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  • on October 2, 2009
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A serious military confrontation between the United States and Iran is possible. Iran was part of the Axis of evil. With Iraq now occupied by US forces and North Korea disarming its nuclear installations, the stage is set for a confrontation with Iran (Symonds).   President Bush and his Administration have redefined the war in Iraq, to an increasing degree, as a strategic battle (Hersh).
The US is actively mobilizing world opinion against Iran. It has pushed for tougher economic sanctions through the United Nations. It has expanded its military presence in recent weeks. Inside Iraq reports of Iranian made explosives and arms have been delivered by US officials. Iranian diplomats have also been arrested because of suspected ties with Iraqi insurgents. The US has also announced the sale of arms to its Gulf allies and Israel (Symonds). The shift in targeting reflects three developments. First, the President and his senior advisers have concluded that their campaign to convince the American public that Iran poses an imminent nuclear threat has failed (unlike a similar campaign before the Iraq war), and that as a result there is not enough popular support for a major bombing campaign. The second development is that the White House has come to terms, in private, with the general consensus of the American intelligence community that Iran is at least five years away from obtaining a bomb. And, finally, there has been a growing recognition in Washington and throughout the Middle East that Iran is emerging as the geopolitical winner of the war in Iraq (Hersh).
Former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami offered the US to end support for terrorist groups and stall efforts to develop nuclear weapons in 2003. This was rejected by the Bush administration. It marginalized the moderate factions in Iran and led to the emergence of more radical factions in Iran. This shows that the US wanted to set the stage for confrontation with Iran by the behavior of more radical elements of the...

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