Adm. William Fallon
Sure, Bush has been jonesing to attack Iran, since about the time he got away with the illegal war against Iraq without any dire consequences (to himself, that is--$275 Million U.S. per day to fund the illegal war is dire enough; more than 80,000 Iraqi casualties is dire enough; almost 4,000 American casualties is dire enough too). Bush got away with it. He got away with 9/11, whatever his role in that was, and certainly, he put up with the planning of it, at the very least. Drunk on this string of successes, his own hubris ("I talk to God" and the downfall of the "It's just another goddamned piece of paper" U.S. Constitution), and his then ample poll numbers, buoyed by support or lack of spine on the part of Congress, well, his wildest Neo-Con dreams could come true. "Total hegemony in the Middle East?!? Golly Gee, Laura, we might could pull that one off too!"
So attack Iran? Well, it ain't Iraq. Iran has 425,000 armed forces, 125,000 Islamic guards, and up to 11 million homegrown militia-citizens willing to take up arms. Nuclear-backed (at least at the pre-weapons stage) and loaded with capital, Iran is as similar to Iraq as the U.S. is to Mexico. We trade, we share resources. And we are neighbors. That's about it.
Next stop, a new Admiral, pliable as Silly Putty and aiming to please. Quick, gotta attack Iran before the last grain of sand falls in the hour glass, on January 20, 2009. Until then, Neo-Cons have the opportunity to create havoc, declare a "national emergency," and assume utter power, via National Security Presidential Directive (NSPD-51, the acronym for, "You'll wonder where your freedom went/When martial law's declared by the government.")