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Sat Jan 4, 2020, 01:46 PM

Gen. Petraeus on Qasem Soleimani's killing: 'It's impossible to overstate the significance'

Q: Would you have recommended this course of action right now?

A: I'd hesitate to answer that just because I am not privy to the intelligence that was the foundation for the decision, which clearly was, as was announced, this was a defensive action, that Soleimani was going into the country to presumably approve further attacks. Without really being in the inner circle on that, I think it's very difficult to either second-guess or to even think through what the recommendation might have been.

Again, it is impossible to overstate the significance of this action. This is much more substantial than the killing of Osama bin Laden. It's even more substantial than the killing of Baghdadi.

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braddy Jan 2020 #4

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Sat Jan 4, 2020, 02:29 PM

1. Amazing, he mirrors about my every thought and analysis of this week.

 

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Response to braddy (Reply #1)

Sat Jan 4, 2020, 02:33 PM

2. Petraeus is no dummy

which means you are no dummy as well

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Response to at140 (Original post)

Sat Jan 4, 2020, 02:59 PM

3. I don't see how you compare them

Bin Laden and Baghdadi were rogue actors functioning beyond any government. This latest episode was an action against a person in the leadership of a sovereign nation.

Even if there is a common thread of terrorism, there is a huge difference.

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Sat Jan 4, 2020, 07:58 PM

4. I think Iran is on the ropes and just can't afford to think much about things outside of Iran's

 

internal domestic/economic problems, the death of Soleimani probably sucks much of the energy and budget out of their foreign action programs.

Iran is afraid of us when they think we are tired of their nonsense and focusing attention on them, they may make some face saving noise, some saber rattling, and then let things settle down a bit.

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