Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Syrian President Bashar Assad (AP)"Bush administration officials, for all their bellicose rhetoric, still hope that diplomatic pressure - backed by ever-tighter economic sanctions - will convince Iran to compromise."
President Bush’s loose talk of World War III doesn’t seem to be deterring the Iranians, but it’s scaring the heck out of America’s allies in the region. Some talk as if war is almost inevitable.
Slow down, everybody. The Bush administration should stop issuing warnings and ultimatums that could force military action. Iran should get the message that the West - including Russia - is serious about stopping Iran from producing nuclear weapons.
This isn’t a Tehran intersection, where drivers can go full tilt because they know someone will stop at the last minute. This confrontation could actually result in a crackup because of miscalculations and misunderstood signals. Access the full article>>