It looks like the Americans are pushing for World War III. The religious right want it, because it brings Armageddon closer, and with it the second coming of Jesus. The Republicans want it because they're facing collapse in November, and a major war would let them pull their 'if you're not for us, you're against us' schtick, declare a state of emergency, postpone the elections, with the unstated option of indefinitely, and advance their imperialist strategy to take control of the muslim-controlled oilfields once and for all.
Bizarrely, one thing that would skew American thinking is if any fighting got as far south as Meggido in Israel. Meggido is generally accepted as the site of the last battle - Armageddon - so any battle there would have a profound effect on the christian fundamentalists who would be eagerly watching the skies for the return of their saviour. Imagine how crushing the disappointment will be when Jesus fails to reappear. Hopefully they'll realise that they've been sold the mother of all lies, and abandon their false religion. Unfortunately, when that happens, Israel is fucked. The fundamentalists only support Israel because they are the means towards bringing about the end times. No end times: no support.
Don't put your faith in prophecies. Cyrus did, and brought about the destruction of an empire - his own! America is heading for the same cliff's edge.