Vince Dhimos answered a question at Quora.
Q: IS IRAN A SERIOUS THREAT TO THE UNITED STATES?
Let’s look at what just happened. The US on Friday launched a massive missile attack on Iranian personnel in Iraq, killing beloved Quds leader Qassem Soleimani, who, unlike the US personnel, were there at the invitation of the Iraqi government. The targeted Iranians were part of the Popular Mobilization Forces, which, though including some Iranians, are widely seen as part of the legitimate official Iraqi forces – though the US pretends they are somehow interfering and that the Iraqis want them out (in fact, the Iraqis by and large want US troops out, now). These personnel were tasked with fighting ISIS, a group that the US occasionally seemed to be fighting but which were originally Western backed (as explained here at Quora: https://www.quora.com/Are-there-any-sources-for-American-involvement-in-the-Middle-East-since-9-11-It-s-for-a-paper/answer/Vince-Dhimos).
Here is why this attack was deemed necessary by the US administration:
Firstly, Russia, China and Iran held joint naval drills in the Gulf of Oman last week and warned that any ships or aircraft not belonging to the 3-way coalition would be hit. Naturally, that made the US military look weak, because it had no response. The Israelis have been pressuring Trump since his assumption of office to attack Iran or help them do so. Worst of all, almost the entire Evangelical community voted for Trump based on his promise to support Israel in the Middle East. They believed, and Trump supported their view, that Iran was an enemy of Israel and therefore he should attack Iran. But since he did not, and particularly in view of the aforementioned 3-way naval drill involving Iran, he was pressured politically to “do something.” Killing the Quds commander Gen. Qassem Soleimani was this “something.”
The fact that it is seen as equivalent to “throwing a stick of dynamite into a powder keg,” as it was described by one observer, is of no concern to Trump and his followers. The entire Middle East can erupt in flames and he will be delighted if this wins him votes this year.
The problem for the Republicans is that this "stick of dynamite in the powder keg" will elicit a response from Iran, and that response could trigger a war that Trump does not want even though he must appear to be unafraid of such a war (to please Israel and his constituents). It is a tightrope act, fraught with risks for him. The Democrat leaders have already denounced this act of “terrorism,” as the Iranians have labelled it, as very dangerous (not that they would have done something less dangerous). If it leads to a conflagration in the region that draws US troops into deadly action, it could hurt Trump’s chances in the upcoming elections, particularly since Trump, in his campaign, took aim at former president GW Bush for his reckless war adventures. Presidents routinely start wars or military confrontations just at the end of their first year in office in a bid for re-election. The voters seem not to notice that people on both sides then die for the specific purpose of garnering votes rather than for protection of the American people. If enough of them woke up, the political system would be at risk.
Westerners live, grow up and, for the most part, die in a kind of labyrinth similar to the matrix in the movie by that name. The labyrinth is designed and tended by the US war-banking Establishment and the genius of it is that it doesn't just herd the people like sheep, but makes them want to do the Establishment’s bidding because they are gently indoctrinated through media sleight of hand, using selected cultural linguistic triggers, and through powerful undercurrents of their own culture, particularly “Christian” Zionism, to think they want the things the Establishment wants. Every word out of every politician’s mouth, and every word written or spoken by “journalists” of the corporate media (both R and D) reinforces this induced desire for the very things they would ordinarily abhor if it were not for this combination of propaganda and cultural triggers. They routinely wake up from their induced trance after the damage is done (as they did following the Iraq War).
Their entrapment in this labyrinth is labelled “freedom.” It has led to a ballooning debt and endless wars.
The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule by their own power; and My people love to have it so. But what will you do in the end?