We've done thousands of drone strikes, so your immediate question will be why is this a big deal.
Suleimani was Iran's Eisenhower. He was prob going to be their next president. That wasn't escalation, that was an act of war.
Iran has been getting ready for this moment for over 30 years. They have a laundry list of ways to indirectly attack us. If I were going to try and guess their response, I'd expect them to hit our achilles heel, which is oil.
The Cult has been praising the attack. He was our most skilled enemy, by far, in the Middle East. So it made sense tactically. But strategically speaking, no previous president did it because they knew Iran would go nuts.
I'd like to point out that our relationship with Iran was getting better before Trump. We had a deal that kept them from getting nukes, and we were starting to get cooperation from them in small matters.
Now we are whisper close to war.
So much winning.