This morning I admitted on the email exchange with some friends that I do not understand entirely what it is that POTUS is doing by ramping up the potential for major conflict with Iran.
When I say I do not understand entirely I mean that I do not understand at all. I have given up on thinking I understand.
In response, one of the participants, who happens to be Jewish, enlightened me in this fashion. Typos are left intact :
"Here's what I think...Israel is the shot caller in this deal. Trump has aligned himself with the evangelicals world wide ( Russia has tons of true believers) that have this abiding interest in the maintenance of the State of Isreal as they think Christ is somehow there, around, free floating in a cloud of weed, or , at minimum, turning vinegar into vodka.
He is up to his neck with Netanyahu...the perfect foil for his anti Iran, non theocratic regime change agenda. Netanyahu is a right wing, militarist, believes that the best Palestinian is a dead one and supports a two state solution because he knows it's PC but will never happen on his watch.Right wing, Jewish fundamentalists with an requited passion for "pure" Zionism dominate Netanyhoo's thinking. His father was Benzion Netanyahu, an Israeli scholar, and right wing zionist said, "The tendency to conflict is the essence of the Arab. He is an enemy by essence. His personality won't allow him to compromise. It doesn't matter what kind of resistance he will meet, what price he will pay. His existence is one of perpetual war." This is what his son believes as well.
Netanyahoo and Trump's agenda's merge but for totally different reasons. Netanyahu wants a non nuke Iran so there isn't a threat to the state. Trump wants to preserve Israel ...not out of any love for the Jews...but to maintain his little block of evangelical right wing jagoffs. Most of his right wing evangelicals want most Jews dead...but they want access to all the holy sites Israel controls. The Manger, the audio animatronic Creche with lifelike baby jesus, The Mount at Calgary and all the other stuff.
In the meantime, while Trump reimposes sanctions with the full blessing of Netanyahoo he is sending arms and ammo to Israel at an unprecedented rate. Isreal has never been more war ready than right now. If war did break out between Israel and Iran no Euro allies would come in. But Isreal bomb Iran back to the stone age in about three days. That would put an end to the threat but destabilize Iran more than it already is, make it a rebuilding expense for the US ( trump would not care...and send the dough)...So, we'd be in another quagmire...with Netanyahoo smiling as he is in a win/win or no lose position.
Netanyahoo is just itching for the greenlight...and I'm sure the deal Trump worked out with Putin is to look the other way when Israel strikes. Putin also loves the evangelicals. The current ratcheting up of sanctions post exit from the Nuke deal and Helsinki is designed to make Iran the aggressor, give Israel an excuse to go in and take out the mullahs...and have the US and United Nations install a pro west pro Euro puppet. Trump is doing all Netanyahoos work for him. Huge mess.
How big a threat is iran...their economy is the size of Marylands. BFD. Our next Vietnam fought by the Israelis with surgical precision and we'll do cleanup.
Jared Kushner going back and forthto make peace and prosecute a round of two state talks is purely for show. Like...hey.." we're working on it". Yeah right."