This morning the Pentagon announced 5 U.S. troop deaths, bringing the total of military personnel killed in Iraq in 2007 to 852. That's 2 more than 2004, and of course, the year isn't over yet. This is despite the fact that U.S. troop deaths have dropped dramatically in September and October (65 and 39, respectively). That's still way too many dead American service people in pursuit of a fool's errand.
The article referenced above also notes a shift in Iran rhetoric from the military, if not the Bush administration:
A military spokesman said Iran appears to have kept its promise to stop the flow into Iraq of bomb-making materials and other weaponry that Washington says has inflamed insurgent violence and caused many American troop casualties.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates said last week that Iran had made such assurances to the Iraqi government.
"It's our best judgment that these particular EFPs ... in recent large cache finds do not appear to have arrived here in Iraq after those pledges were made," Rear Adm. Gregory Smith, director of the Multi-National Force-Iraq's communications division, told reporters Tuesday.
Cheney must hate Secretary Gates. He's ruining all Cheney's plans! Still, I wouldn't expect that this information alone will stop the Bush administration from carpet bombing Iran before the 2008 election. It would show too much foresight and restraint to do anything but that.