Citing Iranian involvement with Iraqi militias and Tehran’s nuclear ambitions, the Bush administration has shifted to offense in its confrontation with Iran — building up the U.S. military in the Persian Gulf and promising more aggressive moves against Iranian operatives in Iraq and Lebanon.
The behind-the-scenes struggle between the two nations could explode into open warfare over a single misstep, analysts and U.S. military officials warn.
Iraq has become a proxy battleground between Washington and Tehran, which is challenging — at least rhetorically — America’s dominance of the Gulf. That has worried even Iraq’s U.S.-backed Shiite prime minister, who — in a reflection of Iraq’s complexity — also has close ties to Iran.
Iran and the United States are already sparring on the ground.
Make no mistake about it, if a war with Iran is triggered, it will be no freakin’ accident! BushCo has been working up to this for a long time and some folks can’t wait for it to happen… Enter Jules Crittenden, the sometimes Boston Herald columnist and wingnut blogger, who thinks and hopes “George Bush does” go to war with Iran:
“I’m kind of hoping and expecting it will happen on purpose.”
Here we go again…