Haven’t commented here in a long time, but I know it’s the best place for information on these issues, so I read everyday. Thanks for all your work.
But, more to the point, I honestly don’t understand what Netanyahu and the congress hawks want or how they think. From what I read by foreign policy and intelligence experts (Juan Cole has good information but also the NY times today), bombing Iran would only set it back a year or two. The only real way to eradicate the entire program would be to invade, overthrow the government and dismantle it ourselves. Iraq was a disaster, and repeating that stunt in Iran would be 100x so. Plus our military is stretched already.
So, the deal (we don’t really know what it is yet) seems to be the best we can do if we take people at their word that “preventing nuclear weapons” is all that they want . However, the cynical part of me wonders if more sanctions to keep economically crippling Iran is what they really desire in addition to this goal. I also don’t doubt that there are some people crazy enough to want an invasion eventually.
I wonder if Netanyahu will really lay out what his “plan” would look like in this “speech.” I’m guessing he’ll stress the sanctions argument, but I would love to see him argue for an American “invasion.”