|Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln | Eric Power/US Navy|
The Iranian confrontation is especially dangerous due to a host of special conditions beyond our isolation on the issue:
- The enmity is deep and long-term. The chant, “Death to America” (and the 1979 hostage crisis), are manifestations of deep hostility that is part of the core legitimacy of the regime. Opposing the U.S. throughout the Mideast is the top propaganda point for their external relations.
- The Persian Gulf has massive armaments in very close proximity.
- Iran has proxies and allies in the Middle East with agendas and resources that can cause incidents, like rockets in the Green Zone and commercial shipping attacks, that the two powers must then manage.
- Regular communication helps avoid missteps and miscues, but we have none with their diplomats or military.