Chris Hedges, author of the outstanding book War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning, is not optimistic (see Bush's nuclear apocalypse).
As noted in this blog back on 15 August (Dates for your diary) , one analyst predicts 26 to 28 Oct for the attack.
Can I get odds on this at the bookies?
This being America, perhaps a movie man says it best. As Manola Dargis puts it in a review of Clint Eastwood's new film Flags of our Fathers, the actor-director's work "considers annihilating violence as a condition of the American character, not an aberration".