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The Non-Interventionist Mindset of of Donald J. Trump, an ongoing series

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The Peace Candidate continues to dismantle the American empire:

The Trump administration is considering a significant expansion of the U.S. military footprint in the Middle East to counter Iran, including dozens more ships, other military hardware and as many as 14,000 additional troops, U.S. officials said.

The deployment could double the number of U.S. military personnel who have been sent to the region since the start of a troop buildup in May. President Trump is expected to make a decision on the new deployments as soon as this month, those officials said.

The impetus for this was the disastrous consequences of his inevitable decision to renege on the deal Obama struck with Iran (as well as, of course, the lingering effects of the worst foreign policy decision in American history, made after an election the basically the entire media decided was inconsequential in 2000):

Iran has used the continuing chaos in Iraq to build up a hidden arsenal of short-range ballistic missiles in Iraq, part of a widening effort to try to intimidate the Middle East and assert its power, according to American intelligence and military officials.

The buildup comes as the United States has rebuilt its military presence in the Middle East to counter emerging threats to American interests, including attacks on oil tankers and facilities that intelligence officials have blamed on Iran. Since May, the Trump administration has sent roughly 14,000 additional troops to the region, primarily to staff Navy ships and missile defense systems.

At least the drone strikes have stopped! Wait, I’ll come in again.

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