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Trump's Simple Re-Election Gambit--War With Iran

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He then claimed--falsely--all U.S. forces have been pulled from Syria when approximately 1,000 troops are still deployed there.

Since May, the Pentagon has added 14,000 soldiers to our Middle East presence.

He tweeted last Wednesday:

"....IN THE HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY! We went to war under a false & now disproven premise, WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. There were NONE! Now we are slowly & carefully bringing our great soldiers & military home. Our focus is on the BIG PICTURE! THE USA IS GREATER THAN EVER BEFORE!"

A U.S. Air Forces Central Command report from last month confirms we launched the most Afghanistan airstrikes in over a single month in ten years.

We have increased airstrikes in Libya and continue our proxy war in Somalia.

Trump is not the first president to use the military as a re-election strategy gambit.

James Madison became our country's first wartime president during The War of 1812, setting a precedent where no incumbent president has ever lost re-election during a time of war.

Ronald Reagan tried it back in 1983 with an invasion of the tiny island of Granada.

His successor George H.W. Bush did it with his "100-hour war" with Iraq, known as "Desert Storm" in 1991.

In 1999, then Texas Governor George W. Bush reported to journalist Mickey Herskowitz:

"If I have a chance to invade... if I had that much capital, I'm not going to waste it. I'm going to get everything passed that I want to get passed and I'm going to have a successful presidency."

Then came September 11, 2001, after Bush ignored repeated intelligence warnings Osama bin Laden was intent on attacking the United States.

Herskowitz said:

"Suddenly, he's at 91 percent in the polls, and he'd barely crawled out of the bunker."

Two years later the United States invaded Iraq, a country that had no hand in the fateful attacks, and posed no existential threat to our nation's sovereignty.

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