Uskowi's framing of the Quds Force as independent of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) offered an opportunity to ask profound questions about the agency of ideas, or the agency of men with ideas, especially as the Quds Force commander Major General Qasem Soleimani loomed so large in the trajectory of this organization. Uskowi could have asked basic questions such as what was the Quds Force before Soleimani's tenure, and what did he turn it into? Uskowi, however, in neatly folding the present unto the past, failed to use this writing exercise, done over a year's time, to transition from the role of a briefer to that of the historian.

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