John Bolton and Baby Cakes (above and in photos below relaxing on the studio couch between engagements), ever attuned to clues of danger and opportunity in their environments, both know that weakness invites attack.
"The world will be a more dangerous place as a result," said heartthrob former US ambassador to the UN John Bolton -- the manly man whose white mustache repels bullets -- in a Financial Times interview today:
The lesson [in the hostage deal] for Iran was that "it probed and found weakness."
"Emboldened as Iran now is, and ironically for engagement advocates, it is even less likely there will be a negotiated solution to the nuclear weapons issue, not that there was ever much chance of one. Ahmadinejad could now "undertake equal or greater provocations, confident he need not fear a strong response," Bolton wrote.
"Iran, sensing weakness, has every incentive to ratchet up its nuclear weapons programme, increase its support to Hamas, Hezbollah and others and perpetrate even more serious terrorism in Iraq."
You saw the claws above, and now a glimpse of the tooth, Baby's right canine, at the ready in case of any sudden change of fortune even as he snoozes.
Meanwhile, right on cue, the Roman Catholic bishop who oversees the UKs armed forces has come out swinging for the enemy that wants to blow him to smithereens, willfully and cluelessly giving Ahmadinejad & Company the benefit of the doubt when they claimed -- against all evidence -- that those 15 Brits had "violated their territorial waters." Uh huh:
Bishop Burns, who ministers to the 40,000 Catholics and their families who are members of the armed forces, said the decision to release the captives had demonstrated "faith in a forgiving God".
But his comments were angrily denounced yesterday by politicians and soldiers as "naive" and "wishful thinking" for failing to recognise the illegality of Teheran's actions.
As we said to Tuck upon hearing of it, we are astonished that anyone so out of touch with reality is still alive.
"It was even better than yesterday," said Tuck re Son of Easter Dinner, reheated and served up for dinner tonight back home. Above, clockwise from left to right, potato salad with purple potatoes (steamed with chopped garlic and tossed with mayo), Sissy's vegetarianicidal apple and sausage stuffing, crown (pork) roast with gravy and sweet potato puree.
What ever happened to the stiff upper lip?