Lame Duck Lone Ranger

Inevitable worry begins to appear in press commentary about lame duck Bush.

“Beseiged by events, cast down by the opinion polls, isolated by the loss of his closest advisers, it would not be surprising if this particular US President was now losing it.

“When you bring in Iran you enter even more fertile territory for a President trying to paint himself as a lone Ranger and paint his opponents into a corner.

“Keep calling Iran names and keep threatening it openly with military attack and all you will do is to strengthen the hands of those who feel Iran must develop nuclear weapons, should stoke up trouble in Iraq and Palestine and clamp down on internal dissent in response.

“Bush’s latest outpourings [are] becoming more divorced from reality and more confrontational with each week. [via Adrian Hamilton at IHT: Bush’s increasingly tenuous hold on reality]