In iraq, the United States can't find new allies to help it finish the job, but on another front in the war on terrorism, it's doing just fine.
Last week, the US convinced the board of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to give Iran an Oct. 31 deadline to suspend its uranium- enrichment program - a precursor to making nuclear weapons.
Europe worries as much as the US that a nuclear Iran - already a supporter of terrorist groups - would upset the Middle East power balance.
After the IAEA caught Iran cheating on treaty obligations in building a nuclear power plant, the US and Europe put Tehran's Muslim clerics on the spot: If Iran really has no intention to make nuclear weapons, then it can come clean with the IAEA.
It's a moment of truth for Iran.