As this site consistently notes, opposition to the US strategic position in the Middle East is not confined to leftists, Putin-lovers and cult bloggers. Divisions go deep into the US elites and in particular its military, who no matter how much they wish to inflict unlimited damage on anyone who stands in the way of the United States, it's not always practical to do so given the military and economic power of its chosen adversaries. The military contains a 'practical' wing which, faced with the military successes of its opponents, has to recognise the potential consequences of all-out war with them. It is therefore noteworthy that 'Mad Dog' Mattis, the most gung-ho advocate of exercising US military power in the Trump camp, was the most senior military figure to question the wisdom of breaking from the Iran deal

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