Banging the war drums against Iran appears to be the first major mistake of the God-Emperor’s administration:
The big problem right now is Iran. Well, not Iran itself, of course, but the stupid anti-Iranian rhetoric of the Trump campaign before the elections. My biggest fear is that while Trump and the people around him have apparently come to the (correct) conclusion that they cannot bully Russia into submission they have decided that they could do that with Iran. If that is really their plan, then they are headed for a major disaster.
For one thing, Iran has been living with the threat of a AngloZionst attack for 38 years, including 23 years of Neocon power in the USA. To think that right now they will be suddenly really be frightened and will meekly comply with Uncle Shmuel’s demands is very naïve. The Iranians have been preparing for a war against the US and Israel for almost a quarter of a century – they are fine ready, both militarily and psychologically. Oh sure, the US can most definitely strike at Iran with cruise missile and air-strikes, but at what cost and what would that exactly achieve? In terms of achievement, it would have a beneficial psychotherapeutic effect on those Americans who feel insecure about their military size and who want to feel big and powerful again. It will also kills plenty of Iranians and destroy some unknown amount of Iranian targets, including possibility missile technology or nuclear technology related ones. But it will not change Iranian policies by even a tiny amount, nor will it prevent Iran from further pursuing nuclear or missile technologies.
But this has never been about nuclear or missile technology, of course. That is all nonsense, “informational prolefeed” so to speak.
In reality this was always about only one thing: Israel wanted to be THE regional superpower in the Middle-East and Iran was to be prevented from threatening this monopoly status by any means. In other words, if an Islamic country is mismanaged and run by incompetent fanatics, this is great. But when an Islamic country is run by a wise and extremely capable leadership which cannot be overthrown due to the fact that it has popular support, then this Islamic country becomes an absolutely unacceptable precedent. And Iran, with its advanced technologies, powerful military, strong economy and generally successful political and social model is an immense affront to the racist delusions of the Zionist regime in Palestine. Add to this that Iran dares to openly defy the United States and you immediately will see the real reasons for all the sabre-rattling and constant threats. The problem for Trump is exactly the same as the problem for Obama, Dubya or Clinton: the US cannot win a war against Iran. Why?
Because a war has to have some political objective, a definition of what “victory” means. In the case of Iran, there is no possible victory. Even of the US launches 1000-2000 missile strikes against Iran, and all of them are successful, this will not be a “victory”…
Furthermore, I submit that Iran is powerful enough to prevent any policy being successful in the Middle-East unless Iran at least passively okays it. In a way, Iran’s position in the Middle-East is similar to the Russian position in the “near abroad” (the former Soviet Union): while Iran/Russia cannot impose anything against everybody, Iran/Russia can veto/prevent any policy or outcome it does not want.
The main consequence of this is that even if Iran decided to completely renounce any kind of retaliatory counter-attack against the US or Israel, Iran could painfully retaliate against such a strike by simply telling Trump “we will make darn sure that you fail everywhere, in Iraq, in Syria, in Pakistan, and Yemen and everywhere else in the Middle-East”. And that won’t be an empty threat: the Iranians absolutely can deliver on it.
I have to admit, I fail to see ANY point in the US engaging with Iran at this point in time. Nuclear proliferation is going to happen; I have no doubt at all that Iran already possesses nuclear weapons of one sort or another. Perhaps that is what is driving this unexpected foreign policy belligerence on the part of the administration, perhaps the Israelis have told Trump that they will deal with it if he doesn’t, I don’t know.
It’s also possible that this is Trump’s customary A/B testing; he’s shut down the neocons on Russia, so he’s giving them their head on Iran. So far, they’ve failed with their special ops mission in Yemen, and I have no doubt that if they manage to make matters worse in the Middle East with their anti-Iran rhetoric, he’ll send them packing just like he did with Chris Christie.
There would be something to be said for that if it weren’t for the fact that the neocons have gone from one failure to the next for nearly 16 straight years. However, the silver lining is that I trust the God-Emperor to pull the plug on them once things go south, as they almost certainly will.
In any event, no one is going to solve the Middle East. It’s not the West’s problem and it’s not within the West’s power to resolve the situation, so it would be much better to simply stay out of it and let the various parties there sort it out among themselves.