As I warnedÂ duringÂ last year’sÂ incident with the British sailors and the Iranians in the Gulf, an indeterminate border between Iraq and Iran in that area is eventually bound to lead to more incidents, and now it’s happening:
“Iranian Revolutionary Guard gunboats harassed three U.S. Navy warships in the Strait of Hormuz Sunday, in what the U.S. military considers a ‘significant provocative act.’ Military officials told NBC News that two U.S. Navy destroyers and one frigate were heading into the Persian Gulf through the international waters of the Strait of Hormuz when five armed ‘fast boats’ of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard approached a high speed, darting in and out of the formation.Â At one point a radio message from one of the Iranian boats warned, ‘You are going to blow up within minutes.'”
The hopes of many that the National Intelligence Estimate on Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons program — i.e. there is no such program– may have averted war, are, as I predicted, a bit too optimistic. The War Party’s slogan, when it comes to Iran, is “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” As long as we’re in the Middle East, and specifically in Iraq, the prospects for war with TehranÂ proliferae by the day.