January 07, 2020

The two words that could tip the debate on Iran -- and help decide the next election

Source: CNN

Journalist: Ronald Brownstein

The fierce political debate over President Donald Trump's decision to order the killing of a top Iranian military leader ultimately may turn on just two words.

Republicans cheering Trump's decision to target Iranian Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani have invariably described it as decisive. Democrats criticizing his choice have denounced it as impulsive. Whether voters ultimately see Trump's decision making in this case, and his handling of foreign policy more broadly, as decisive or impulsive could prove the pivotal dynamic in determining how comfortable they are with him managing the nation's global relations for a second term.

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