A telegraphed war against Iran
In her seminal work Homefront: A Military City and the American 20th Century, the renowned Brown University anthropologist Catherine Lutz illustrated how the United States and its people have become socially, culturally, economically, politically and psychologically, a “society made by war and preparations for war.” Extremist pundits who adhere to this paradigm point to Iraq as a model of success, opining that the surge produced results, although calibrated redeployments to secure bases were probably the chief reason for reduced casualties. Few recall the million plus dead so far or spotlight their graves as a measure of success. Against this egregious contemporary record, many are now calling on President Barack Obama to rekindle the war for Afghanistan, by increasing the total number of troops in that hapless country. Others are far more sanguine, telegraphing a future confrontation with Iran as an inescapable obligation, in what can only be ascribed as a rabid frenzy for a bloodbath. Is war with Iran thus inevitable?