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John Cassidy writes on Donald Trump’s fraught justification for killing the Iranian general Qassem Suleimani, and on his efforts to discredit Democrats such as Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.
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Pompeo says killing of Suleimani is part of ‘bigger strategy’ to deter US foes

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‘Real deterrence’ strategy – which also apply to Russia and China – is at odds with earlier assertion that general was killed due to imminent threat to US

Qassem Suleimani was killed as part of a broader strategy of deterring challenges by US foes that also applies to China and Russia, the US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, has said, further diluting the assertion that the senior Iranian general was targeted because he was plotting imminent attacks on US assets.

In his speech at Stanford University’s Hoover Institute, Pompeo made no mention of the threat of imminent attacks planned by Suleimani. It only was in response to a question that he repeated his earlier assertion that pre-empting such plots was the reason for the 3 January US drone strike on Iran’s second most powerful official.

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