In the past months the US has amassed tens of thousands of troops along the Iranian border. They've brought the number of carrier groups in the Gulf to 3, the largest naval presence in the region ever. They've even propagated a tape claiming "provacative actions" by Iranian speed boats against US war ships that ultimately was drawn into question by Naval commanders.
Now General Patraeus has put war with Iran at the forefront.
"President Ahmadinejad and other Iranian leaders" promised to end their "support for the special groups," said the general, but the "nefarious activities of the Quds force have continued."
Are Iranians then murdering Americans, asked Joe Lieberman:
"Is it fair to say that the Iranian-backed special groups in Iraq are responsible for the murder of hundreds of American soldiers and thousands of Iraqi soldiers and civilians?"
"It certainly is. ... That is correct," said Petraeus.
Earlier this week Israeli National Infrastucture Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer's threatened to eliminate Iran.
Ben-Eliezer had warned that "Iran will be wiped off the face of the earth if it dares to fire any missile at us."
But when Iran responded in kind, proponents of war with Iran were less than truthful about the motivations behind the comments.
Iran will destroy Israel if Israel attacks Teheran, Iranian Deputy Chief of Staff Mohammad Reza Ashtiani warned Tuesday[.]
Neo-cons like Charles Krauthammer want the US to pledge nuclear war with Iran in the event of a war between Israel and Iran.
It is time to admit the truth: The Bush administration's attempt to halt Iran's nuclear program has failed... It shall be the policy of this nation to regard any nuclear attack upon Israel by Iran, or originating in Iran, as an attack by Iran on the United States, requiring a full retaliatory response upon Iran.
We don't believe the American people are ready nor desire war with Iran. But as the anti-Iranian rhetoric increases and its proponents move to bring war into fruition, fears of a false flag incident as a catlyst for the US to enter into war with Iran grows.
Since the Democrat controlled congress refused to require Bush to seek specific approval before going to war with Iran, only time will tell if the rhetoric will evolve into action.