Jean MacKenzieNovember 9, 2013 08:11
'Americans need a foreign villain,' writes Georgetown University's Paul Pillar. The government, he explains, requires a bogeyman to convince its citizens that foreign wars are worth fighting. 'As for who can play that role, Saddam Hussein is gone … and now [Osama] bin Laden is gone, too. Well-suited on several counts to play the current role of villain is that other state on the Persian Gulf with oil resources and radical politics: Iran.'