This strategy had triggered real blow back in Iraq and he was suppressing that with difficulty. At the same time, the same strategy was increasing resistance inside Iran. A more active war served his interests here.
Understand that the minimum objective of this man was command and control over all Iraq and Syria through to the Levant. He has been acting on this through asymmetric warfare for years. What empowered him was the USA induced collapse of Iraq military power.
This path was his path. Now will Rohani sustain it?
Iraq’s Worst Fears Have Come True – a Proxy War Is on Its Doorstep
January 3, 2020
Wars are reputedly won by generals who make the least mistakes. General Soleimani made a bad mistake over the last three months by turning a modest protest into something close to a mass uprising. Trump may have made an even worse mistake by killing General Soleimani and making Iraq, a place where Iran has far more going for it than the US, the arena in which the rivalry between these two powers will be fought out. I can see now that my friend in Baghdad may well have been right three months ago in suggesting that retirement to Turkey might be the safest option.