BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:40 A.M.) – US Secretary of Defense James Mattis stated that “if there’s trouble in the region, you find Iran,” during a press conference in Riyadh, Wednesday.

“Right now, as you all know, we watch Iran’s impact across the region, from the militia they maintain Lebanese Hezbollah, that they support in Lebanon. That militia is also contributing thousands of fighters and of course Iran’s got its own military inside Syria continuing to hold Assad in power,” Mattis stated.

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“Everywhere you look, if there’s trouble in the region, you find Iran. So, right now what we’re seeing is the nations in the region and others elsewhere trying to checkmate Iran and the amount of disruption, the amount of instability they can cause,” stated Mattis.

“We’ll have to overcome Iran’s efforts to destabilize yet another country and create another militia in their image of Lebanese Hezbollah,” the US Secretary of Defense added.

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    • I agree with you except that you don’t understand what NATO is and actually, while not being in, Russia is absolutely partner to NATO (I’m not joking at all!), thus, I’m absolutely for scrapping NATO for what it is as, what it was made for is now irrelevant. Thus most of its structure could be kept, it should simply be europeanised, in other terms : ONLY EU countries in, well, as they have more an European mindset than the US or UK, maybe Canada could stay but NO USA, NO UK and NO Turkey. Let’s be clear : the foreign policies of these 3 entities go against EU’s interests and the only interest NATO as it is now is to prevent Russia and EU from building good neighbourhood relation on the sole behalf of USUK.
      Now, Iran has visibly calmed itself a lot but through Hezbo as a proxy, it’s not wrong that they were deeply implied into international terrorism and it’s also clear that although often seen as positive in Lebanon, it’s unhealthy for ANY government to have a militia being a proxy for another country having yours as a main base and being more powerful than your country’s army, add to these that their manifesto vowing to destroy the southern-bordering state, as PLO was acting previously to them from Lebanon, ended being a magnet for the wrath of the aforementioned state. One must also note that the disarmament of HB was voted by UNSC thus shall be accepted by different actors. They also revealed themselves having became a very potent anti-terrorist force and now really behave like a regular army. It’d be much much much more healthy and also less a diplomatic problem, including for Iran as US have severe griefs against HB for good reasons, if they were integrated in Lebanese and/or Syrian regular armies under government control. It wouldn’t compromise their anti-terrorist actions but would put out of the table the past that has became a serious millstone, even if they clearly mutated and those who were implied in terrorist actions inside their ranks have disappeared. Note also that Neither Russia nor China opposed/vetoed the UNSC resolution and in such cases, an abstention when you have a veto-right is meaningful.
      What I recommand here is the ONLY clever thing to do to get over contentious that are running for decades and are a millstone for Iran, USA and several countries of the region exactly as NATO in its actual form is a burden to good relations between EU and Russia as the founding goal for NATO was to be able to confront the USSR so NATO is still focused on Russia while challenges have changed, as much HB initial goal is now void and finally creates useless tension while the challenge is now protecting populations from crazy jihadists.