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.
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