U.S. curtailed on reforming IranIf it does, you missed my post the other day.
BY TIMOTHY M. PHELPS AND CRAIG GORDON
January 14, 2006, 9:08 PM EST
WASHINGTON -- One year ago, the United States was actively identifying targets inside Iran for a possible bombing campaign, according to intelligence sources.
The official rhetoric of the United States toward Iran had for some time been nearly as bellicose as it had been toward Iraq two years before, with the most hard-line U.S. officials making it clear they were interested in fomenting regime change in Tehran as well as in Baghdad.
But now, despite all the tough talk in Washington and Europe last week about Iran's nuclear program, the reality is that the diplomatic options are limited and, in part because of Iraq, the military option is almost nonexistent.
Phelps and Gordon, of course, have far more access to source material than I do, and so their article is a must-read if you are interested in Iran.