JD: I read an interesting article and passed it along to you. I want to see what your thoughts are that Iran is preparing to go to war with Israel. We hear that all the time, is this more serious now?
KT: I think it is more serious. They have been building up to this for a number of years but look at what they’re doing piece by piece by piece. This is a long chess game. The Iranians remember invented the game of chess and they are clearly playing chess in both Syria and in Lebanon. They have now succeeded in essentially turning Syria just as they have done with Lebanon into a vassal state, a state which depends uniquely on Iran for its very survival. They have subordinated the Syrian military to their control.