Eliot Cohen in the Wall Street Journal lays out the only two choices remaining for the United States in its dealings with Iran: either learning to live with a nuclear Iran, which
will embolden the Iranian regime to make much more lethal mischief than it has even now. In a region that respects strength, it will enhance, not diminish, Iranian prestige. And it may yield the first nuclear attack since 1945 some time down the road...Or overthrowing the Iranian government:
It is, therefore, in the American interest to break with past policy and actively seek the overthrow of the Islamic Republic. Not by invasion, which this administration would not contemplate and could not execute, but through every instrument of U.S. power, soft more than hard. And if, as is most likely, President Obama presides over the emergence of a nuclear Iran, he had best prepare for storms that will make the squawks of protest against his health-care plans look like the merest showers on a sunny day.What an ironic quirk of fate this terrifying drama, much responsibility for which can be laid at the feet of President Jimmy Carter and his craven inactions of 30 years ago, reaches its denouement during the administration of Carter redux, President Pantytwaist, who appears every bit as feckless and lilly-livered as his predecessor.