Trump can hit the Middle East reset button, but he’ll probably ...

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Trump can hit the Middle East reset button, but he’ll probably blow it

ANALYSIS: Sporadic victories against Iran will change nothing in the long-term balance of power in the region

Juliet Samuel

Ding, ding, ding! In the fruit machine that is Donald Trump’s brain, the lever was pulled, the rollers rolled and then stopped on one symbol: boom! Qassim Soleimani’s fate was sealed.

Thankfully, the rollers didn’t line up for action last week, after Iran’s careful retaliatory strikes on US troops in Iraq managed not to kill any of them. Instead, Tehran ended the week dealing with its own mistaken missile strike on a flight carrying dozens of its own citizens.

It’s one nil to the fruit machine, then. Excuse me for my failure to celebrate. It’s not that I shed any tears over the death of Iran’s murderous, strategic mastermind. It’s more the feeling that this strike will go down in history as yet another of the US’s sporadic, tactical victories that changes absolutely nothing...

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