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President's credibility shaky on Iran crisis

Many of us as children heard the fable of the little boy who cried "wolf" so many times his father stopped believing his son.

That old story comes to mind today as the Bush administration insists that the world community must act to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear bomb.

Iran says its ability to enrich uranium is for peaceful purposes, for generating electricity.

The Bush administration, which is probably right this time, says Iran's intent is to develop nuclear weapons and further destabilize the Middle East. Many experts, however, say that Iran lacks the equipment, including a nuclear reactor, to make nuclear weapons.

The build-up to a U.S. confrontation with Iran is tracking the way the Bush administration led the nation and Coalition forces into Baghdad. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is pounding on the U.N. Security Council to act. The message is again heavy handed: The United Nations must act or the United States will.

The president is asking the world to trust his assessment of Iran's nuclear capabilities because there is no overt proof to support his claim of imminent danger.

This comes even as the Bush administration finds itself continuing to deflect questions about finding no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

Trusting the fanatical Islamic regime in Iran to tell the truth about its nuclear plans is woefully naive. But trusting President Bush is far more difficult this time around, too.

The story of the boy and the wolf is a simple tale designed to teach children about the fragile characteristics of trust.

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