FAST FIVE: Will A False-Flag Iran War Cause A Financial Crisis?

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Gas prices jump, workers can't afford their commute, the economy slows dramatically and pretty much everyone other than domestic energy companies suffers badly.

Second and potentially more serious, the pretext for this war is so blatantly false that it risks destroying what little credibility the US government has left.

Think about it: With the US doing everything it can to delegitimize and destabilize Iran while positioning assets for an invasion, Iran's leaders – start attacking oil tankers in its offshore waters.

The US staged a naval engagement – the Gulf of Tonkin incident – and blamed the North Vietnamese, providing a pretext for entering the Vietnam War.

As Mr Trump confronts Iran, he carries the burden of their history and his own.

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