“Tehran understands that it miscalculated in recent weeks, pushed too hard and misread the Trump administration”

Iran seeks to end direct clash with America and return to an asymmetrical comfort zone
by Yaakov Lappin
January 8, 2020

The wave of Iranian ballistic missiles that struck two military bases in Iraq early on Wednesday that house U.S. personnel was a clear Iranian attempt to conclude the current phase of escalation with Washington. The missiles failed, intentionally or not, to cause any casualties, after days of warnings by Iranian officials saying that U.S. military targets would be hit—possibly an early warning designed to decrease the chance of victims when the strikes actually came. Still, they were an exhibit of accurate Iranian firepower.READ MORE

WALL STREET JOURNAL Joe Lieberman: The Democrats and Iran Why can’t the party’s candidates simply admit Qasem Soleimani’s death makes Americans safer?…President Trump’s order to take out Qasem Soleimani was morally, constitutionally and strategically correct. It deserves more bipartisan support than the begrudging or negative reactions it has received thus far from my fellow Democrats. The president’s decision was bold and unconventional. It’s understandable that the political class should have questions about it.

NATIONAL REVIEW Mourning Soleimani, from Hollywood to the Campus Now that Qasem Soleimani’s mortal coil has reached room temperature, and he is enjoying the fruits of his martyrdom, sympathizers everywhere are mourning him and praising him. His postmortem fan-club members are all denizens of the Left — media figures, celebrities, politicians, and especially academics. Their somber, cliché-ridden eulogies range from stupid Twitter commentary to well-written articles, with praise for Soleimani, unalloyed contempt for Donald Trump, and dire predictions of retribution in the days ahead.

WALL STREET JOURNAL Editorial Board: Biden Places His Iran Bet He comes down against the Soleimani raid and predicts Mideast chaos…That was some speech Tuesday by Joe Biden. The Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President wrapped himself tightly in Barack Obama’s Iran policy, called Donald Trump’s strike against Iranian General Qasem Soleimani a “debacle,” and all but declared that Mr. Trump is the greatest single danger to world order. As election bets go, this is a big one.

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