Bluffing dangerously

Hardline statements, made by Iranian President Ahmadinejad on the one hand, and by United States President Bush on the other, may have been intended for domestic consumption in each of their respective countries. Ahmadinejad seeks a distraction from repressive policies at home and Bush seeks “to reduce the sense that the administration had lost control over Iraq and the Middle East and to provide political cover for a move to open direct talks with Iran.”

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