I've written at least three posts recently (starting here) making the point that we've escalated things in Iraq. We're not letting Iran get away with any of their mischief. Mookie is thought to have been run out of town. I've speculated a couple of places here that we may be looking to provoke, or, at least will not turn away from a new Gulf of Tonkin.
After the start of the new offensive (or perhaps in reaction to the recent, and disturbing loss of helicopters), here is evidence that we've upped the ante.