I think there’s no universe where there won’t be retaliation. But let’s be objective here—if a country had actionable intelligence of an imminent 7/7 style attack, you would have to act on that. And that appears to be the case here. Would people really prefer to wait until after coordinated terrorist attacks orchestrated by Suleimani took place before going after him?So the attack was a good idea? And the Trump administration can be trusted to manage this situation gracefully enough to avoid further trouble?
Again, this wasn’t done in retaliation for past attacks (where you could pick your timing). It was done to stave off an imminent series of attacks. And it appears part of a larger decapitation effort against Iranian militia throughout Iraq—perhaps elsewhere too. Covert actions aren’t appropriate in these circumstances (eg Bin Laden, al Baghdadi). You’re going for dead—not plausible deniability.I haven't seen much defense of Soleimani, but seems like it should have been a more covert operation