May 01, 2006

Persian Dance

In today's AmSpec column, I look at US options toward Iran.

I've been reading a lot on Iran lately, and if you'd like to see what has informed my take on the subject, I'd suggest Edward N. Luttwak's Three Reasons Not to Bomb Iran—Yet in Commentary, Reuel Marc Gerecht's To Bomb, or Not to Bomb in the Weekly Standard, and How to Eliminate Iran's Nuclear Weapons: A Symposium in The Claremont Review of Books (I found the entries by Ilan Berman, Patrick Clawson, and Efraim Halevy particularly useful).

Posted by John Tabin at May 1, 2006 12:19 AM

Great piece, John!

It does concern me, however, that we`ve repeatedly underestimated before on this-N. Korea and Pakistan come to mind. We should err on the side of caution with Iran.

Still, as you point out, the Iranian behavior suggests they need more time. We`ve FINALLY started a Contra-esque approach (supporting dissident groups); this should have been done long ago. There may yet be time for this to work!

Posted by: Tim Birdnow at May 1, 2006 08:51 AM