Confused, Iran Scrambles to Figure Out Trump

Members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard march in Tehran in 2007. (Morteza Nikoubaz/Reuters)
Lesson learned in recent tensions: Unpredictability is Washington’s best response.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I n the wake of the U.S. killing of General Qasem Soleimani of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Iran is scrambling to figure out how to respond to President Trump. Throughout 2019, Iran ratcheted up threats and tensions, targeting oil tankers in the Gulf, Saudi Arabia, and U.S. troops in Iraq via proxies, testing Washington’s response. The decision to kill Soleimani, who arrived at Baghdad International Airport without any apparent suspicion of his impending death, threw down a gauntlet to Tehran that left the Ayatollah and the IRGC grasping for response options. This is a lesson to be learned from


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