Seth Abramson @SethAbramson Attorney. @Newsweek columnist. NYT bestselling author of a book on Trump's Iran policy, Proof of Conspiracy (Macmillan, Professor. Jan. 09, 2020 1 min read

This is what I was writing about two days ago: Trump's allies—the ones involved in the 2015 "grand bargain"—are not *ready* for the final stage of the bargain to proceed: Netanyahu due to legal troubles, MBS due to PR troubles and a spying scandal, MBZ due to a spying scandal...

PS/ This is how it's possible for the story of this Iran tension to be both a hot-headed Mar-a-Lago escapade Trump consulted (maybe) only Eric and Lindsey and rando country-club guests about *and* a situation in which foreign actors eventually want to get Trump to war with Iran.

PS2/ Upshot is, some pretty dangerous people put their bet on Trump—stupidly—without thinking about the fact that he's unstable. They assumed they could get him to war with Iran on *their* timetable without realizing he'd just "poll the room" one day and nearly do it by accident.

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