To gain a little bit more insight into the situation see this: http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/afp/20040818/wl_mideast_afp/iran_nuclear_us_israel_040818194722&e=4
Much of what is happening has to do with this. The neighbors are indeed fighting their wars at our expense. Note the candid admission of considering Iraq an open arena for the struggle against the U.S. for considerations that have nothing to do with our own national interest. Note the flagrant and impudent direct threats. Note the foul intent to creat chaos and promote terrorism openly expressed.