This NY Times editorial appeared recently. Its worthy of reading for it shows the push within the Trump administration to do to Iran, what the Bush administration did to Iraq. History may repeat itself.
Lawrence Wilkerson, chief-of-staff to Colin Powell back in the days of the administration of George W. Bush, saw the mistake he made being part of the push to make excuses to go to war with Saddam Hussein. Unlike many who don’t learn from their mistakes, Wilkerson learned from his, and is declaring that the same kind of thing is going on right now in the Trump administration to drum up support for a war against Iran. The neocons in their own arrogance and ideology are unknowingly doing their best to make sure the end times are off and running.
Of course, where Wilkerson is noting a war with Iran would easily be ten times the cost of the war with Iraq back in 2003, he doesn’t know about the Four Signposts. Ten times the cost would only be the beginning of the great costs to America and much of the rest of the world, what with the ending of the Petrodollar and the potential cut off of oil. There would be great misery what with the loss of oil and the loss of the western credit system. If the US goes to war with Iran, it could very well be playing with an awful destiny, one where the US is solely responsible not only for triggering the First Signpost and causing Daniel 7’s lion to stand, but now really getting things moving, causing the Daniel 7 bear to be commanded to chow down on many countries, starting the Second Signpost.
Though Daniel 7 and 8 tell us of the Second Signpost, we don’t know how it starts. But the US invading might be a very good candidate scenario. Indeed, I believe the only thing keeping Iran from running out over the Middle East is its fear of the US military. Russia and China will not stop Iran. The Muslim powers east of Israel can not stop Iran. The Iranian regime will not run out until it is ready, but once ready the only thing holding it back is fear of the US. If the US runs in and is defeated the regime will be free to run.
“Just over a month ago, the United States ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said that the administration had “undeniable” evidence that Iran was not complying with Security Council resolutions regarding its ballistic missile program and Yemen. Just like Mr. Powell, Ms. Haley showed satellite images and other physical evidence available only to the United States intelligence community to prove her case. But the evidence fell significantly short.
It’s astonishing how similar that moment was to Mr. Powell’s 2003 presentation on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction — and how the Trump administration’s methods overall match those of President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. As I watched Ms. Haley at the Defense Intelligence Agency, I wanted to play the video of Mr. Powell on the wall behind her, so that Americans could recognize instantly how they were being driven down the same path as in 2003 — ultimately to war.”
Wilkerson continues later,
“If we want a slightly more official statement of the Trump administration’s plans for Iran, we need only look at the recently released National Security Strategy, which says, “The longer we ignore threats from countries determined to proliferate and develop weapons of mass destruction, the worse such threats become, and the fewer defensive options we have.” The Bush-Cheney team could not have said it better as it contemplated invading Iraq.”
I wrote in this post Trump had surrounded himself with neocons. Trump himself is not one to back down as presidents Carter and Obama may have, but seems to be the type to step up to a challenge as Reagan and Bush have done. And with the Trump administration using the excuse that Iran is not meeting the Iran deal (false: it is meeting it, it’s just the deal itself is bad) among other excuses, it is looking more and more like America will be drawn into another Middle East war which will help the fulfillment of the initial Signposts in the Middle East.
How close are we to the Second Signpost? I don’t know. My guess is it will be during Trump’s first term, and not in a presidential election year. So that leaves this year or next. Watch. Be ready.