America's standoff with Iran is a textbook case of how to toss out a foreign policy landmine and then step on it.

The origins of this crisis of escalation, which has enveloped an attack on a Saudi Arabian oil facility, are the work of US President Donald Trump and his advisers. Now it might involve the US stumbling into a new Middle East conflict.

Trump launched his response days ago with staunch support for Iran's great rival, tweeting that the US was "locked and loaded depending on verification". Asked on Wednesday if he had seen evidence that Iran is behind

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