It's looking like Trump managed the Iran crisis well

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While this is not what many here want to hear, if you step back and look at the recent escalation between Iran and the US, it's looking like Trump played it just about right.

Sept 2019, Iran attacks two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman and days later shoots down a couple of US Army drones. Trump's response is measured; while the attacks could be considered an act of war, he says he wants to avoid direct conflict and deploys additional troops in Saudi Arabia aiming to bolster missile defense.

In December, Iran continues to escalate as the militias they sponsor launch a rocket attack that leaves an American contractor dead; Iran then orchestrates a Benghazi-style attack on the American embassy.

In response to this second wave -- i.e. the killing of a US citizen and an attack on US soil -- Trump orders the strike that kills the Iranian general who is believed to have ordered these attacks (among many others over his long, bloody career).

Iran loudly vows revenge, but is apparently so rattled by Trump's action they reportedly warn Iraq before lobbing a few missiles at US bases in Iraq. The warning, for all intents and purposes, makes the attack nothing more than a face-saving kabuki.

Both the US and Iran then use diplomacy-speak to announce they're more or less standing down.

It's still early, but this is starting to look like Trump handled this about as well as could be done.
 
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Define US soil as used in the OP.
The grounds of the US Embassy in Iraq on Dec 31, 2019.

I know where you're going; don't bother. It was an attack on United States property by any reasonable assessment.
 
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While this is not what many here want to hear, if you step back and look at the recent escalation between Iran and the US, it's looking like Trump played it just about right.

Sept 2019, Iran attacks two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman and days later shoots down a couple of US Army drones. Trump's response is measured; while the attacks could be considered an act of war, he says he wants to avoid direct conflict and deploys additional troops in Saudi Arabia aiming to bolster missile defense.

In December, Iran continues to escalate as the militias they sponsor launch a rocket attack that leaves an American contractor dead; Iran then orchestrates a Benghazi-style attack on the American embassy.

In response to this second wave -- i.e. the killing of a US citizen and an attack on US soil -- Trump orders the strike that kills the Iranian general who is believed to have ordered these attacks (among many others over his long, bloody career).

Iran loudly vows revenge, but is apparently so rattled by Trump's action they reportedly warn Iraq before lobbing a few missiles at US bases in Iraq. The warning, for all intents and purposes, makes the attack nothing more than a face-saving kabuki.

Both the US and Iran then use diplomacy-speak to announce they're more or less standing down.

It's still early, but this is starting to look like Trump handled this about as well as could be done.

But TDS Fueled© hate is a powerful narcotic.
 
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But TDS Fueled© hate is a powerful narcotic.
That it is. One gets the sense they'd rather see Iran's killing of American citizens go unchallenged than give a moment's consideration to the possibility that Trump might have handled this incident well.
 
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He creates a crisis and just because he stops just short of war we are supposed to thank him:think:

Except President Trump created no "crisis". It was the left wringing their hands about WW III beginning.

The Iranians have been up to all sorts of nasty stuff, including the launching of rockets at bases in Iraq for a month before the evil man was taken out.

The attack on our embassy was only round one of that new drama had Trump not acted decisively.
 
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That it is. One gets the sense they'd rather see Iran's killing of American citizens go unchallenged than give a moment's consideration to the possibility that Trump might have handled this incident well.

Imagine if having Suleimani and the Iraqi terrorist in his sites and had Trump chosen not to act and that had gotten out. The same loonies would be decrying Trump's failure to act. Pelosi, et al would be rambling on and on.