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

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In 2011, Donald Trump tweeted the following:

"In order to get elected, @BarackObama will start a war with Iran."

Nearly a year later, he followed with:

"Now that Obama's poll numbers are in tailspin watch for him to launch a strike in Libya or Iran. He is desperate."

Two weeks later, Trump tweeted:

"Don't let Obama play the Iran card in order to start a war in order to get elected--be careful Republicans!"

This indicates a lot about how Donald Trump thinks the way presidents win re-election.

Although Trump's prognostication about Barack Obama starting a war with Iran was incorrect, Trump is planning on doing what he accused Obama of intending now that the House of Representatives is in full impeachment-inquiry mode and the tide of public opinion is beginning to turn against him.

This week, the Trump administration agreed to send nearly 2,000 troops and advanced military equipment to Saudi Arabia in an attempt to thwart threats from Iran.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper told reporters at the Pentagon on Friday:

"I have ordered the deployment to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia of two additional fighter squadrons and supporting personnel."

That personnel includes two batteries of soldiers, an Army unit manning Patriot air-defense missiles, two squadrons of fighter jets, and 3,000 soldiers.

Yet Donald Trump insists on a promise he repeated on the campaign trail about extricating the U.S. military from foreign entanglements.

On Monday, he said:

"We want to bring our soldiers back home. These are endless wars."

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