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The conflict in Yemen is not one that can be fixed easily. Trump's botched military raid certainly didn't help matters.

As the consensus around Trump's raid in Yemen—his first military operation, one that killed 25 civilians (including nine children) and a Navy SEAL—seems to be that it was badly planned and ultimately botched (perhaps that's what comes of late-night strategy sessions over dinner with Bannon and Miller), it now creates, as everything Trump has done so far, a negative ripple effect.

For instance: The Yemeni government summarily withdrew permission for the US to carry out operations on its soil, only to immediately backtrack after what can only be assumed to be orderly diplomatic negotiations with the Trump administration.

There were no signs that Trump had any inclination to do any humanitarian work in Yemen, where strikes from American ally Saudi Arabia have killed thousandsa third of them civilians—with little recognition from our government. Meanwhile shortages of everything from food to cancer medicine are slowly killing the rest of the population, all of whom are banned from visiting the US, it's worth remembering.

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Trump's main comments on the Iraq War since taking office have mostly been to bemoan the money wasted on it—which, fair—but also to complain that America never profited from Iraq's oil, even though that would have broken the Geneva Conventions. But he doesn't know what those are anyway.

It is impossible to distinguish bellicose rhetoric from real operational planning. A confrontation with Iran will probably not come soon; but in a year or two, when previous policies conceived under Obama have run their course, Trump may well feel that he has to show how much tougher and more effective he is than his predecessor.

Oh, good: Patrick Cockburn predicts President Trump's war with Iran is not too far away.
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