Why was the terrorist general, Suleimani in Baghdad? Was he there for dinner, drinks, laughs and to tour the sights?
President Trump has stated that Suleimani was there to plan something against Americans and American assets. Assuredly it was not about planting IEDs. He was there to plan something both audacious and spectacular. If President Trump was more specific, he might give away intelligence sources.
No longer a part of government, I am allowed to speculate based on my long years of personal experience in the Middle East and now at home observing Iran using publicly available information.
Suleimani had the “juice” to command people and resources to come together and carry out his plans. He was there to confer with Shia brothers who join him in hating the Great Satan. He was likely there to organize monster demonstrations involving many thousands of Shia Moslems to seize the Embassy and to take hostage many of the 1100+ Americans (plus family members) in Baghdad to use them as pawns to force America to back off on sanctions, to replenish the Iranian treasury, and let Iran continue to do evil.
By eliminating Suleimani, President Trump resoundingly protected the American Embassy which is sovereign U.S. territory as well as the lives and/or freedom of many hundreds of Americans.
With the Iranian government scampering to hide and cover their backsides, now is a great opportunity for President Trump to consider doubling down on sanctions and to possibly block any and all ships from Iranian ports.
With Suleimani gone, his Hezbollah and other proxies in the area are ripe for Israel to take punitive action.

About James E. Horn

Retired American Diplomat served in American embassies and consulates for 25-years, ten in Islamic societies. I am not a fan of Islam. I do public speaking and have books listed.

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