Drumbeat sounds familiar
Washington is compiling a dossier of grievances against Tehran similar in scope and seriousness to the pre-war charge-sheet against Iraq. Other complaints include Iranian meddling in Iraq, support for Hamas in Palestine and Hizbullah in Lebanon, and human rights abuses.
While hopes of avoiding confrontation are not yet dead, warnings by John Bolton, the US ambassador to the UN, that Iran could face "painful consequences" over its nuclear activities were a reminder of Mr Bush's repeated refusals to eschew armed force. Iranian officials believe the US is determined to undermine and if possible overthrow Iran's theocracy and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's government - regardless of whether a nuclear compromise is reached. That helps explain Tehran's hardline negotiating stance.
With the Bush administration, rhetoric is never to be taken lightly. That said, attacking Iran would be suicidal for the U.S., and the West. The lean energy years would be kickstarted chaotically.
Shocking, then, is that it is being considered, that mustachioed freaks like "ambassador" John Bolton haven't yet been used as target practice by chickenhawks, as would seem appropriate for such foolishness. A little bird shot for your hubris, my good man.
Can someone please shut up the bloodstained, cackling minions of this administration?