Trump on foreign policy: Keep doing the same thing again and again expecting a different result

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American warships in the Strait of Hormuz near Iran, 2016. By Official U.S. Navy Page from United States of AmericaMass Communicatin Specialist 3rd/U.S. Navy Photo — CVN 69 transits the Strait of Hormuz, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=50322464

How wars start: one step at a time

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Iranian students invading the U.S. Embassy in Tehran as part of the Iranian Revolution in 1979. By Unknown — تصاویر تسخیر لانه جاسوسی — 100تصویر با شرح revolution.shirazu.ac.ir, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=44763608

In other words, Iran was subject to crippling sanctions for nearly thirty years.

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Source: The World Bank. https://data.worldbank.org/indicator/NY.GNP.PCAP.KD?end=2017&locations=IR&start=1978&view=chart

Imagine the response here if we had to endure such hardships.

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Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. By Daniella Zalcman from New York City, USA. Website http://dan.iella.net/.Cropped by en:User:Moshino31. — Posted on Flickr., CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3649780

So rather than continuing down the different road with Iran that started in 2015, Trump has taken us back to the failed approach of the 1990s and early 2000s.

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A Global Hawk drone of the kind that Iran recently shot down. By U.S. Air Force photo by Bobbi Zapka — http://www.af.mil/shared/media/photodb/photos/070301-F-9126Z-229.jpg, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6711631

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Mike is an Assistant Professor of Management for Legal and Ethical Studies at Oakland U. Mike combines his scholarship with practical experience in politics.

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