President Trump's decision to kill Iranian general Qasem Soleimani was highly excessive and leaves the US in a much worse position in the Middle East, suggests Peter Bergen of CNN. It is now highly likely that Iran will respond with continued attacks on US military sites. To prevent this, Trump has gone to the extreme of threatening to destroy Iranian cultural sites, a war crime. Protests in Iraq, which were previously directed at the Iraqi government and Iran, are now directed at America. Iraq's parliament voted to rid itself of the US military presence. Whatever benefits killing Soleimani may have had, they are outweighed by an abundance of downsides.
President Trump was right to kill Iran's Qasem Soleimani, holds Bill Rivers of NBC News. The argument that this will cause US deaths at the hands of Iran is flawed, this was already happening. In fact, Soleimani had a leading hand in the killing of at least 500 US service members in Iraq. Iran is leading a longstanding underground campaign against US forces, the latest example being the recent attack on the US embassy in Iraq. Soleimani himself was involved in arming militants in Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon and Gaza, all of which were fighting US or US-allied forces. With him gone, Iran's aggressive terror capacities have been seriously limited.