MISTERIOSO- “However, the price of the U.S. launching what would be an ongoing war….”
If you are referring to my 6/17 @ 9:59 am comment, then you miss my point. We are currently at war with Iran utilizing so-called soft power, proxies, etc, just stopping short of direct combat intervention. These are, however, acts of war. Previously, no empire has ever had such a devastating arsenal of soft power, including economic and financial power as well as technological power. Remember the Stuxnet attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities? We also support terrorist groups inside Iran. It may not seem like war to you because you are not on the receiving end. It is a form of hybrid warfare and is very, very serious.
An additional comment. We are at the end of the hydrocarbon era and on the verge of an ecological and financial collapse. The empire remains relatively strong and may derive benefit from precipitating a collapse hoping to control the aftermath of planetary chaos. No joke. Shut the Strait of Hormuz? Who will that hurt the most? Europe? China? Japan? If we push Iran hard enough they may retaliate to our RELATIVE benefit. Thanks to fracking, the US has a temporary surplus of oil and gas. The US neocons and the rest of the imperial war hawks have started this “endless war” to achieve global hegemony and won’t hesitate to destroy 3/4 of the planet to achieve their objectives. Economic/financial collapse is imminent in any event. Under these unprecedented conditions, anticipating imperial geostrategic maneuvers is tenuous at best. And, thanks to Russiagate, we have ended up with Pompeo, Bolton and Abrams, a flat-out war cabinet supported by the military and intel services.