So it appears the fix is on. While everyone worries about what Hillary called Obama this week, the remainders of the New American Century's plan is rolling out. Not that this is a new idea. - IPS Inter Press Service But the PR flack has begun weeks ago FOXNews.com - Iran, General Electric and The New York Times - Bill OReilly | The OReilly Factor FOXNews.com - Petronomics 101 - Oliver North | War Stories They're even trying to blame the economy on them FOXNews.com - Treasury Secretary Paulson: Worst of Credit Crisis May Be Over - Politics | Republican Party | Democratic Party | Political Spectrum Whilst Syrian factories are bombed without provocation Syrian leader denies building nuclear reactor - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) and without the consent of the International Atomic Energy Agency that should have been notified beforehand. While the Iranians blame the US for the same sins Iran Says US Aids Rebels at Its Borders - CommonDreams.org Not that they are innocent either, even according to Patrick Cockburn Atlantic Free Press - Hard Truths for Hard Times - Tomgram: Patrick Cockburn, Petraeus's Ghost It reminds me of childhood bickering where "he started it" seems like a good enough defence. In the twilight days of the rule of The Great Shrub, it appears that his legacy for the USA will be the greatest denegration of it's international clout ever. Statements from the State Dept that were once holy writ and could move countries are now considered with scorn. Large swathes of the planet now ignore them altogethor. If the USA moves on Iran or Syria, will they have any friends at all? Is this all a forgone conclusion or will this be the first big test for Obama/Hillary? Will they stare down the machine or blink first?