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Trump's Iran crisis at a treacherous juncture

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23.06.2019

As shocking as it is to write this sentence, it must be said: Donald Trump did something right.

He finally noticed the abyss once he was right on top of it, calling off a retaliatory strike on Iran after belatedly learning, he said, that 150 people could die.

"I didn't like it," Trump told TV host Chuck Todd. "I didn't think it was proportionate."

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And thank God — and Allah — that he stumbled out just as he stumbled in.

It's breathtaking that Washington's conservative foreign policy mandarins would drag us back into Mideast quicksand when we haven't even had a reckoning about the lies, greed, self-interest and naivete that led US officials to make so many tragic mistakes in the region.

We sweep in with oblivious swagger, with most Americans not knowing the difference between Shiites and Sunnis, assuming we're going to swiftly kick butt in an asymmetrical cakewalk. And then we end up stalemated and playing into our enemies' hands, with hundreds of thousands dead and a $5.9 trillion bill for the post-September 11 wars — not to mention that Trumpworld has ended up deeper in the murderous House of Saud's embrace.

President Trump called off a strike on Iran.Credit:AP

The President blundered into the crisis by canceling the Iranian nuclear deal, tweet-taunting about the "end of Iran" and hiring the hirsute Iran warmonger John Bolton. And the President is such a mercurial blowhard, he could........

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