Can the U.S. Defuse Iran?
George W. Bush has staked his presidency on his reputation as a straight shooter, the kind of leader who presents a clear, decisive message to the nation’s adversaries in the war on terrorism. But as the U.S. tries to persuade Iran to give up its nuclear ambitions, the White House can’t seem to make up its mind. First the President said he could not rule out future military action against Iran. Then Vice President Dick Cheney, just hours before the Inauguration, told radio host Don Imus that “the Israelis might well decide to act [militarily] first and let the rest of the world worry about cleaning up the diplomatic mess afterward.”Full Story