Following the assassination of general Qasem Soleimani, Iran fired a salvo of missiles at two American bases in Iraq. The salvo of missiles managed to hit no Americans, though some Iraqi coalition forces were injured.
There is speculation among officials that Iran may have purposefully avoided hitting any American personnel in order to avoid further escalation of tensions between the US and Iran.
Despite firing dozens of missiles at two different American bases, Iran somehow didn’t harm any American soldiers with the attack.
This could be a stroke of luck for the Americans, or it could have been a calculated, purposeful tactic. But why would a country fire a missile salvo with the intention to miss?
Some officials are under the belief that Iran was attempting to send a message to both its people and the US with the missiles.
The message to its people would be clear: we will not tolerate a foreign power assassinating one of our leaders without some form of retaliation. The message to the US, however, is a bit more nuanced: we could have done more, but we didn’t.
Many onlookers both in the US and abroad have been nervously anticipating the day that the tensions between the US and Iran boil over.
Open war between the two countries would likely be a one-sided affair: the US has an overwhelming military advantage. However, the ensuing conflict would assuredly destabilize an already tense region and lead to needless loss of life.
Many are hoping that this salvo of missiles, which seems to have purposefully avoided killing any Americans, might have been an admission of this mismatch in power by Iran.
Surely, many onlookers argue, Iran is wise enough to not pick a fight with a military as massive and well-funded as the US?
Trump tweeted about the situation late Tuesday night, stating “All is well! Missiles launched from Iran at two military bases located in Iraq,” Trump posted to Twitter late Tuesday night.
“Assessment of casualties & damages taking place now. So far, so good! We have the most powerful and well equipped military anywhere in the world, by far! I will be making a statement tomorrow morning.”