Incentivizing Dictators To Go Nuclear

Steven L. Taylor points out an irony:

It struck me as ironic that just under eight years ago Gaddafi specifically engaged in a course of action [by giving up his nuclear program] clearly intended to forestall US military action against his regime and that, despite that, he is now under military attack from the US and its allies. Moreover:  if he had actually acquired just one nuclear weapon, the current actions would likely not be taking place.

Says Doug Mataconis: "If you are Mahmoud Ahmedinejad or one of the Iranian mullahs, what lesson do you derive from Libya’s experience?"