It should be kept in mind, of course, that George Bush and Dick Cheney weren't the only ones running around hyping the Iranian nuclear threat all out of proportion to reality. I recall, for example, the March 13, 2007 "New Dem Dispatch" scolding those of us who were too enthusiastic about the idea of diplomacy with Iran:
But let's not get carried away. Iran still poses a major threat to global stability, regional peace, and U.S. interests. Tehran's serial defiance of U.N. mandates to stop developing nuclear weapons capabilities is a major challenge to the world's nonproliferation system. And its strong financial and material support for Hezbollah and Hamas makes it the number one state sponsor of Middle East terrorism.
Oh, well. And of course there were Ken Baer's antics over the summer.