At NRO, at least Victor Davis Hanson seems to grasp what's going on in Iran:
It’s probably a good rule to do the opposite of anything the Iranian theocracy wants. Apparently, this government is now doing its darnedest to be bombed. So, for the time being, we should not grant them this wish.As far as I know, this makes Hanson the first National Review writer to accept the widely-argued point that a US attack - or even the threat of one - is exactly what the Iranian regime wants.
While the Iranian theocrats understand that the entire world, including many of their own citizens, is turning against them, they also know that this could change if a Western nation would just attack them. Their strategy seems to be to find a way to provoke someone to drop a few bombs on them, on the naive assumption that such an assault would be of limited duration and damage. Such an attack, they may figure, would earn them sympathy in much of the world.