Who decides whether we go to war with Iran
Excellent post by emptywheel at the Next Hurrah about the power struggle that will probably culminate in a US attack on Iran--unless the forces of sanity get their act together.
At this point, it's clear that the president and the vice president want regime change in Iran, not just an attack on Iran's nuclear program. Of course, Bush can't do the standard saber rattling because it's obvious that American forces aren't in any position to invade Iran. The troops aren't available.
Empytwheel makes a good case that the US is pursuing a deliberate strategy of provocation in order to set the stage for an invasion. The goal seems to be to goad Iran into a conflict, which--what do you know--can only be solved by marching to Tehran and unseating the Iranian government. I think Cheney hopes that if we trigger WWIII accidentally/on purpose, Americans will find some new enthusiasm for the clash of civilizations.