At least that’s the implication:
Iran warned Tuesday it would strike against an "enemy" threatening it if needed to protect its national interests -- even if the enemy didn't attack first.
Gen. Mohammad Hejazi, a deputy head of Iran's armed forces, said his country "will no more wait to see enemy action against us," according to the semi-official Fars News Agency.
"Given this strategy, we will make use of all our means to protect our national interests and hit a retaliatory blow at them whenever we feel that enemies want to endanger our national interests," Hejazi said.
Saddam Hussein’s biggest mistake was to allow the U.S. to build up a big invasion force and doing nothing about it, allowing the United States to get the initiative by attacking first. And he made this mistake twice.
I don’t think the people running Iran are going to make that mistake. As I’ve pointed out before, surface ships are sitting ducks against missiles, and the United States has a lot of ships in range of Iranian missiles. The issue here isn’t that the United States can’t defeat Iran in an all-out war, but that Iran can go down doing a lot more damage to U.S. forces than Saddam did.
I think that Obama is going to mess this up.