Trump’s reckless Middle East rampage makes mad Bush’s rush to war look thoughtful

The US killing of Major General Qassem Soleimani and Iran’s subsequent response has raised fears of a full-scale war in the Middle East.

Former official of the Bill Clinton administration and philanthropist, Amed Khan, says this escalation of violence in the region is the likely brainchild of Donald Trump’s key advisers, who embrace the idea of a biblical prophecy to mark the end of times.

Amed Khan with Bill Clinton in September 2003, Srebenica, Bosnia
Image:Amed Khan with Bill Clinton in September 2003 in Srebenica, Bosnia
Philanthropist Amed Khan with the Peshmerga militia in 2016
Image:Mr Khan with the Peshmerga militia in 2016

The costs and consequences of American military misadventures in the Middle East since 9/11 are well-documented and almost indescribably astonishing.

Brown University project sets the financial cost to American taxpayers at over $6.4bn, to say nothing of the costs borne by our allies and the countries in which these wars have been waged.

These wars have killed 801,000 people, including 335,000 civilians and nearly 7,000 US military service members, and have forced 21 million men, women, and children to flee their homes.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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