Whether it’s the Middle East or the Far East, it’s good to know that the times may change, but America’s abilities to out-bully others remains as unchanging as ever.

Dianne Feinstein, the chair of the Senate intelligence committee, told a hearing on Wednesday that Maliki’s government “has got to go if you want any reconciliation”, and Republican John McCain called for the use of US air power but also urged Obama to “make very clear to Maliki that his time is up”.

Because the greatest way to undermine the fiction of a democratic Iraq is for another country to tell ‘em to ditch their leadership.

Especially when bombs and American soldiers have been involved.

After all, this could get messy.

And what a look that is, after our other fiction, being the “good guys”.