On this morning's Today Show, the lead story was "Are We At War With Iran?" The conclusion was basically, yes, we are, but so far it's war-by-proxy and it's all taking place within the borders of Iraq.
What was left unsaid was that Iran's increased influence in the Middle East is our fault. With Saddam Hussein's Iraq on one side and the Taliban's Afghanistan on the other, Iran was hemmed in. Hussein, it turned out, didn't have much of an army, but he had enough of one to keep the Iranians from trying to take over the country.
Now, though, the Iranians pretty much are taking over the country. They started pre-war when we let presumed Iranian mole Achmed Chalabi run so much of our war "planning." Our ill-considered Iraq misadventure helped the radicals take over Iranian politics. Their ascendancy, according to Anthony Shadid in the Washington Post, is less the result of what they've done than of what we've done, and it's hard to argue with that.
Josh Marshall has a piece today at Talking Points Memo which discusses some of Shadid's conclusions, and wonders how we avoid letting this administration take us into another war we didn't want and don't need.