In this article Cartalucci examines several past Brookings documents and Seymour Hersh's articles in light of subsequent events to see a rather perfect match to reveal the Empire's strategy to not only control the Middle East but as a integral part of a global imperialist policy involving Russia and China. This was apparently written just before the tentative agreement with Iran reported on the 3rd of April, however I don't think that really weakens his very alarming argument--it may actually strengthen it.
The ongoing conflict in Syria has always been a proxy conflict aimed at Iran, as well as nearby Russia, and more distant China. As far back as 2007, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Seymour Hersh warned in his 9-page New Yorker report "The Redirection: Is the Administration’s new policy benefitting our enemies in the war on terrorism?," that a region-wide sectarian war was being engineered by the US, Saudi Arabia, and Israel - all of whom were working in concert even in 2007, to build the foundation of a sectarian militant army.He also warns us that the recent "fall-out" between the US and Israel is pure fakery designed to accomplish deniability:
...Brookings details explicitly how the US will wage war on Iran, through Israel, in order to maintain plausible deniability.He concludes his alarming argument with this statement:
This is precisely the political charade implied by the Brookings Institution in their 2009 report as being necessary before any so-called "unilateral" action by Israel could be taken. In reality there is no row, simply a need for establishing plausible deniability ahead of an egregious act of unwarranted, unjust military aggression.
Such theatrics are but one troubling sign that aggression toward Iran is still very much in the cards, that current negotiations are but a smokescreen for preparations to strike Iran anyway regardless of what concession it is willing to make, and that such aggression may take place once the US and its regional partners believe Syria has been reduced to its weakest state possible - if outright regime change is seen as impossible.