The deteriorating international crisis over Iran is a direct result of the Bush's administration's ham-handed and mendacious Iraq policy.
Under normal circumstances - that is, under any previous U.S. administration - the battle over Iran's pugnacious effort in pursuit of nuclear technology would be amenable to a diplomatic solution. But, by insisting on a national security strategy of pre-emptive war, by illegally and unilaterally invading Iraq on false pretenses, and by hinting that the White House would tolerate an Israeli strike on Iran's nuclear plants, President Bush and Vice President Cheney have made a successful diplomatic resolution of the Iran crisis nearly impossible.
But the international community's justified fear that the United States is controlled by a war party seeking to attack Iran (my em) makes other states' diplomacy even harder.
Some Democrats - and even a fair number of moderate and libertarian Republicans - expect the November 2006 elections to take place against the backdrop of a failed occupation of Iraq. Instead, those same elections might take place in the midst of yet another crisis manufactured by the Bush administration.
Bush and the Republicans have screwed the pooch so badly that the only way for them to stay in power is to manufacture even more fear in the electorate and then continue to lie at them, "The sky is falling! We're the only ones who can protect you!".
It may not work, but Bush is betting that since he's already successfully pussified a majority of American voters, it just might. The corruption, anti-civil-rights scandals, and the emerging knowledge of the constant abuse of presidential power have to be overshadowed by fear to take advantage of Americans' ADD. It's their only chance.
The Republicans should change their name to "The Permanent War Party".
A word of caution to Bush&Co: You've screwed the military up so bad, you'd better think twice before going to war with Iran. They're just liable to be able to kick our ass. You'll end up having to nuke 'em and that'll be the end of the world as we know it. I know you don't care: the rest of us will have to live with it but you'll be nice and safe.
A word of caution to Congress: If you let him get away with stealing your Constitutional authority to declare an illegal war again, you're even more cowardly than we think you are. Somebody has to rein Bush in quick while there's still a chance to save our nation and, short of a coup d'etat, you guys are it, God help us.