Rumors Of Wars

Thomas P.M. Barnett worries about the drift toward conflict after the Iran missile test:

On the Israeli side, better to get it done before Obama takes the oath. Ditto for Ahmadinejad, strangely enough. No point in having your best enemy denied to you when you need him for your own re-election.

On the other hand, how serious is the threat when you have to photoshop the record?