Jack Carr (seen in the below photo), the pen name of a former U.S. Navy SEAL and author of the thrillers The Terminal List and True Believer, offers a piece at FoxNews.com on the takedown of the the Iranian general and terrorist and Iran's reaction.
Over the past week, the American people have been told that our president’s actions in Iraq towards Iran were pushing us into another war in the Middle East.
The House of Representatives even approved a largely symbolic measure Thursday night to limit the president’s authority as commander-in-chief.
Time magazine even published a guide to help parents ease their children’s fears regarding the situation.
Somewhere in the hysteria are lessons for both sides, lessons memorialized over two-thousand years ago during the Warring States period in ancient China.
I found out about the death of Iranian commander Gen. Qaseem Soleimani along with the rest of the world. My reaction was personal. I didn’t celebrate. I didn’t cheer. I didn’t gloat. Instead, I remembered.
I remembered driving the road where he was killed. I remembered the time I spent at the recently besieged U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. And, I remembered the friends I lost to IEDs, particularly to the Explosively Formed Penetrators, or EFPs.
I remembered that Gen. Soleimani led the effort that resulted in the deaths of my friends.
Iranian political and military leadership, including Gen. Soleimani, neglected one of the most ancient maxims in the history of warfare: know thy enemy.
President Trump is not the type of American politician to which Iran's leaders had become accustomed over the past 40 years. This president actually did what he said he would do. U.S. policy vis-à-vis Iraq, Iran and the greater Middle East changed with the new administration.
In formulating their response, it appears Iranian leadership opened a copy of Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War” and took its lessons to heart.
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