Everyone has been focused on Europe and the inability of the various countries to agree on much of anything. However, you have been looking at the wrong crisis. Although Europe is a major crisis, and there is still some question about whether the Euro can survive in its current form, the real place to watch and worry has been the mid east all along. Syria is in the last those of collapse into chaos. Israel is on the verge of attacking Iran. The US and Israel have stated they are ready to send in special forces to get control of the chemical weapons. Egypt is in a political and economic mess. Iraq continues to suffer from sectarian tensions about to boil over. With the US gone Iran will surely be directly involved. The Saudis and their allies are intent to get rid of Iran. And through it all the US is nowhere to be found other than to keep saying now let’s all sit and talk and make nice, while Putin continues to say nyet. That vacuum of American leadership is now about to play out into what is very likely an all out war between Iran, Israel and very quickly the US.

Just look at the headlines of just this week. Panetta warns Syria is spiraling out of control. Susan Rice, the US ambassador to the UN said if Syria comes apart the whole mid east will get drawn in. Iran murdered Israelis in Bulgaria and Israel has vowed revenge-that means they will kill several Iranians and Hezboullah leaders. The pentagon stated that Iran intends to close the straits as sanctions cut oil shipments. They will be attacking oil terminals, tankers and the like. The US has sent an extra carrier battle group to the gulf. We have also been building more missile defenses and adding a number of our most advanced fighter aircraft in addition to that carrier group. Twenty countries will undertake a mine sweeping exercise in September in the straits. That is an exercise of twenty countries preparing for working together in case of war against Iran in case you missed the real goal of this exercise.

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