Deja Vu All Over Again

Seriously, is this Administration barking mad?
BRUSSELS, Belgium (CNN) -- U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Wednesday that Iran must live up to its international obligations to halt its nuclear program or "the next steps are in the offing." "And I think everybody understands what the 'next steps' mean," Rice told reporters after a meeting with NATO foreign ministers and European Union officials. [...] "We believe this is a time for diplomacy," the secretary said Wednesday, adding that human rights in Iran and Tehran's sponsoring of terror groups are also causes for concern. "The message that we are giving to Iran: We do have diplomatic means at our disposal, we are doing this bilaterally as well as multilaterally, and I believe that a diplomatic solution is in our grasp, if we can have unity of purpose, unity of message with the Iranians and if the Iranians understand that the international community is quite serious about it living up to its obligations."
She's right about that last part. This is a time for diplomacy, but the United States should not reduce diplomacy to the level of school yard taunting. Instead of trying to encourage Iran to stop their nuclear program, Rice is actually giving them an excuse to speed it up and cover it up further. After all, Iran's biggest enemy already surrounds it, and it's now threatening invasion on a daily basis. What would you do if you were Iran? I get the impression that this Administration doesn't care whether Iran abandons their nuclear program, in much the same way that they didn't really care whether Iraq had WMD. All that matters is that Iran appears to be a threat, and that is what Rice is laying the groundwork for. My prediction is that if we do attack Iran, it will not be built up like our invasion of Iraq. It will be some type of surprise attack, that provokes an Iranian response, which we'll then use to justify a full-on invasion--draft and all.