When U.S. Democrats debated in Las Vegas last week, Iran didn't come up — which was remarkable considering Tehran and Washington were at the brink of war two months ago. But that's likely to change, OZY's Butterfly Effect column observes. Friday's Iranian parliamentary elections gave hard-liners a formidable majority, meaning it's not if, but when the country will resume provoking the superpower.
How does this affect the U.S. election? Any provocations will be a gift for President Trump, who can use them to justify his Jan. 3 drone strike that killed top Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.