With tensions high between the U.S. and Iraq internationally, and between Democrats and Republicans domestically, now is the time for moderation to prevail. While some want to use the current escalation in rhetoric and military actions to justify further conflict, now is the time to chill.
Make no mistake: The U.S. took out a bad dude. Major General Soleimani was behind major atrocities, including being primarily responsible for IEDs that caused the deaths of 600 service members. Despite what some news outlets want you to think, taking him out was the right thing to do.
To save face with their hard-liners, the Iranians lobbed some missiles at U.S. sites — most of which missed their marks or were duds — as a sign of retaliation. The Iranians could have used cruise missiles intended to actually hit the targets, but, despite their rhetoric, they don’t want war.
Trump now has an opportunity for an international success story. He got rid of a very bad man in a successful operation. He has backed off threats of destroying cultural centers. And, he can halt any further military actions since no major blood was spilled in a purposely innocuous retaliatory strike on the part it Iran.
Sometimes the path of least resistance is the correct one. This is one of those times. Hopefully cooler heads will prevail. My fingers are crossed.
Victor F. Ogden
Senior Master Sergeant (Ret), U.S. Air Force