John: Don't drink the stability-flavored Kool Aid, as Gen. Tony Zinni apparently has. Zinni's appearance on MTP a little while ago made him look like what Wesley Clark always wanted to be but wasn't: a credible Dem presidential candidate.
Batchelor has it about 90% right. Peace and stability in the Middle East were the factors that enabled bin Laden, Hizballah and their ilk to grow powerful. For the forseeable future, peace and stability here mean war there, and vice versa.
I don't subscribe to John's prediction of Iranian military action against America in the next few weeks. But what they will do when they have a deployable nuclear weapon will make us yearn for the good old days of September 1939.