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Trump Isn’t Ready for a Worsening Crisis With Iran

The president’s chaotic approach is extremely dangerous.

Everything’s fine.

Everything’s fine.

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

On present trends, President Donald Trump's administration is headed for a crisis that it has no capacity to resolve.

On Thursday, after Iran shot down a U.S. drone under disputed circumstances, the U.S. planned a military strike. Jets were scrambled, ships were positioned, and much of Washington waited in grim expectation for the order to shoot. It never came. At the last minute Trump decided to cancel the mission.