Commentary of the Day

thucydidesjr, on Eric Trager:

Gates’ point regarding the use of force clearly refers to the most (politically) plausible type of attack, some kind of stand-off strike with air power or cruise missiles. Clearly if the US had as a preeminent foreign policy objective the elimination of Iran’s nuclear program and regime change, it is within its capabilities to do so. As you rightly point out, Eric, no president should take the latter option off the table. I wouldn’t play it up, either, since I doubt such a threat would be perceived as credible.