"Groups with guitars are on the way out, Mr. Epstein"
Dick Rowe, A & R man
There's only one aggressive, Expansionist Regime in the Region & it's not Iran. You need only read up on the Oded Yinon Plan to dismiss Iran as a serious Regional threat.
It has only been only a few years since we heard the same inaccurate, "Hitler & the Holocaust" rhetoric & hyperbolic cheerleading from the pro War crowd or their deceived disciples. They were mistaken then as well as now.
What we didn't find in "WMDs"etc, we DID find in mangled, mutilated, burned & traumatized young Americans who continue to struggle with missing limbs & the cold-sweats of horrific nightmares.
Because of their inaccuracy, comparisons of Iran with Nazi Germany are as tiresome as they are factually flawed. It's impossible to name one country that Iran has annexed, attacked or invaded nor is Iran's old Jewish community persecuted. While their government is unappealing & fraught with feigned bellicosity, its leaders are neither irrational nor suicidal.
There is nothing alarming about Iran's ships joining in the posturing and surveillance near Yemen. The only increased danger is the heightened opportunity for a "False Flag" operation or provocation from a pro War element. If there is a lethal exchange, it will not have been intentionally caused by Iran.
US & Iranian Navy personnel have assisted each other in Search-and-Rscue operations, are used to & welcome opportunities to meet, exchange small gifts etc. Lemon & sugar coated pistachio nuts are a favorite Iranian treat among US sailors & Marines.
All it takes is a visit to Iran to find that they have a fondness for the American people. It is the egregious double-standard endemic to US Mid East policy that they justifiably resent.
Last edited by B'smith; 04-19-15 at 02:25 PM.
and it's not his job to explain any of this to the Middle East. it's his job to make a compelling case for nation building in America, and to keep making that case until it actually happens.
SA has a tiger by the tail, they can't win that by an air campaign, and if they go in they fight the Houthis
who are adept at guerilla fighting.