Series like Game of Thrones and Lost don’t simply mirror politics in the real world. They show how pop culture "makes" world politics by premediating what is to come.
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While the trigger of last Thursday’s tanker attacks is more than likely Iran, culpability for the wider state of affairs remains squarely in Washington. Further, since limited reprisal strikes will not resolve this crisis but only harden Iran's resolve, Washington should work to rebuild trust with Tehran.