Here we go, yet again, with the saber rattling and tightening sanctions, bringing us to the brink of a third, unnecessary war, this time with Iran - under the pretense of the threat of a potential nuclear weapon.
This isn't about that. The United States survived wonderfully under the dual, massive threats of nuclear annihilation from both the Soviet Union and China, for decades, and never felt so threatened as to threaten war (well, never mind the Cuban Missile Crisis).
The United States still possesses the most massive (or second most massive) nuclear arsenal in the world, and is certainly in a position to threaten anyone with 'mutual assured destruction,' in the event of an attack on anyone else. Surely, this suffices?
This is (still) about 1953, 1979, our wounded imperialist pride, and our misbegotten alliance with a Zionist Israel that is not a worthy ally.
We're still rankled by the fact that Iran elected a democratically chosen government following WWII, which subsequently nationalized their oil corporations, and threw out our imperialistic corporate dogs of capitalism in 1951. The U.S. and Britain retaliated in 1953 - when we summarily engineered the overthrow of that government and imposed our despotic puppet the Shah, whom the Iranians then tossed out rather unceremoniously, ungratefully, in 1979.
...oh, and of course, we simply must defend our poor, 'democratic' ally, Israel, forever under threat by the evil Arabs (and Persians) who have no right to feel threatened by an illegally nuclear Israel, which continues its blatant land grabs in plain sight, never eliciting enforced sanctions from anybody - only continually unenforced U.N. sanctions vetoed by the United States.
Israel has been actively threatening military strikes, and has a history of unprovoked attacks - Syria, and Iraq. Naturally, if any other nation had launched unprovoked attacks, it would immediately have been admonished, or threatened. Not Israel.
Blatantly, Israel does not represent the best interests of the United States, and in fact, acts against our best interests: Israel is the single most threatening nation in the Middle East.
The United States needs to 'stand back,' cease the sycophantic backing of Israel and the obsessive-compulsive condemnation of Iran, and become an 'Honest Broker.'
The United States needs to give up its piddling gripes with countries such as Iran, and begin dealing with countries, honestly.