I am told that within the constraints of the position which the president took today at Riga, his inner circle is going about the business of constructing a "consensus" (ijma’?) of Sunni Middle Eastern forces to oppose the rise of Iran as standard bearer of Shia (surely 12er) Islam in its once in a millennium effort to be the "master" in the Islamic "House."
Turkey, Shia Iraq, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the rest of the GCC, Israel and, of course, the US are being summoned to an apocalyptic struggle against the Iranian Mullahcracy (never my favorites). Syria is being pressured to join the "combination" against Iran, but, as usual, without "carrots."
What does this mean? It means that very defective understandings of the Middle East still rule American foreign policy.