"WASHINGTON — In the 10 days since it carried out the drone strike that killed Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani, the Trump administration has been struggling to draft an after-the-fact narrative to justify it. On Monday, President Trump put an end to that hash of explanations. “It doesn’t really matter,” he tweeted, “because of his horrible past.”
Until that message on Twitter, the administration had insisted in various ways that General Suleimani, Iran’s most important military official, was planning myriad “imminent” attacks. The unraveling of the explanations accelerated over the weekend after Mr. Trump said four embassies were under immediate threat, a charge that his own administration could not back.
With the president’s latest utterance, he bolstered critics of a strike that had raised fears of an all-out war with Iran and had led Iraq to call on the United States to leave the country. And, the critics wondered, was it reckless and irresponsible for the United States to kill Iran’s second most important leader if the reason did not “really matter”?"
The Trump team’s inability to explain the Suleimani assassination ended yesterday when the President tweeted that the reasons for the assassination that kicked off an international crisis did not “really matter”. After all, Suleimani was a “bad guy.”
Is that good enough for everyone here? Is the role of the United States now to kill bad guys when the opportunity arises?
What if the reason for the killing was that the President wanted to appear tough… after backing down in the face of previous provocations?
What if the reason for the killing was that the President was trying to secure to votes of Republican Iran hawks in the Senate to insure they would not vote in favor of calling witnesses for the Senate trial?
Have we reached the point where the President owes no explanations to the American people or the world?