The man has been saying this for quite sometime.
His latest article for The New Yorker, “Preparing the Battlefield“
HERSH: I think this is another example of putting an awful lot of pressure on the Iranian government. There’s been a dramatic increase in kinetic events and chaos inside of Iran. Almost every other day, there’s another story in the Iranian press — I write about this in the article, too — about things blowing up, et cetera, et cetera. It looks like things are falling apart, a little bit. And the central government certainly has more trouble.
And I think the goal of this operation, this incredible operation, with all this money — and, by the way, it’s the Democrats in Congress who basically looked the other way and said, take the money and run. They did not stop this money, the leadership that I’m talking about, the Democratic leadership.
So, basically, my guess is that — I don’t think we can safely say that any military action is off the table, no matter what happens. And that’s — as I say, I wish I’m going to be wrong about all that, but this is really, sort of, an amazing development.