I think we just blinked. So does Charles Johnson:
The Bush administration is perilously close to jumping the tracks. I’ve supported the President through the long course of the war that began on September 11, but it’s starting to look like he’s simply getting tired; he won’t defend his administration against attacks, he won’t defend the country against illegal immigration, he won’t do anything to stop the media leaks that cripple our national security … and now this: U.S., Iran end 27-year diplomatic freeze.
The Iranians sensed our weakness long ago and seized the opportunity. The mess they’re offering to help us clean up is, in large part, their creation. Not surprisingly, Ahmadinejad mocks us almost daily:
“Had your missiles, warships and planes been able to do anything, they would have saved you from Iraq quagmire,” he said, adding, “You should know that the era of such acts is over.” Pointing to Iraq occupiers’ claim of restoring democracy to the country, the president said that the bullying powers are unable even to save their troops from the quagmire.
He said the powers invaded Iraq to siege Iran, adding that those who once thought of besieging and doing a mischief against the Islamic state through occupation of Iraq, are today in need of Iranians to get rid of the quagmire.
Somewhere in his address, Ahmadinejad said one of the objectives behind escalation of tension in Lebanon has been to pave the ground for re-invasion on the country.
He said that the Zionist regime has taken up the measure to cover up its last year defeat from Lebanese Hizbollah.
They just seem to outplay us at every turn. I keep looking for some sign that this administration has a feel for the Iranians, a card to play, or even a freaking clue but I’m just not seeing it. I hope they prove me wrong.