The recent election of Hassan Rohani – who ran on a platform of better relations with the international community – as president of the Islamic Republic of Iran offers the renewed possibility of a diplomatic solution to the impasse over Iran’s nuclear program.
Unfortunately, some in Washington seem determined to repeat past mistakes that could foreclose the possibility of such a solution by escalating pressure and threats against Iran at precisely the moment that a re-invigorated diplomatic outreach would be more advisable. A POLITICO op-ed by Michael O’Hanlon and Marvin Kalb — which contains one serious definitional error, and rests upon a couple of questionable assertions — offers a case in point.
The above excerpt was originally published in POLITICO.
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