Just how close did it get to full-blown war?
The news media seems unhappy that the bombing of Syria is already over.
I've read some smirking comments about Putin's threat of "consequences" that never happened.
But the real story may be that we came dangerously close to an ugly situation - with Iran.
Remember those Iranian-backed militias I talked about less than a week ago?
Recently Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) declared jihad against US and allied forces in Syria. So what do you think happened with those forces when we started bombing the Syrian government?
Just hours after the U.S. attack on alleged Syrian chemical sites, hundreds of Iranian-backed militia fighters reportedly surrounded a U.S. air base to the west of Baghdad, defying the orders of commanders in the city, according to the Lebanese newspaper Ad-Diyar.
U.S. military officials declined to confirm or deny the incident but cautioned that all Iraqi forces, including militias, must obey the central government.
"Coalition forces maintain the right to defend themselves and our Iraqi partners against any threat," U.S. Army Col. Ryan Dillon said in response to an emailed question about the report.
Just how close were the militia commanders from totally losing control of their troops, and witnessing a full-scale attack on U.S. forces? There is already evidence of our bases being shelled.
The facts that we felt it necessary to remind them of what Iraqi forces must do speaks volumes.
And in case that wasn't enough proof, check this out.
State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert called on Iraqi forces in Syria—where Shia militias from the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) are fighting on behalf of the regime—to return home.
“We would call on the forces, whatever forces, to remain engaged on the ground in Iraq and not go to Syria,” Nauert said on Friday, as she responded to a question from Kurdistan 24 at a press briefing.
That is the sound of people getting nervous.
"After the fight against the Islamic State, now what they say is, 'We're No. 1 against America, and everything else is No. 2,'" says Renad Mansour, an Iraqi-based researcher for Chatham House who has spoken with leaders and members of pro-Iranian militias.
"In rhetorical terms, they're making it clear Americans are their enemies. If a conflict heats up between the U.S. and Iran, these guys are the agents on the ground."