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Therese Raphael

Iran Exposes Boris Johnson's Brexit Bombast

The Royal Navy needs help, as the likely new prime minister is about to discover, to his chagrin.

Facing an Iran problem.

Facing an Iran problem.

Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin may be the world masters of the tactic, but Boris Johnson also understands the appeal of diversionary foreign policy. He made a career out of picking fights with the European Union — winning validation in the 2016 Brexit referendum and, very likely, in soon becoming his party’s choice to succeed Prime Minister Theresa May.

Now, however, Johnson stands to inherit a foreign policy crisis that makes an already difficult job a lot harder.