This is how Richard The Lionheart bankrupted the treasury on the crusades and the Romans with overexpansion.
Anybody who's familiar with The Grand Chessboard will know what this is all about.
Another regime will "make a stand" then be toppled within a year followed by another until Iran is encircled.
Israel vs Palestine
It's a powder keg out there.
Marcus Aurelius: Tell me again, Maximus, why are we here?
Maximus: For the glory of the Empire, sire.
Baked, not fried... the healthy choice.