Bobby Ghosh expresses skepticism in his piece at Bloomberg that the Iranian regime will be satisfied with their volley of missiles of last night:
More likely, the missiles mark the first salvo of what Khamenei has promised will be “severe retaliation” against the U.S. for taking out his favorite killing machine. Having encouraged millions of Iranians to come out into the streets to mourn Soleimani and demand vengeance, the Supreme Leader has painted himself into a corner. His description of last night’s strikes as “a slap in the face” of the U.S. will not fool his countrymen, and certainly not the families of the 56 killed in the stampede at Soleimani’s funeral.
Nor will it suffice for Iran’s proxy militias in Iraq, which have lost several leaders to American attacks in recent days, including Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy commander of Iraq’s Popular Mobilization Forces.
He predicts additional attacks, both by Iran and its proxies.
If so, that will provide additional evidence about whether Iran is a rational actor or not. Or at least whether their reasons are the same as ours.