If the United States were the global parent and Iran was its child, Bush would get poor marks from this parent. Everyone has taken trips to the store or gone to friend's houses and seen Bush's parenting techniques and cringed. The kid running around the table banging on pots and pans and screaming while half naked. "Boy, you need to stop that or I will give you a swat", the boy keeps running. "I mean it, stop now", the boy still screaming. "This is your final warning", bang bang bang goes the pots.
It's sad to think that just 5 years ago, Bush was a model parent. When he said you are either with us or against us, we went to war against Iraq and Afghanistan, and Libya gave up its terrorist pursuits based solely on the threat of force. Now countries like North Korea, Iran, and Venezuela have been throwing tantrums for years and all we do is give them warnings. The credibility of our warnings is gone and the children are running the house.
Just recently Iranian speed boats challenged our Navy, racing up at fast speeds and saying they were going to blow them up. Now I don't know where the ambiguity is in that challenge, but if it were my child, I would have had him over my knee. Iran is the teenage son testing his Dad to see the lengths Dad will take to assert his dominance. Based on Bush's reaction, I expect Iran is going to be staying out late and not calling in, drinking, fornicated with the cheerleaders, and likely vandalizing the neighborhood, mainly Israel.
Don't expect a Father's day card from me Mr. President.