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In this episode, we look at the U.S. strike which took out Iranian General Soleimani and discuss whether the decision to act right now made any sense (00:48), whether U.S. leadership is entitled to the benefit of the doubt as to their decision making and motivations (7:31), what we should be doing in the middle east (23:43), and whether Americans have the want to and the leadership to meet challenges that come with being a nation and a superpower (32:48).

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SHOW NOTES

How Trump decided to kill Iran’s Soleimani

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/01/03/donald-trump-iran-soleimani-093371

Trump's huge Iran gamble will have lasting impact

https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/03/politics/donald-trump-qasem-soleimani-iran-us/index.html

Trump’s Iran war has begun

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2020/1/3/21048033/trump-iran-war-qassem-soleimani-retaliation

'Isn't it pathetic?': Trump once accused Obama of plotting Iran attack for political boost

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/01/03/trump-obama-war-iran-093323

 

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