I don’t want to conflate the two issues that so many are, war with Iran and killing a killer. War with Iran is avoidable (by anyone, even Trump) after this but the balance is tricky. On one side Trump has undermined the tools he would have to avoid war. On the other taking out this specific general sends a strong message to Iranian leadership. Trump will have to play up the blood on the general’s hands and try to talk Iran down at the same time... personally, I don’t think he can do it.