Philip Giraldi does an excellent job of summarizing Flynn’s warped worldview and its role in encouraging the Trump administration’s Iran obsession:
But the situation is actually much more dangerous than the usual Washington groupthink: Flynn and Ledeen have constructed a narrative in which the world is at war with a great evil and Iran is the central player on the enemy side. It is a viewpoint that is, unfortunately, shared at least in part by the new secretaries of defense and state and endorsed by many in Congress. This has consequently developed into a new sensibility about U.S. national security that is apparently driving the Trump administration’s responses to Iranian behavior.
As we have seen over the last few weeks, this Iran obsession leads Trump and his officials to exaggerate threats from Iran, accuse Iran of doing things they aren’t doing, and blame them for the actions of groups they don’t control. Inflating the threat from Iran is nothing new, as Giraldi notes, but the early and intense fixation on Iran as the source of all the region’s problems shows how eager the Trump administration is to exaggerate Iranian capabilities and influence. This isn’t a sober response to real Iranian behavior, but comes from a worldview that sees all Iranian actions in the worst possible light and attributes to Iran far more power and influence than it possesses. At best, this is a terrible way to make policy, and at worst it is a recipe for war with Iran in the near future.
Flynn’s tendency to see Iranian involvement where there isn’t any is extreme even by Washington standards, but the bigger problem is that this fantasizing isn’t likely to be called out by very many people in the media or in Congress. Many in Congress share the delusion that Iran has been “expanding” throughout the region, and they reliably echo Saudi propaganda about Yemen.
Trump and his advisers are reportedly contemplating deeper U.S. involvement in Yemen based on the lie that the war on Yemen has something to do with combating Iranian influence, and they aren’t encountering much resistance or skepticism because very few people can be bothered to understand the conflict and most don’t seem to know that Iran’s role in the conflict is practically non-existent.
This is very disturbing to me, in light of the reality that should the US government decide to go to war relatively soon against Iran, Russia will most likely aid Iran militarily.
And at the moment, as I have reiterated like a chipped CD, the US military does not have the weaponry; the troop strength; the money, or the manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war with Russia.
And Mr. President, as a Christian witness, I am calling you out on ANY further aid to Saudi Arabia, vis a vis Yemen.
Saudi Arabia is gleefully committing war crimes here, of an astronomical, and ghastly nature; women, children, and the medically fragile elderly are getting slaughtered, and the infrastructure is getting absolutely destroyed by Saudi forces. Additionally, Yemeni children are starving to death, because the Saudis have completely blockaded the ports, so food doesn't get in.
Do I need to remind you, Mr. President, that collective punishment is a war crime?!?
So you, and your staff, had better take a good hard look at the following images; this is what your "good buddy", Saudi Arabia, is doing right now in Yemen, and yes, the word "genocide" does come to mind:
By choosing to participate in assisting the Saudi military with their war crimes, by selling them the weapons with which to do so, and providing targeting, you have made the US government complicit in these war crimes as well.
And whoever told you that this was a battle against Iran that the US military could "win" in Yemen, is thoroughly delusional, sir; there's no "there" there.
No, Yemen’s Houthis actually aren’t Iranian puppets