Iran has announced its intention to create an oil bourse (market) denominated in euros on its soil. The U.S. will likely not permit its creation if it can prevent it. This appears to be a last desperate effort on the part of the Iranian leadership to create an alternative to Anglo-American financial power in order to become the center of an anti-U.S. resistance worldwide and avoid having to stop their WMD program.
This is a far greater threat to our stability than anything anyone else has come up with. It appears that rumors of a secret plan to attack Iran are largely centered around the U.S. perception of such a threat with the WMD issue being the core issue for which Iran has decided it needs to challenge U.S. power. I believe France's denouncements of Iran are largely being caused by the realization of just what a large threat this situation has become to the whole world.
Iran has decided that is has enough power and balls to confront the entire Western world and the U.S. in particular with this plan of economic sabotage. I think that the new leader of Iran is a dangerous left-brain male infected with machismo and a god-complex who has probably lost his mind as I have stated before. He has not taken into account any of the effects of his actions on people worldwide, but then the Iranian leadership doesn't much care for any feelings except greed for power over their own people and the quite baffling belief that by acting tough and trying to blackmail other countries they are going to secure peace for their corrupted theocracy's continued oppressive existence.
It is simply impossible for Washington planners to ignore this very real threat to American political and economic power at this point. Iran has chosen a suicidal confrontation with the Empire, as Antiwar.com so lovably calls it, because it's leaders refuse to negotiate. America is a convenient scapegoat to project their people's hatred against so that the stupid, irresponsible leadership of Iran can avoid being overthrown by their own people. Now they risk being overthrown by the Americans.
The reason the U.S. dollar is threatened is because high demand for the U.S. dollar and Treasury Bills exist because foreigners need dollars to purchase resources in the primary markets for commodities, specifically oil. Because the U.S. and England, its subsidiary/sponsor, have controlled the major markets and denominated them in dollars, large numbers of dollars have been required to purchase oil and other commodities.