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A history lesson on Iran for the president

A history lesson on Iran for the president

Imagine a debate has begun in the White House over finding a pretext to attack Iran. The country’s vilification of Israel, its support for Hezbollah and terror, its designs for control of Syria and its jailing of Americans had all been fleshed out. Before any decisions are made, President Donald Trump will need a history lesson from his security advisers. Here’s how the conversation could go:

“Bad,” says POTUS. “Bad.”

The national security adviser then begins to list a number of reasons why the leaders of Iran act the way they do: "We do need to understand Iranian perceptions a bit. There's the 1953 coup; it overthrew a democratically elected government in...

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