Anybody over the past fifty years but these halfwits in office would recognize all these international tensions as a prelude to a coming World War. Only the idiots in the White House today would describe these kinds of provocations in such strange terms, failing to see the gravity of the situation.
Neoconservatives are good at brainwashing people but somewhat at a loss when dealing with reality. It's all too much for them. They're just dithering ninnies in the face of genuine geopolitics.