Ah, finally we’re getting to the truth. This is the answer he should have given from the start.
What could be Trumpier than the president insisting, essentially, that some people just need killin’?
The problem with that answer, though, is that it weakens his argument for acting without first seeking any sort of authorization from Congress. If there’s an imminent threat, he can act on his own to preempt it. It’s an emergency. If instead there’s a some-people-need-killing problem, then he could have and should have run that by the legislature sometime during the seven months that he was eyeing Soleimani as a target. But he knew how that would be received in the House and didn’t want his hands tied, so he followed the old advice that it’s easier to seek forgiveness than it is to ask permission.