Has Trump set the table for direct confrontation with Iran, you bet? But as far as the general public is concerned the US is not yet at war with Iran, and with Trump perception is everything.

Incompetent as Trump is, however, odds are good that this thing will get out of his control and it will become a horrendous mess, for as we know everything he touches dies.

Jim Ridgway, Jr. military writer — author of the American Civil War classic, “Apprentice Killers: The War of Lincoln and Davis.” Christmas gift, yes!

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