US Defence Secretary Ash Carter has said that despite the nuclear agreement, the United States doesn’t want peace with Iran.
According to Carter, attacking Iran by surprise is one of the best things to come out of the nuclear deal, “One of the reasons this deal is a good one is that it does nothing to prevent the military option. The US and Israel could agree to disagree about the merits of the plan, but that the planning for an aggressive war against Iran would continue.”
This is the second time that the Pentagon Chief has made such a threat against Iran. He first made similar threats on July 14, the day the agreement was reached in Vienna between Iran and the P5+1. He insisted then that the US has tens of thousands of soldiers in the region and would keep moving military assets along the Iranian frontier to facilitate a future strike.
Some might say this is all about the Obama administration trying to appease a disgruntled Israel, and that the latest comments are designed to placate Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose objections seem to center around the pact getting in the way of his decades of agitating for war against Iran.
Say that to Iran. The official comments from Washington does add to the Iranian AND international mistrust of Washington in the wake of the deal, and whether they’re going to either renege on the pact or launch a unilateral war out of nowhere for no reason at all.
This is while according to the latest opinion polls, most Americans want peace with Iran. Iran has also made it clear that it doesn’t welcome war. However, if that happens, it will be the United States that will be cutting and running with its tail between its legs. That’s according to senior Iranian officials.
Now we know what the deal is really about. It is about constraining Iran’s military capabilities, ultimately paving the way for military action. It is never about a thawing in relations between Tehran and Washington. All this and more might happen. But two things are certain:
-With the military option always on the table, there will be no rapprochement between Tehran and Washington. The deal will not pave the way for joint military action against ISIL either. Iran has been helping Iraq and Syria to fight the foreign-backed terrorist group anyhow. There is no need to extend that partnership to the US, which has created ISIL either directly or as a result of its warmongering policies in the region.
-The nuclear agreement will not isolate Israel, as Western media would like to suggest. Just like the Republican Congress, Tel Aviv has denounced the deal, working round the clock to kill it come what may. Carter’s recent trip to Tel Aviv signifies that.
The Pentagon Chief has no expectation of persuading Israeli leaders to drop their opposition to the deal. He has even emphasized that the accord imposes no limits on what Washington can do to ensure the security of Israel and Arab allies.
In his words, “Our ability to carry out that strategy is unchanged. The Obama administration reserves the right to use military force against Iran if necessary. The US has discussed military options with Israel….”
The Pentagon Chief should take note though: In war, there are no unwounded soldiers. Anyone who has ever looked into the gazed eyes of American soldiers dying on the battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan will think hard before starting a new war with nuclear Iran. The sleeping giant is like a giant boiler. Once the fire is lighted under it, there is no limit to the power it can generate.