We are still living under the cloud of a shooting war with Iran. Trump blows hot and cold. One day he declares he does not want a war and even wants to talk with the Iranian leaders. The next day (today actually) he threatens that he will end them as a nation. It’s hard to follow.
Over the weekend, Colonel Lang pointed me to an opinion piece in the NYT. I found two on the subject. Maureen Dowd made the point that Trump doesn’t want a war. He wants maximum chaos leading to a negotiated good deal, just like he’s attempting with North Korea. The true danger is coming from that idiot Bolton. He doesn’t want chaos. He wants a shooting war and regime change. Ross Douthat is even more direct in his opinion piece, “Don’t Fight Iran.” Douthat also thinks Trump does not want a war, but notes Iran is not North Korea. War with Iran would be monumentally destructive and stupid. Hard to argue with that unless you’re Bolton or one of his neocon asshat compadres.
I found another article of interest coming out of Tehran rather than Gotham. It deals with comments made by the new IRGC commander, Major General Hossein Salami. He declared the US was already waging a full scale intelligence war against Iran.
TEHRAN (FNA)- Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Hossein Salami warned of the US full-scale intelligence war against Iran, saying that Tehran will defeat Washington in this front.
"We are able to defeat the enemy in intelligence war; breaking the enemy's will to use power means disarming the enemy," General Salami said, addressing the IRGC intelligence officials in Tehran on Saturday. He added that the range of the IRGC intelligence operations includes the Islamic Republic, the Islamic Revolution and the geography of threats against Iran.
General Salami warned that the US has launched a full-scale intelligence war against Iran which includes psychological and cyber operations, military moves, public diplomacy and induction of horror among people, meantime, saying that despite its ostentatious appearance, the US is suffering from "osteoporosis".
"Our other enemies act based on rules, similar to the US, and whenever they feel danger, they stay away from us. They believed that the more they increased the pressures, the more the Iranians more be reluctant to show reaction, but the Islamic Republic caused a collapse of their assumptions by means of its recent decision-makings and moves," he explained.
In relevant remarks on Wednesday, General Salami underlined that the enemies of Iran have exhausted all their attempts to defeat the country but in vain, adding that they have reached the end of line. "Our enemies have reached the end of the line", General Salami said, addressing the IRGC commanders. "This is the most decisive moment for the Islamic Revolution, because the enemy has come to the battlefield with all of its capacities at its disposal," he added.
General Salami also warned that Iran is "on the verge of a full-scale confrontation" with the enemies," adding that they are trying to crush the Iranian nation's resistance through "the strategy of maximum pressure and by using all of their capacities". However, they will fail once again to achieve their goal, he stressed. (FARS)
I like Salami’s characterization of the present situation as an intelligence war. For someone steeped in unconventional warfare, intelligence collection operations and various aspects of information operations, it’s a comfortable place to be. Too bad I have no idea of the nuances of what this means in Farsi. Salami said this type of war includes “psychological and cyber operations, military moves, public diplomacy and induction of horror among people.” And that bit about the "range of the IRGC intelligence operations" is certainly intriguing… confusing, but intriguing. Again, studying this in Farsi would be most interesting.
The danger in this characterization is that the current IRGC commander already considers us to be at war. It’s just a matter of degree. And a dangerous place to be with a blustering bluffer for a president and a warmongering fool as a presidential advisor.