Years of tacit approval, ie doing little more than saber rattling over their sponsoring terror attacks, and now, suddenly we join in to try to correct things in a big way with sanctions that hurt the populace and do little to bother the politicians. Iran’s government has become accustomed to their current activities as being a part of their territory, much like the welfare druggie is proprietary towards ” his check” that he blows on crack during the first 4 days of the month and then scrapes by with grifting, begging, and asset redisribution for the rest of the month. Both will scream bloody murder and act imposed upon at any attempt to crank back the limits.
Sun Tzu would not approve.
(Iran might also be compared to the spendaholics in DC who piss and moan and knash teeth over any change in activities)