As the world continues to chew its collective fingernails to the quick in anticipation of a possible showdown over Iran's nuclear programme, Vice President Cheney is telling the media that "all options are on the table".
Critics have pointed out that the United States is struggling with a record budget deficit, and that an attack on Iran could push the price of oil over $100 a barrel with disastrous consequences for the American economy.
It occurs to me that, since President Bush and Dick the Veep are the only people who know whether an attack on Iran is imminent, they should get themselves down to the bookies and slap two hundred billion dollars on America to invade Iran this year.
Even at odds of 2-1, they stand to rake it in, and the war may even turn a modest profit. Everyone would be happy, except for the soldiers doing the fighting and the entire population of the middle east.
Mind you, they'd better not get cocky and put any cash on the US to win the war, since by my estimation the odds of victory are about fifty-fifty.
Discretion is the better part of valour, after all.