There is a profound strategic problem with respect to how Washington and Jerusalem deal with Tehran. Iran is no less motivated by Mahdism in its neo-imperialist strategy than the Soviet Union was motivated by Marxism-Leninism in its own imperialist strategy. Yet Washington and Jerusalem in their respective public rhetoric do not give any hint of having a counter-strategy to Iranian Mahdism. Iran is generally treated as a purely rational entity and no one appears to be formulating an ideological counter-strategy. For Malley and Biden is it all just one great bilateral misunderstanding between America and Iran and a series of diplomatic solutions are required leading ultimately to an envisioned alliance between Washington and Tehran. For Israel the problem is military in nature and the assessment in Jerusalem is that this problem will never be resolved before there is regime change in Iran.
What is distinctly needed is an integrated strategy to dismantle the Khomeinist empire. The question is the following: Will the United States allow itself to be deterred by Iranian weapons of mass destruction or will it take preventive action to defend its vital national security interests? The Iranian problem is only getting worse over time and so resolving it becomes increasingly complicated as the years pass.