by Stephen Lendman
Will Obama wage more wars or won’t he? He’s already fighting multiple direct and proxy ones. November elections approach. Electoral priorities dictate policy. On the one hand, Americans are fed up with wars. More risks offending supporters who want current ones ended. Holding back gives Republicans a campaign issue. Acting tough against alleged enemies sometimes sells well. Smart money says not now.
Doing the right thing doesn’t matter. Imperial priorities take precedence. Odds favor full-scale Syrian intervention. Timing alone remains unknown. Consequences can wait for later. Will Iran be next?
On August 3, Haaretz headlined “Netanyahu: If Israel attacks Iran, I will take responsibility for the consequences,” saying:
He criticized Israeli security officials for suggesting they’re concerned about taking responsibility for agreeing.
Unnamed ones believe “Netanyahu remains steadfast in his determination not to rely on the United States, and can be expected to order the IDF to attack Iran in the coming months.”
Others think he’s bluffing. It’s “psychological warfare” to pressure Washington to attack. Asked about repercussions if he acts unilaterally, he said “I’ll go and say that I, I am responsible.”
Some with him said “he pounded the table and his chest with his fist.” His fuming didn’t stop. “I’ve had enough of this atmosphere,” he said.
Ranting shows poor leadership skills. It’s also reveals his megalomaniacal worldview. He menaces everyone regionally and beyond.