It’s not just that President Trump killed a man who was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of Americans and who was fomenting terrorism throughout the Middle East.
That’s pretty good right there.
But think about it. Trump’s handling of this entire situation is everything his supporters say he is, and everything his opponents say he is not.
Trump backers will recognize a very strong and decisive action by a very strong and decisive leader. He did something neither George W. Bush nor Barack Obama would do in killing a major terrorist and threat to the United States. I’d be surprised if whoever replaces Soleimani has the same capability to advance the Iranian agenda.
What’s more, the feared consequences did not materialize. Iran essentially put its tail between its legs. It knows Trump is not Obama, and that if they waged a major response, Trump would retaliate massively.
And yet, Trump’s opponents say he is not a statesman, he does not wield a steady hand, and cannot be trusted to run the country wisely.
And yet, he did not overreact to Iran’s pinprick response. He recognized weakness for what it was, and chose not to further exacerbate the situation. The major conflagration that was widely feared never happened, and that should be very reassuring to those voters on the fence about Trump who might hesitate to support him because they fear he is erratic.
This is a major achievement Trump can take to the bank. He should and will run on it, and it will help him at least as much as killing Osama bin Laden — a far easier decision — helped Obama.