Gates is pissing to the windward. No matter how much his boss wants to start another war, the Gulf States are not going to support it. http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2007/December/middleeast_December128.xml§ion=middleeast The intelligence agencies of the US made it VERY clear they will not be the fall guys for another unnecessary war promoted with blatant lies as they were made the fall guys for the Bush junta when their lies about Iraq were exposed. Nor will the Gulf States be patsies like they were before. Everyone in the region except curiously, Iraq, is concerned about Iran, but they are worried about the US and Israel.
U.S., allies conduct 20 air strikes in Syria and Iraq against ISIS, says U.S. military (Reuters)
from the article: Gates: Israel doesn't pose nuclear threat like Iran