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Scary stuff I was just told by a DOD official who works on the Middle East:

“The immediate Q is how will we respond. The bigger Q is how we maintain deterrence without risking full fledged war. I don’t know if the latter is possible in this heated environment.” /1
“Controlled escalation between 2 old adversaries who don’t talk directly is tricky business. All variables point to war. Only thing stopping this is the preference of Trump not to get involved in the region again. But we all know he’s erratic and can change his mind easily.” /2
“His two top advisers” — Bolton and Pompeo — “are ready to start shooting and we in the department don’t have leadership.” /3x
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