Aaron Blake of the Washington Post –
The president who once mused about a president attacking Iran to win reelection has now inched closer to war with Iran — in his own reelection year. But if President Trump truly thinks a new war in the Middle East might help him win, he might want to think again.
Ever since the controversial decision to kill a high-ranking Iranian military official in Baghdad, Trump’s critics have anxiously pointed to his past commentary on the politics of war with Iran. Trump repeatedly in 2011 and 2012 predicted Barack Obama would attack Iran because it was the only way he would be reelected.
Trump was doubly wrong: The attack never came, and Obama won comfortably anyway.