The Iranian Riddle
Time Magazine / Trita Parsi
04-Mar-2010 (one comment)

Iran is the 21st century equivalent of 1930s Russia — a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. The Iranians haven't stumbled upon this mystifying state coincidentally, and the enigma isn't the result of outsiders' failure to try to understand them. Rather, the Iranian government has a deliberate policy aimed at confusing the outside world about its goals and decision-making processes. "There is an intention out there to confuse," a noted Iranian professor told me in Tehran a few years ago. The rulers in Tehran think that opacity and the perception of unpredictability buy them security.

Given that intent, it is hardly surprising that Washington has had such a difficult time formulating a successful Iran policy. Right now, the Obama Administration is embarking on the sanctions track, pursuing both a U.N. Security Council resolution, as well as measures by a coalition of the willing that would go beyond anything imposed by the U.N. The idea is that a tough sanction regime would hit the Iranian government — and especially the Islamic Revolutionary Guards — while sparing Iran's population. (See the top 10 players in Iran's power struggle.)

Yet despite what they say, few in Washington believe sanctions alone will alter Iran's behavior. They have never worked as well as they might in Iran; rhetoric has only served to raise tensions further. The experience of the Bush Administration shows that the combination of sanctions and rhetoric about regime chang... >>>

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by Fred on

What a brilliant strategy, no wonder NIAC lobbyist proposing it.  Lets leave the weaponized nuke acquiring Islamist Rapist alone and rest assured the danger will resolve itself. Yeah right!

What happened to his another brilliant idea of talking with IRR with no strings attached?