Moral (quite aside from the morality): don’t wake the bear

“When you wake up the bear with such an attack, it’s quite difficult for your allies to stand in the same position as you.”

Iran's supreme leader delivered a clear message to the head of Hamas when they met in Tehran in early November, according to three senior officials: You gave us no warning of your Oct. 7 attack on Israel and we will not enter the war on your behalf.

Does the administration know about the split between Sunni and Shiite?

About as likely as a connection between the Inquisition and the Puritans.

Some lawmakers fear briefings by Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state, and others are an attempt to provide legal cover for a military strike, echoing the Iraq War.