gives you a bit of a sense of what's at stake in a war with Iran (h/t Josh Marshall):
At a farewell reception at Blair House for the retiring chief of protocol, Don Ensenat, who was President Bush's Yale roommate, the president shook hands with Washington Life Magazine's Soroush Shehabi. "I'm the grandson of one of the late Shah's ministers," said Soroush, "and I simply want to say one U.S. bomb on Iran and the regime we all despise will remain in power for another 20 or 30 years and 70 million Iranians will become radicalized."
"I know," President Bush answered.
"But does Vice President Cheney know?" asked Soroush.
President Bush chuckled and walked away.
No more cocktail weenies for Soroush.
I once wrote of the dangers of cornering a pathologically sick Narcissistic Personality Disorder
. They are never wrong, and they will never lose. Double down with Iran? Why not ... it's a hail mary that (he thinks) will save the Bush Presidency which is, after all, the most important thing in the universe.
The neocons have always believed that a battle with radical Islam was the global war of their time. Of course it was a pornographic fantasy borne of their paranoia, at least before Iraq. But it just goes to show how powerful the delusion is that these wacko's are now on the way to creating the very thing they've assumed always existed. If we bomb Iran (which will possibly include tactical nuclear weapons), we indeed will have a global war unnecessarily created by the ignorance of the American people and the paranoia of a coalition of a few old cold warriors and and a few young imperialists.