Have our efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq been a prelude to a final solution with Iran?
Post-9/11, many people recognized Iran as a greater long term threat than Iraq, but numerous constraints, internationally and at home, made a direct response to Iran an impossibility. I firmly believe that the strategic decision was made to encircle Iran with the aim of eventually toppling the regime, which since the advent of Ayatollah Khomeini has been the single greatest supporter of Islamic terror in the world.
Not surprisingly, in all such wars, the final battles tend to be the most dangerous. We are approaching the end game and the timing and outcome depend on too many factors that are either unknown or unknowable.