A catastrophe plays out in full colour

Knowing nothing of history and swayed only by his own ego, Donald Trump makes decisions based on what a reality TV character might do. But as the wrenching disaster in the Middle East demonstrates, his strategies have horribly real consequences, writes Marion McKeone

20th May, 2018

The cumulative catastrophe of Donald Trump’s seat-of-his-pants, shoot-from-the-hip foreign policy – and the suffering it has caused – was exposed last week. Thus far, the Trump administration had been relatively lucky in that the consequences of foreign policy fashioned from grievances and the never-ending quest for instant gratification have not morphed into catastrophic blowback.

Trump’s French, German and British allies may be furious with him over his abandonment of the Iran nuclear deal,...

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