U.S. Centcom commander General Joseph Votel told the U.S. House Armed Services Committee that Iran was the greatest destabilizing force in the Middle East. He said the U.S. must be prepared to use "military means" to both confront and defeat the threat.
|Iran is no doubt a hindrance to U.S. plans in the Middle East and those of its allies such as Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. However, it was the U.S. that overthrew the Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein and also the government of Iran even earlier and installed a regime more in line with western oil interests.|
... the U.S. continues to sell massive amounts of weaponry to Iran’s rivals, most especially Saudi Arabia. U.S. military operations in Yemen, Syria, Iraq, and elsewhere in the Middle East have both destabilized the region and created marketplaces for U.S. weaponry and opportunities for economic exploitation by multinational corporations.No doubt the U.S. considers all of this an attempt to stabilize the region.