Iran’s little bake sale should help defray the cost of rising gasoline prices: year-to-March 21, Iran has earned about $54 billion on 900 million barrels of oil that it has exported, reaching a little over 90% of its OPEC quota.

Meanwhile, Japan’s Parliament is engaged in a heated debate over whether a pre-emptive strike on Kim Jong-Il’s noisy missile silos will violate its constitutional ban on using military force. Of course, that constitution was written by General MacArthur and his American cronies after World War II — which is not much help to those in the international community who hope to solve the North Korean crisis through diplomatic channels. Oops! Hey, George W. Bush, your Doctrine is showing!