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Neither Neocon nor Isolationist

Rich Lowry, National Review

Trump never promised anyone he’d refuse to respond to threats to Americans, or honor the unspoken rules protecting a bloodstained high official of a hostile foreign regime. If Trump had said any of these things, it would have been out of character. The killing of Soleimani is likelier to add to the legend of Donald Trump for his most loyal backers instead of give them pause. In their view, here is President Trump once again doing what no other president would do, taking an inordinate amount of criticism for it, often from a perpetually hysterical press corps, and having it work out (so far). Killing of Soleimani was an unmistakable expression of Trump’s distinctive worldview.