Assuming that MAD, mutually assured destruction will work with
Iran like it did with Russia maybe naive.
The question of the 13th Imam isn't to be ignored.
Its a belief that that you've got to have Armageddon to bring
on the 13th Imam and the conversion of the world to Islam.
Ahmadinejad is a Twelver, and has called for Israel's destruction.
maybe at risk, in time, stoping the nuke now may cause them
to redouble their efforts and buy time for the over throw of the twelvers.
Making way for a more reasonable regime of non-twelvers. G )
"We have been down this path several times with countries like Iran, and know how to balance the containment and rollback and efforts at detente designed for the soft-kill. There is no solid logic for going all wobbly on Iran's nukes. We simply know how to manage that package."
Does USA know how to deal with an potentially suicidal state?
The Green movement nor the Mullahs are the ones with the finger
on the Button...The Twelvers are.
What happens if Israel does a air strike on Iran's nukes,
and USA sanctions Israel?
Let Israel do some heavy lifting.
If Iran does smuggle a nuke into the border areas,
and sets off a cloud of radio activity over Israel,
I'm sure they will take great comfort in knowing
MAD worked all the time before Iran got a nuke.
Asymmetrical warfare with Nukes is a area
not well explored, and Iran is thinking about it.
JUST SAY NO TO IRAN NUKES.