Thanks to Paul Mutter for suggesting to the editors of Foreign Policy in Focus that they invite me to submit a piece on Iran. An Alternative to War With Iran was published earlier today. It argues that western policy toward Iran has only an appearance of a diplomatic track. Both the diplomatic and military track must perforce end with failure. That if Iran is pushed to the brink it will attain nuclear weapons capacity, and there is little that can be done to stop it short of regime change and tens of thousands of boots on the ground.
Containment is the only remaining viable approach, though it too isn’t the optimal one. But given the current dysfunction in U.S. policy with rabid Republicans braying for Iranian scalps, it appears containment may be the best we can hope for.
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