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Unpick Trump's lies about Iran and you get to the narcissistic truth

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President Trump made the right decision in not launching a military strike against Iran that could have quickly led to war, but he arrived at this decision showing all of the egotism, ignorance and disorganization that has characterized the last two and a half years. Now the stakes are higher and there is nothing about his made-for-television moment recalling bombers in the air that should provide any comfort for the future.

Because Trump lies all the time and says only what he thinks will help him in the moment, it is hard to know what actually happened. It is agreed that an unmanned drone was shot down by Iran. A companion aircraft with military personnel aboard was also nearby but was not shot down.

Trump claims that Iran shot down the drone in international waters.This made him angry enough to tweet in all caps: “NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN OR YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE.”

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Trump also suggested that he had learned some rogue Iranian commander had ordered the drone to be shot down and so perhaps the incident did not reflect a policy decision of the Iranian government, presumably mitigating the wrong that was done. Was the original fire and fury necessary? He wants to be seen as tough; he does not want a costly........

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