Introduction – May 20, 2019
The Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander’s claim that the U.S. is “afraid” of war with Iran is more than mere bravado. Elements in the U.S. military would be stupid if they weren’t at least hesitant about launching a military strike on Iran. For if that did indeed happen the consequences could be potentially catastrophic.
Iran has spent the past two decades preparing for such an eventuality so if conflict does erupt the U.S. will face a better prepared and far more formidable adversary than Saddam’s Iraq. U.S. military commanders know this, as do Iraq War veterans like Tulsi Gabbard, (quoted below).
The only people who seem unable to grasp this are National Security advisor John Bolton and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, both of whom will be far removed from the frontlines should conflict erupt.
Getting bogged down in another unwinnable war, while it is still trying to extricate itself from Afghanistan is the last thing the U.S. military needs, all the more so while Vietnam is still within living memory. Combined, these episodes would set the seal on America’s poor reputation as a military power.
Moreover, ordinary Americans don’t want another U.S. military campaign overseas. That’s one of the main reasons they voted for Trump in the first place and as late as January 2019 he still seemed ready to make good on that pledge.
….Likewise, do not want the Kurds to provoke Turkey. Russia, Iran and Syria have been the biggest beneficiaries of the long term U.S. policy of destroying ISIS in Syria – natural enemies. We also benefit but it is now time to bring our troops back home. Stop the ENDLESS WARS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 13, 2019
However, recent developments have now raised questions about whether Trump will indeed fulfil that promise? Or whether will he betray the voters who put him in the Oval Office with yet another war?
The U.S. does indeed seem to be preparing for some sort of military strike although possibly not directly on Iran itself. That’s because it would need to deploy a far larger force than is currently deployed. Rather, we suspect that the U.S. is preparing to launch limited military strikes on Iranian proxies in the region, such as Hezbollah forces in Syria, on Iranian backed Houthi fighters in Yemen and various IRGC forces in the gulf.
The trouble is that while the U.S. military may be planning to deliver limited strikes, things could easily escalate into a much wider conflict.
Of course this is exactly what Trump’s Zionist backers and advisors want. Even as Trump himself says he wants to avoid war his decisions, guided by Bolton and Pompeo, are making wider conflict much more likely. Ed.
IRGC Commander: America “Afraid” of War with Iran
David Millward – The Daily Telegraph.co.uk May 20, 2019
The US is “afraid” of war with Iran, the head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard said as tensions between Tehran and Washington intensified over the weekend.
Major General Hossein Salami told the Iranian state news agency, IRNA, that the country does not want war.
“The difference between us and them is that they are afraid of war and don’t have the will for it,” he said.
His remarks came against a backdrop of increased volatility in the region, with the US sending an aircraft carrier strike group to the Persian Gulf to counter an unspecified threat from Iran.
Major General Salami’s comments were dismissed by the US president on Twitter. “If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again!” Mr Trump tweeted.
The US Federal Aviation Administration has urged commercial aircraft to exercise caution when flying over the Persian Gulf, warning they ran the risk of being “misidentified”.
A similar misunderstanding in 1988 led to an American warship bringing down an Iran Air flight, killing all 290 people on board.
Iraq, meanwhile, has condemned as “political” a decision by US energy giant ExxonMobil to evacuate staff from a southern oil field after Washington ordered personnel to quit its Baghdad embassy.
Saudi Arabia responded to the escalating crisis by calling for a Gulf summit, adding that while the country did not want war it would defend itself if hostilities erupted.
“The kingdom of Saudi Arabia does not want a war in the region nor does it seek that,” Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir told a news conference on Sunday.
“It will do what it can to prevent this war and at the same time it reaffirms that in the event the other side chooses war, the kingdom will respond with all force and determination, and it will defend itself and its interests.”
In Washington Donald Trump has emerged as a dove within his own administration, telling his acting defence secretary, Patrick Shanahan, that he wants to avoid an armed conflict erupting.
It has put the US president at odds with John Bolton, his national security adviser and a long-standing foreign policy hawk, who has made little secret of his desire for regime change in Tehran.
Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, has also sought to lower the temperature by asking European allies to intervene with Iran.
Washington’s stance on Iran has put it at odds with European allies, notably after it withdrew from the nuclear deal negotiated by the Obama administration.
Over the weekend Tulsi Gabbard, an Iraq war veteran and Democratic presidential candidate, rounded on Mr Trump and Mr Pompeo accusing them of leading the country into a war with Iran.
“He says he doesn’t want it, but the actions of him and his administration, people like John Bolton and Mike Pompeo, tell us a very different story,” she said on ABC.
“They are setting the stage for a war with Iran that would prove to be far more costly, far more devastating and dangerous than anything that we saw in the Iraq war.”