Old grudges, new weapons is the US on the brink of war with Iran?

While American hawks talk up an imminent threat from Tehran with no hard evidence, echoing the start of the Iraq conflict, hardliners are in the ascendant in Iran For better or worse, America remains the worlds leading military superpower. In Washington last week, a familiar row erupted over how best that power should be used. Past targets have included Soviet Russia, al-Qaida in Afghanistan and Saddam Hussein in Iraq. Today the international bogeyman topping the White Houses to-do list is Hassan Rouhani, Irans moderate president, and his alliesto fend off US pressure becomes more evident. Defiant Iranian rhetoric is flying hard and fast. Scorning Americas gun to the head, the Revolutionary Guards general Saleh Jokar warned last week that Iran …

Iran-US tensions are reaching new heights and neither is likely to blink

Long-term standoff threatens to turn into crisis after alleged sabotage of two Saudi tankers A festering four-year war, crippling sanctions, threats to maritime oil trade and a US naval battlegroup steaming for the Persian Gulf. Such developments were troubling enough, before two his signature nuclear deal for kickstarting Irans adventurism. While Obamas gestures were hardly seen in Tehran as trust-building measures and did nothing to slow a regional consolidation, Irans ascendancy started before him and has continued since. Members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard arrive for a ceremony marking the 40th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution in February 2019. Photograph: Abedin Taherkenareh/EPA Tehrans view has been rather different. It views the US as a capricious actor whose presence and …