Iran’s defense minister: Trump could trigger “world war” and “destruction” of Israel if he provokes Iran
December 14, 2016 9 Comments
Well! I guess we’ve been warned.
During his campaign, Trump was strongly critical of the agreement that saw Iran agree to limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions on its oil industry and finances.
In September 2015, the billionaire told a crowd: ‘Any commander-in-chief worthy of defending this nation should be prepared to stand up on 20 January 2017 [inauguration day] and rip to shreds this catastrophic deal.’
He also called the deal a ‘disaster’ and ‘the worst deal ever negotiated’.
This has led to panic among US allies in the Gulf, Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan has claimed.
And so the Jackals circle and whine. My thought is that if Iran is hell-bent on having a war with the United States and our allies, as it has seemed since the 70s, then it would be best (least bad, really) to just do it now, before they get nuclear weapons. Ambitious sods, aren’t they? One remembers that Saddam’s Iraq fought this bunch to a stand still for 10 years, I see little to make me think they have learned anything.
Still, I suppose if they want to try this on, at some point we will have to accommodate them, even if to us it looks like a waste of blood (mostly theirs) and treasure. We do have maritime trade, and our allies, including Israel to protect, and maybe a sharp lesson would be salutary for others as well.
For me, the key lessons from the last 16 or so years are these.
- Think hard, before voluntarily going to war, it’s almost never a good idea.
- We have no mandate to fix every problem in the world. We do have allies we’ve pledged to defend.
- If one must fight, fight hard and win decisively.
- This ain’t the Pottery Barn, if we didn’t start the war, we have no obligation whatever to clean up the mess, or pay for it. We may choose to do so if we reckon it’s in our interest, but it’s voluntary. You want to play with the big kids, well the big kid rules are in play.