The US, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and any countries in the EU who would participate in preemptive actions against Iran should take the recent missile tests and comments by the Iranian military for exactly what they are: bluster, hissing, "scary" defensive noises and shows from an animal that knows it's cornered and fears being struck in the near future.
Let's break down the recent comments coming out of Iran about the missile tests and discuss reasonably, below the squig.
An Iranian military commander said that his country has detailed contingency plans to strike nearly three dozen U.S. military bases in the region should Iran be attacked, local media reported Wednesday.
...SHOULD Iran be attacked.
Brig. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force, told reporters the U.S. has 35 bases around Iran and all are "within the reach of our missiles" and could be hit "in the early minutes after an attack,"... The bases were no threat but instead an "opportunity" for the Iranian military, Hajizadeh said last month..."Hisssss, I'm strong, you can't hurt me, buuuut when you do hurt me I can strike your bare leg before you have time to get out of the way or block me."
Hajizadeh's claims come as the IRGC conducts a major military exercise in which it has fired a barrage of missiles at "mock enemy bases" set up in the Iranian desert. Another IRGC commander, Brig. Gen. Hossein Salami, told reporters Tuesday the main aim of the drill "was to demonstrate the Iranian nation's political resolve to defend [its] vital values and national interests," according to Iran's state-run Press TV."We're showing you exactly how we'll respond if you strike us, exactly what we'll use to do so, and exactly how long it will take to do so against your bases at different distances. If you're not sure yet, countries planning sneak nuke attacks don't do this first."
Press TV paraphrased Salami's description of the drills as a "firm response to those who threaten Iran with the option of military action."
Personally, I think the recession beginning toward the end of Bush II's reign contributed significantly to the decision NOT to strike Iran. While I think Obama has no interest in any direct action against Iran beyond sanctions and cyber attacks, it would behoove him to use scenarios like the recent tests and the comments from Iran that followed as a reminder to his generals who head an organization that exists to kill, destroy, and conquer: they're scared, they implicitly acknowledge they're in a corner, and we don't poke snakes/feral cats/whatever with sticks or worse unless they're going to bite someone.
Iran knows that it's glass if they ever shot a nuke or let off a dirty explosive, and that their attempts at rogue actions around the world have been blunderous failures (see Thailand incident). Let's encourage our leaders to be the level-headed adults in the room about how dangerous that snake really is.