War with Iran is imminently possible

The American public is being nonchalant about a possible future war with Iran. The U.S. has unilaterally torn up a presumably good-faith agreement with Iran and now sends Navy patrols near its shores and gives anti-ISIS U.S. troops in Iraq a secondary mission of keeping an eye on Iran. As Iranian leaders know, Americans do not want war and the American military is in a low state of readiness. As we continue to squeeze Iran economically, our naval or land-based troops may cross (or come very close to crossing) a border, and Iran might then take military action. Any American retribution may be seen by much of the world as the action of a bully. There will be immediate cries on all sides (probably including Russia and China) for patience. But rabid DJT supporters will howl for immediate punitive action. What then?

John D. Palmer

Huntington

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