Worth reading is this American Prospect article that talks about the neocon agenda for the Middle East. It does a good job of illustrating some future scenarios hoped for by the Richard Perle acolytes that infest Washington these days. Do I think that the neocon agenda is going to catch on? Not necessarily. But they were successful in goading the Bush administration into war with Iraq, and I think that it’s important for us to pay attention to what some influential people have in store for us if they get their way. The thought of war with Iran makes me shudder — unlike Iraq, Iran has not been under severe sanctions for a decade, and they have many more reasons to support government against foreign invaders than do the Iraqi people.