Fintan O’Toole: A Trump war now looks inevitable

The blowhard president is poised to bumble into a major military conflict

Military footing: Donald Trump salutes coastguards shortly after firing FBI head James Comey. Photograph: Getty

Military footing: Donald Trump salutes coastguards shortly after firing FBI head James Comey. Photograph: Getty

From the beginning of Donald Trump’s presidency there has been a question: when he runs out of phoney wars will he have to start a real one? President Trump’s only language is conflict, his only appeal the visceral pleasures of setting Us against Them.

What has not been clear, though, is whether he would be able to contain the necessary conflicts within the sphere of violent rhetoric or whether the red meat he feeds his base would have to be, in the end, actual human flesh.

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