Washington’s hardening with regard to Iran ... is happening within the larger context of U.S. withdrawal, both from the Middle East and the rest of the world.
If the prospect of winning the discredited bauble encourages them, so much the better. If not, giving the unlikely pair the Nobel peace prize can’t hurt. After all, both would slip easily into the cloaks of hypocrisy worn so well by many previous honorees.
The Gulf crisis involves an intense game of blackmail and financial warfare.