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Will War Wipe Out Trump’s Chances For Re-Election?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Not infrequently, foreign policy has proven decisive in presidential years. Lyndon Johnson saw his party shattered and chances vanish with the Tet Offensive of 1968, Eugene McCarthy’s moral victory in New Hampshire, and antiwar candidate Bobby Kennedy’s entry into the race. Jimmy Carter’s feckless response to the seizure of U.S. hostages in Iran consumed the last year of his presidency. The critical foreign theaters where Trump could face problems with his presidential re-election include Afghanistan, Iran and North Korea. In former times, a confrontation or shooting war often benefited the incumbent, as there was almost always a rallying to the flag. Those days are gone. This generation has had its fill of wars.