Regions / Iran
Optimism about U.S. budget cuts to nukes was soon overtaken by tension over Iran's nuclear enrichment program and a fire on a Russian nuclear sub.
"If we manage to avoid this war, someone will deserve a Peace Prize, but probably not someone who already has one."
The West's sanctions on Iran are hurting the country's middle class and marginalizing the country's pragmatists. But they can neither cripple Iran's economy nor halt its nuclear program.
President Obama, too, is pushing the envelope with Tehran to keep the Republicans at bay.
Iran is so militarily disadvantaged compared to its opponents as to make its threat to close the entrance to the Persian Gulf almost farcical.
The United States may also be working to ensure Georgian President Saakashvili's re-election.
What would happen if we stopped playing games with Iran?
The term "U.S. assets" is a little too open to interpretation.
Iraq knows that Iran -- unlike America and other Western forces -- is there to stay.
Economic sanctions have not persuaded Iran to give up its nuclear program, so it's time to try something different.