Yesterday, on my NYC layover, I was able to score a New York Sun [Yeah!] (but not this morning--Boo!). On the front page of this issue of the Sun, I found this article (now under discussion widely in the b'sphere), which reports that we've captured intelligence that Iran is supporting both Sunni and Shiite militias in Iraq. [For the record, Iran is Shiite as is the majority of Iraq. Saddam was a Sunni. Saudi is majority Sunni.]
This kind of blows apart the whole meme that religion rules over pragmatism. Iran sees that chaos in Iraq--regardless of the source--is in their best interests. Tieing down the Great Satan to where he is viewed to be impotent is in their interests, more than pursuing their views on Islam.
Also, Stennis is headed for the Gulf.