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Eli Lake

What Biden Can Learn From Trump’s Iran Policy

The president needs to understand that economic sanctions alone are not enough to deter Iran’s nuclear ambitions. 

A tribute to Iranian General Qassem Soleimani near a highway in Lebanon. 

A tribute to Iranian General Qassem Soleimani near a highway in Lebanon. 

Photographer: ANWAR AMRO/AFP

Next week the Iranian regime will commemorate the two-year anniversary of the death of General Qassem Soleimani, who was killed by a U.S. drone strike on Jan. 3, 2020. President Joe Biden should also mark the occasion — by noting that the U.S. is prepared to go beyond economic sanctions in its efforts to deter Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

Soleimani — who built Iran’s Quds Force into a kind of NATO for terrorists, connecting militias in Lebanon, Iraq and Yemen into a strategic alliance — was Iran’s most important military leader. In response to his killing, Iran launched a barrage of ballistic missiles at the Al Asad airbase in Iraq, causing serious brain injuries for more than 100 U.S. troops. Iranian forces also mistakenly shot down a Ukrainian International Airlines flight.