Trump’s Strategic Vision

Ordered to do so by Trump, U.S. forces assassinated Iran’s most important military commander. Iran’s supreme ruler has promised revenge. Tens of millions of Iranians who were preoccupied with opposing despotic rule of their country are now preoccupied with opposing the United States. 

Iran’s ruler must take revenge against the United States, as promised. Otherwise, he would look weak and fearful. Once revenge is taken, Trump must take counter revenge. Otherwise, he would look weak and fearful. What will come of this no one knows except that it won’t be good.

Can even the most slavish, opportunistic, feckless, cynical Trump supporters imagine that Trump’s actions are motivated by U.S. security interests? Trump will only do what he thinks is most likely to keep himself in power. That is the beginning and the end of Trump’s strategic vision.