And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?
Is there a nuke in the rough beast’s future? It’s enough to make you wonder.
“Iranian Leader Warns U.S. Of Reprisal” headlines the Washington Post in a story about the war of words between the U.S. and Iran on the eve of the IAEA’s report Friday to the U.N. Security Council.
The recent statements are "a war of words," said Gary G. Sick, a professor of Middle East policy at Columbia University and longtime monitor of Iranian politics. "Neither side has anything to gain by an attack on the other, but there is a chance of an accident triggering something and that's what makes the situation so dangerous."And it’s not just accidents. The more time that goes by, the harder it becomes for the embattled governments on both sides to back down. What if this thing drags on till late summer and the approach of the Congressional elections? How can the Bush administration allow itself to be perceived as weak, if Iran keeps lobbing taunts at us? And what sort of preemptive strike could they possibly -- and perhaps wishfully -- conceive that would keep gas prices from spiking right through the $5.00 mark and the economy going to hell? Stay tuned.