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Monday, December 09, 2019

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Will War With Iran Be Trump’s October Surprise?

Reprinted with permission from Tom Dispatch

Was Donald Trump's Jan. 3 drone assassination of Major General Qasem Soleimani the first step in turning the cold war between the United States and Iran into a hot war in the weeks before an American presidential election? Of course, there's no way to know yet, but behind by double digits in most national polls and flanked by ultra-hawkish Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Trump is a notoriously impetuous and erratic figure. In recent weeks, for instance, he didn't hesitate to dispatch federal paramilitary forces to American cities run by Democratic mayors and his administration also seems to have launched a series of covert actions against Tehran that look increasingly overt and have Iran watchers concerned about whether an October surprise could be in the cards.

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