Bush took a bit of a gamble in softening his stance by agreeing to give Iran incentives to drop its nuclear ambitions. Iran’s response was to yank the olive branch out of Bush’s hands and snap it in two before our eyes. We have definitely arrived at a turning point. Iran not only rejected the offer, but essentially dared the U.S. to respond with force. If Bush backs down, it will send a signal that the U.S. expended all of its willingness to use force in Iraq. Rather than representing U.S. resolve in the region, the Iraq war will be considered the battle that sapped the will out of the mighty U.S. Bush must get tough with Iran now.