IRAN: IRAQ DEJA VU? I've got to agree with The Nation�s Ari Berman on Bush's speech to the United Nations today. Following on the heels of retired General Sam Gardiner's statements on CNN last night that we are already dispatching forces to Iran, the administration's continued hardline approach toward Iran does seem to suggest they may already have designs -- beyond mere contingency plans -- for military strikes.

This catches Democrats in quite a bind. They want to keep the focus on Iraq for the midterms. At the same time, as focus on Iran grows, they will be caught in a 2002 redux: to acquiesce to aggressive action or risk being painted as dovish. More on Iran can, of course, be found at Matt�s site.

--Ben Adler

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