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Come hell or high water, if there's war with Iran, Trump is done

By John Kass, Tribune Content Agency on

One of two things will cost President Donald Trump his re-election: a recession or a war with Iran.

The economy, so far, is thrumming along. But Trump's decision to kill Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the murderous architect of Iran's expansion into Iraq and Syria, a truly evil man with the blood of hundreds of Americans on his hands, may very well have put us on the path to war with Iran.

And that would break Trump's base. He'd be done in 2020.

On Tuesday evening, Iran launched more than a dozen missiles at two bases in Iraq hosting U.S. troops. Trump has said he would respond to such attacks, the only question is how.

The never-Trumpers, the stalwarts of the pro-war wing of the Bush Washington Republican establishment, loathe Trump. They supported America's disastrous, never-ending wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

They sold us on the invasion of Iraq by shrieking about all those weapons of mass destruction that were never found.

 

Now they sing Trump's praises for his killing of Soleimani. Trump voters hear them sing their song, and they worry.

For the pro-war Republican establishment wants an end to the Iranian regime, come hell or high water. It sees a nuclear Iran as an existential threat, to Israel and to the entire Middle East.

"If the Iranians hit American targets and American interests and American allies, we will respond militarily," said former Trump loather, now supporter, Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, speaking before Tuesday's Iranian missile launch.

"If they hit us again, I would not want to be working in an Iranian oil field," Graham said, "because I think the president is determined to bring this regime to its knees if they continue to be provocative."

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