To Sanction Or Not To Sanction

Kevin Sullivan weighs the options:

It's this thuggish regime the United States must negotiate with if it wishes to halt an Iranian nuclear weapons program and alter Iranian behavior throughout the Middle East. Whether or not sanctions impede or stymie Iranian revolution shouldn't be a calculation in present negotiations with Tehran. A nuclear-armed Iranbased off the North Korean case study, for onewould be far more difficult to press on human rights, fair elections and civil liberties. This is what Ken Pollack once referred to as Iran's dual ticking clocksone clock ticks down to revolution, the other to a nuclear bomb. Waiting and cheering for the former to go off before the latter is not a luxury the U.S. presently has.