Well, major escalation at any rate. The New York Times tries to walk it back in a pro forma attempt to identify the aggressor. They get an “A” for effort, but “How did the confrontation escalate?” is not an answer to “Who initiated the aggression?”or “Who, if anyone, is the aggressor?” I discussed that issue here a few months ago. It’s come up here as well. (And here: Vicente Medina’s response to me.) I’m inclined to think that we’re the aggressor.
Here, by the way, is the Trump Administration’s idea of the case for war. Impressive, isn’t it? Reminder: the Iraqis danced a bit when we invaded Iraq, too. That was back in 2003, in case you’ve forgotten. The dancing didn’t last long; people found it hard to dance their way through the civil war that followed the invasion. Rest assured that some of the same people will dance on our graves when we finally prepare to leave the region. But never mind: I don’t at this point expect Secretary Pompeo to understand what would induce us to dance in the streets. No man can serve two masters.
A few relevant anti-war posts from PoT: one on the Gulf of Oman crisis this past summer (a slightly more distant instance of escalation); one on what we’re supposed to have learned from the Afghan War; one on what we’re supposed to have learned from our experience with wars generally; and one on complicity in and dissent against one’s nation’s wars. Feel free to add some more to the combox, if you feel inclined. (Anything relevant is fine, pro- or anti-war. I doubt I’ll have any sympathy for the former, but I enjoy the challenge of trying to figure out what the other side is thinking.)
There’s no way I will be able to keep up with the twists and turns of our leaders’ drive toward war (if that’s what this is). Suffice it to say that I’m against any such move toward war, and encourage anyone who agrees with me to make their sentiments known by the loudest and most effective means at their disposal.