A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE….Iraq’s foreign minister says he’s caught in the middle of two quarreling giants:

Prospects for another round of talks between Iranian and U.S. officials soon appeared dead Wednesday after Iraq’s foreign minister said tensions between Tehran and Washington made such a meeting impossible.

….The Iraqi foreign minister made it clear that his government found it maddening to be squeezed between two crucial allies who cannot get along. “The atmosphere of…media attacks, exchange of attacks and accusations and lack of trust and confidence….I don’t think we will succeed in having the fourth round” of talks, he said.

When you get to the point of being lectured about political stubbornness by the Iraqi foreign minister, it’s probably time to tone down the rhetoric.