That which we call a war by any other name…

It’s been a bit over four years since a US-led coalition invaded Iraq and overthrew Saddam Hussein’s regime, and pretty much since day one Iran has done all it can to keep the carnage going, sustain the violence, and kill as many Americans and our allies as they can.

The fine fellows at Verum Serum have assembled a remarkably useful timeline of Iran-related events in Iraq dating back to August of 2003, and it’s amazing how much has been overlooked, downplayed, or just plain forgotten.

I’m wondering about a few things, though, and I thought I’d ask for some opinions from you folks.

1) At what point could it be argued that Iran has committed open acts of war against the United States?

2) At what point could it be argued that Iran has committed open acts of war against the duly-elected government of Iraq?

3) Are there any alternatives to the situation other than capitulating to Iran (by withdrawing from Iraq and letting them have their way in that nation) or massive military strikes to make the price of their actions too high to continue?

My own inclinations are 1) long ago; 2) long ago; and 3) most likely not, but I’d like to hear others’ thoughts on the matters.

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