Since the U.S. killed Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassim Suleimani in a drone strike on Jan. 2, talk has turned to whether the strike was legal if the general could not be proven to have posed an imminent threat.
But, as I said on Jan. 6 on Fox News and for the reasons explained below, the strike was legal, and that legality did not depend on an imminent attack about to be launched.
It’s an important question, and administration officials, as well as scholars and lawmakers from both sides of the aisle—see here, here, and here—have been talking as if it were a legal requirement that the general pose an imminent threat. But, based on the publicly available evidence, it wasn’t required under these circumstances.
As an aside, it seems that providing timely explanations for the legal basis for the killing of international terrorists has proven difficult for both Republican and Democratic administrations.
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