...the U.S. military option is not an option. It is unthinkable.
...No, the real “Red Line” will be set by Israel. Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s leading candidate to become prime minister after elections next week, has said “everything that is necessary” will be done to stop Iran going nuclear. I believe him.
Never again is never again. There’s no changing that Israeli lens, however distorting [and how is it distorted? after we now know that Iran has a ballistic missile] it may be in a changed world. That could mean an Israeli attack on Iran within a year. If the U.S. military option is unthinkable, equally unthinkable is the United States abandoning Israel.
That is Obama’s dilemma. Netanyahu is right about one thing. The Iranian nuclear program, which Iran implausibly says is for civilian purposes, is “the greatest challenge” now facing 21st-century leaders...
...Vice President Joseph Biden and senior Iranian officials, including Ali Larijani, the speaker of Parliament, will mingle at the Munich Security Conference this weekend. They should talk...[and]Obama...[must declare] a solemn declaration that the United States recognizes and no longer seeks to destabilize the Islamic Republic — an implicit renunciation of force...I think the tightened sanctions being contemplated by Obama are a bad idea.
The sanctions don’t work...reason can still prevail...Khamenei’s ultimate duty is to preserve the revolution by being true to Khomeini’s example. Obama might, obliquely, remind him of that.
This is the most stupid, illogical, unworkable, fancible and discombobulated process of thinking and analyzing I have read in a while (not that there are some others who come close).
He promotes Khomeini-style revolution and presumes that is not what Iran is doing.
He admits the threat to Israel (ignores that to the world) but makes fun of a military measure to offset it.
If, God forbid, something is attempted by Iran before Israel can neutralize it, I hope Cohen is around, and I hope I am too, because I'm going to come looking for him.