Thursday, January 9, 2020

Iran's options in showdown with America are all bad.

Good summary. The question always hinges on just how crazy the ayatollahs or some Quds officer might become on any given day. --Del
Iran's options in showdown with America are all bad. By Victor Davis Hanson
Excerpt: After losing its top strategist, military commander and arch-terrorist, Qassem Suleimani, the Iranian theocracy is weighing responses. One, Iran can quiet down and cease military provocations. After attacking tankers off its coast, destroying an oil refinery in Saudi Arabia, shooting down a U.S. drone and being responsible for the killing and wounding of Americans in Iraq, Iran could now keep quiet. It might accept that its strategy of escalation has failed to lead to any quantifiable advantage. Trump did not prove a passive "Twitter tiger," as his critics mocked. Instead, he upped the stakes to Iran's disadvantage and existential danger. The chances, however, for such a logical and passive readjustment by Iran are nil.

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