… in 2011. Saudi Arabia is the major consideration underlying the ongoing Iran “crisis” – not, as is so often speculated, Israel.
Note from the linked article how utterly disproportionate the arms sales to S.A. were as compared to the rest of the “gulf” nations.
We just discussed this subject here.
Israeli rhetoric and bellicosity are misdirection. It is Saudi Arabia whose existence is increasingly threatened, not from Israel (of course) but from Iran.
Update: I’m not the only one who’s thinking that Israeli strike threats are a bluff.
For the thousandth time in the last 30 years, we are on the brink of “war” with Iran and must now mark the occasion with appropriate seriousness by trotting out that beltway military sage, Anthony Cordesman.
Has anyone noticed that this or that Iran flap has occurred on a cyclical basis for as long as anyone can remember? The “nightmare scenario” of a nuclear Iran with missile capability, Mr. Krauthammer?
Ever hear of North Korea? The government of Iran is a model of openness, stability and sanity by comparison, yet life on earth has not ceased because of nuclear North Korea.
Fair interpretation: all the serial sabre rattling over Iran is just so much bluster to keep everyone whipped up and dollars flowing to the Pentagon. After all, war is a racket.
Moreover, whatever you might think about Israel and their occasionally bellicose government pronouncements, they are neither stupid nor crazy. Thus an Israeli pre-emptive strike against Iran is not possible – except in theory. Not to mention that the country that most wants to see big changes in Iran is not Israel, but Saudi Arabia. Israel might oblige Saudi Arabia rhetorically, but they’re not going to play dog to Saudi Arabia’s tail.
Granted, the US might blunder into something just God-awful due to sheer armed hyper-activity coupled with abundant opportunities for miscalculation. But cutting against this is a track record of 30 years of empty posturing, a track record demonstrating phony brinksmanship and fakery and little else.
In sum, the whole subject has become wearisome. Kind of like bankster corruption: a lot of words flow, a lot of money changes hands and/or disappears, but in the end nobody does anything because it’s too hard.
The relationship between the media and the “establishment” is often far too cozy, as the flap over Julian Assange continues to demonstrate.
But this is of a slightly different kind.
The guy’s name is James Karger and he is, or was, a lawyer. But he has retreated to the desert hills of Mexico, apparently, and views relevant events from afar, albeit with a level of disgust that suggests he is not all that detached, yet.
Lawyers like James Karger are important, inasmuch as they see through the mountain of insane bullshit to get to the simple issue: if the feds, or some other government, isn’t going to prosecute or even investigate Jon Corzine over the MF Global spectacle, where do they get off investigating or prosecuting anyone?
I mean, let’s be clear about this. They’re still prosecuting lots of people. I am personally aware of prosecutions for “food stamp fraud”, “medicaid fraud”, and so on. And one in particular is such a lousy prosecution it’s astonishing they’re even doing it.
Some lawyers are coming to the conclusion that it’s time to surrender and stop fighting. But as Louis XV supposedly and famously remarked: apres moi le deluge