Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: 95 E300
Location: Inside my head
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Do you really think Israel is being duped by anybody, especially the USA? This war does absolutely NOTHING good for the USA and it offers an awful lot of bad outcomes.
One of the valuable outcomes from the Iraq war might be to have a sympathetic democratic Arab government on Iran's western border, between Iran and the Gulf states. Even better if it is Shiite-dominated. That could make it a useful foil against Tehran's messianic ambitions. But having the hated Israelis killing the Shiite Hezbollah can do nothing but create a rift between Iraqi Shiites and coalition forces. Mullah Sadr is exploiting that rift right now to enhance his own standing with Shiites beyond his own tribal base in Baghdad.
Also, it strains relations with sympathetic Sunni Arabs of the region. The USA definitely needs their good offices and having Israel kicking Arabs' asses, even if they are Shiites, is unhelpful.
Israel going to war is always bad for US policy.