baghdadi.”
The former Army general also noted that Trump’s order to kill Soleimani was “a very significant effort to reestablish deterrence, which obviously had not been shored up by the relatively insignificant responses up until now.”
“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,” he told Foreign Policy in a separate interview when asked why Trump had Soleimani killed while past presidents did not.
According to the Defense Department, Soleimani was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Americans and was planning additional attacks against U.S. nationals and interests.
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