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Today’s Top Story
Iran’s “indispensable man,” the general Qassem Soleimani, is dead at the hands of U.S. forces.
“We took action last night to stop a war,” President Trump said during a televised statement this afternoon from his Mar-a-Lago residence. “We did not take action to start a war.”
But many feared the opposite: that the strike was only the beginning. Soleimani’s death marks the escalation of an already unfathomably tense standoff between the U.S. and Iran.
Below, our writers make sense of this precarious moment.
Americans typically rally around wartime presidents. But Trump has a credibility problem.
“Trump arrives at this perilous moment at a decided disadvantage: He can’t assume people will accept what he says as true, because millions have concluded it never is.”
This is America's most consequential strike of the century.
“Of the most feared terrorist leaders the United States has hunted and killed this century—from Osama bin Laden to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi—no death ever had the significance of the one America just dealt.”