Time relays some more chatter/balloon floating regarding military strikes against Iran.
Different tunes are not quite being sung yet…but they are being hummed.
The Iran options are all bad, but the current approach is clearly not working. That’s what happens when you are dealing with a very serious and determined adversary. Plus, Iran has cover from China, Russia, Brazil, and Turkey, who aren’t quite sponsors, but who clearly have different interests than the U.S. and our gulf region allies.
Still, it seems unlikely U.S. leadership or direct action against Iran is likely given the current leadership team and environment. The people of Iran may be divided regarding their own leadership, but there’s nothing like a war to bring them together.
The idea of preventive efforts to keep Iran from getting to this point would be viewed in hindsight as brilliant. Of course, that option was politically neutered with the 2007 NIE.
Perhaps the Israelis have it right–go in, bust up the stuff as best you can, get out, and repeat as required.