I think the Lebanon War was Step 2 in the war against Iran and Israel sort of flunked on account of the cluster bombs but got high marks in taking a big chunk out of Hezbollah (Remember The Bombing By Hezbollah of The Marine Barracks). By the way, Iraq was Step 1, I think. Mmmm? Actually Iraq might have been Step 2. What I suspect is they found out in Afghanistan that Bin Laden and the Taliban were actually Iranian Black Ops to topple the Saudis and the Hashemites. I also sort of like my theory about them wanting to get all Americans out of the ME so they can have complete submission and total mind control on account of congruent Quantum Brain Waves. It's a new idea anyway.
Japan arrests U.S. activist featured in award-winning documentary 'The Cove' (DPA)
from the article: Was it a war of choice?