If so, then why signal it in advance so many times? While I suppose the US could use Israel as a proxy for such an unprovoked attack, it would be disastrous both short-term and long-term. The price of oil would soar even more and it would create generations of new jihadis.
Are the neocons in the US and the hard right insane enough to want this? Yes. But they’ve been sabre-rattling so long and so loudly, something which certainly gives Iran time to prepare, that I’m guessing it’s just bluster. At least I hope so.