Stephen Green at Vodkapundit is blogging on the European reaction to the Iranian nuclear program.
I think Iran has learned the proper lesson from current events. Even if you are a major conventional power in your region, the Americans can knock you off easily. The US military really is a juggernaut at least when it comes to taking ground and fighting a conventional war.
However the Iranians have noticed that we handle North Korea much differently than say, Iraq. Why? Because North Korea has a nuclear weapons program and long range missiles that can hit important places. Iran is probably trying to follow a similar route. Nyah Nyah US can't touch us. Or whatever the equivalent in Farsi is.
The jokes on them though. The US already doesn't want to fight Iran, we're going to subvert their culture through Iraqi democracy instead. Nukes just aren't that useful at oppressing the masses of your own populace yearning to be free. We can only hope our next president is willing to put a big enough deterrant force in the mideast to stop them from taking the region hostage like North Korea.