The unraveling of the 2015 Iran nuclear plan is currently boosting with Iran’s announcement Wednesday that it is going to quit complying with certain parts of the contract.
The phase is placed for a battle between an unabashedly bellicose the United States and an equally defiant Iran. It may all be, as some analysts have suggested, a “game of chicken,” however this sort of “game” also can result in a head-on collision.
All the components are actually in place for a confrontation that could be the most important outbreak of warfare since the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq, with some of the same players leading the charge.
The most likely architect of this high-risk approach is US National Security Adviser John Bolton, a hawk’s hawk who has no regrets about cheerleading Washington’s 2003 Iraq catastrophe and seems equally decided to obtain his country to the brink with Iran.
This is certainly a man who has long consorted with the cultish Mujahadeen-e-Khalq Iranian opposition group (until 2012 on the State Department list of foreign terrorist organizations), and who in 2015 wrote an op-ed in the New York Times titled, “To Stop Iran’s Bomb, Bomb Iran.”
Bolton is also a great admirer of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has for years urged the US to take a harder line on Iran, and who has found a very compliant audience in the Oval Office.
The “intelligence” that triggered Bolton to problem his declaration on the deployment of the American aircraft carrier group led by the USS Abraham Lincoln reportedly came from Israeli National Security Adviser Meir Ben Shabbat, who met his US counterpart in Washington last month.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who had made an unannounced visit to Baghdad, is equally belligerent on Iran.
It’s almost all a big echo chamber in which the Trump administration hears only what it really wants to hear.