US must gird for harsh response from Mideast

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Opinion

January 6, 2020 - 9:48 AM

An Iraqi woman holds a placard during the funeral of Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani, Iraqi paramilitary chief Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and eight others in Baghdad on Saturday. (Ahmad Al-Rubya/AFP via Getty Images/TNS)

Up until now, Americans have been forced to take President Donald Trump at his word that Iran was planning imminent attacks against U.S. installations, thus warranting the president’s directive on Friday to assassinate Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, Iran’s top military leader.

That’s not good enough. The global community deserves proof that the president’s actions did indeed prevent an escalation of violence.

We need that assurance, desperately, because we’ve been down this road before with the lie of “weapons of mass destruction” that took us to war in Iraq in 2003.

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