The neocons are echoing Cato the Elder's cry, 'delenda est Carthago!'. Iran must be destroyed.
So far, Tehran and its ally Damascus have refused to respond to US naval and air incursions or Israel's growing air attacks in Syria. But the war of words between the US and Iran has now reached a critical phase.
Last week, Trump, who evaded military service during the Vietnam War, made his loudest threats yet against Iran, bringing the danger of war to the boiling point. On 21 May, the hard-line US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered a thunderous ultimatum to Iran during an address to the US Heritage Foundation, a rich, influential arm of America's Israel lobby.
Pompeo made 12 totally unacceptable demands on Iran that were clearly designed to be rejected by Tehran. Not since Austria-Hungary's ultimatum against Serbia in 1914 have we seen such a clear effort to bring about war. Tehran quickly dismissed Pompeo as 'a gangster.'