I find the Bush Administration's comments that questions/concerns about the potential for military action against Iran are simply "wild speculation" and that they wish to exhaust all "diplomatic measures possible" in resolving the current (artificially created) crisis over Iran's development of nuclear technology to be both laughable and frightening. I mean, c'mon, aren't those the exact same assertions they made before invading Iraq?!? Yep. absolutely. Even though it has now been made abundantly clear to all (except, perhaps, the few remaining people who are either so committed to the concept of an Imperial America that they don't care about the truth or are so blind/uninformed that they honestly don't know any better - and that latter group has gotta be a small number of people at this point) that Bush planned to go to war with Iraq from the get go, they still think the American public so stupid that they'll forget the facts of recent history and buy this bullshit. There was never any interest in nor chance of the US not invading Iraq. All of Bush's pre-war fear mongering was a pretext to justify an invasion he had long contemplated and desired. Well, at least we now know what the Bush Administration's exit strategy for Iraq is - invade Iran!
By the way, if you're pushing (or past) 50 and/or are really interested in politics, I'd highly recommend a new book, "31 Days", by Barry Werth. It details the first 31 days of the Ford Administration after Nixon's resignation. Not only is it a fascinating exposee to those, like me, who lived through that period, but Werth also clearly demonstrates how the events of those days cast a long, dark shadow on the geo-political landscape of today. Also a lot of familar names in this book - Rumsfeld, Cheney, and so on - seen in their relatively formative political years.