Former Navy SEAL Jocko Willink said the “risky” air strike ordered by President Donald Trump against Iran’s Gen. Qassem Soleimani achieved the dual objective of neutralizing a dangerous terrorist and shaking up the Islamic regime.

“When you look at it from that perspective you could say that this was a brilliant move to kill a person that was an enemy of America and an enemy of the Iranian people,” he explained on Fox News‘s “The Brian Kilmeade Show.”

“Was it a risk to do this operation? Absolutely,” Willink, author of the book “Leadership Strategy and Tactics: A Field Manual,” said last week, noting that it had “paid off.”

“It’s the same thing,” he continued, ” when Obama sent SEALS in to go kill [Osama] bin Laden. That was huge risk,” Willink said, noting that Soleimani “killed hundreds and hundreds of Americans.

“He’s going into Pakistan, he didn’t tell Pakistan what we’re doing. There was massive risk,” he recalled comparing the success of both operations.

“You know the whole building could have been bombed. That’s a massive risk to do that operation. Pulled it off. Bravo. Outstanding,” he added.

‘The gamble paid off’

“We don’t know what could have happened. Trump took a gamble and did this, and you know what? From what it looks like right now the gamble paid off,” Willink said.

“The response was weak and on top of that it’s inspired the people of Iran that hate living under this tyrannical dictator to start to rise up, protest,” he added. “They’re being killed for protesting. That’s what a tyranny is and that’s what they need to rebel against,” he determined.

The Iranian regime responded to the air attack that killed Soleimani by launching at least a dozen rockets on two military complexes in neighboring Iraq that housed U.S. troops.

President Trump said there were no American or Iraqi fatalities at the attacked bases and little material damage.

The situation in Iran

Anti-government protests in Iran intensified after the regime admitted that it had lied and that a Ukrainian plane had not crashed because of technical failures, but because the army had shot it down, killing the 176 people on board.

“The pace of protests is now more frequent, the tone more anti-establishment, and the government’s reaction more violent,” described The New Yorker‘s Robin Wright.

“In November, hundreds were killed and thousands were injured, the highest casualty count since the revolution, according to human-rights groups,” Wright warned, noting that Iranians “blame government corruption and mismanagement” for the country’s economic recession.

“The leadership’s abject failure to allow any serious reforms has brought the system to a dead-end. It is unlikely to regain the trust and support of the middle class and is increasingly losing the support of its own more pious/poorer constituents,” Ali Vaez, project director of the International Crisis Group in Iran, noted in the New Yorker article.

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