Summary: All we need do is to strike Iran with all our hatred, and our journey towards the dark side will be complete.
After years of propaganda the US population has become eager for war, much like the people of Europe were in 1914. The wars of the 20th century and the first decade of the 21st barely touched America, leaving most of us ignorant of war’s terrible consequences. We cannot even see the rising fear of the US among the world’s peoples, shown in this June 2006 poll by the Pew Research Center — including supposed allies like Pakistan (see details here).
We’re at a point like early 2003 when our geopolitical experts casually discuss the likelihood of war, in a by-now familiar delusional way. No matter how good, card-carrying US geopolitical experts must shill for the next war (see examples for the Iraq war here). As in this report by George Friedman of Stratfor: “Rethinking American Options on Iran“, 31 August 2010 (logical and well-written, as usual). It has many levels worth examining. Note the three key elements.
(1) Our grasping at straws, such as Friedman’s belief that following a massive US strike at Iran …
- the US military can reliably take down Iran’s military and keep the Strait of Hormuz open.
- the risk of reprisals by Hezbollah has been “mitigated.”
- a Iraq government will be “quickly formed and Iranian influence quickly curtailed” (before or immediately after a strike).
(2) Our myopia concerning Iran’s retaliatory options. Friedman discusses the 3 mentioned above, but Iran is not limited by our lack of imagination.