The first alternative: Be more assertive about U.S. values and more damning of Tehran’s.
Second alternative: Ratchet up economic sanctions.
Third alternative: Make war, stop talking.
No one has a magic bullet for the Iran puzzle. But the history of power teaches us one thing above all: Don’t fail. What can be done is to work very closely with our Arab friends in the Gulf to strengthen them in the face of increasing Iranian pressure.
This would include behind-the-scenes efforts to bolster the legitimacy of friendly regional governments plus very public upgrades of U.S. capabilities to defend them, as the Obama administration is doing with missile defenses. I
t also means proceeding with sanctions against the Revolutionary Guard.
It entails continuing to try to sabotage Iran’s uranium-enrichment and other nuclear programs as well. This effort will slow down the Ahmadinejad government and give them something to worry about.
23 February 2010
Discussion of Alternatives On Iran
Daily Beast: The Wrong Way on Iran