Dana Milbank in The Washington Post on the fallout from Cain's accusations When Sharon Bialek came forward yesterday with more accusations that Herman Cain had sexually harassed her, she was met with supporters and skeptics. "It remains to be seen where this coming out by Bialek, the first Cain accuser to go public, will take the harassment scandal and Cain's quixotic candidacy," Milbank writes. He details the "ribaldry" of the scene in which Bialek's "ubiquitous scandal lawyer" Gloria Allred introduced her client. He notes the "seediness" of Bialek's tale, and her seemingly genuine nature. Some conservatives questioned Bialek's story, and Milbank notes that the previous accusations against Cain haven't hurt him much in the polls. Of course, Cain should already have been an unlikely contender, having "demonstrated repeatedly that he lacks the skills and organization to make it to the nomination," Milbank writes, "But for now, unfortunately, the issue at hand is where Herman Cain's hands have been."
Jeffrey Goldberg in Bloomberg View on using force against Iran The International Atomic Energy Agency will release a report today arguing that Iran is intent on acquiring nuclear weapons. While the stakes are high for Israel, there are costs to a military strike, making action from the United States the more likely outcome, Goldberg writes. Goldberg notes the reasons Israel believes an Iranian regime that sees Israel as a "cancer" cannot be allowed nuclear weapons, but he also details the difficulties such a raid would pose for their Air Force and the threat of retaliation against their citizens it would create. He then argues for his belief that President Obama would use force. A preemptive strike would maintain U.S. power in the region, meet with support from our allies, and promote Obama's vision of a nuclear weapon free world. "If Iran's leaders feared there was a real chance of a U.S. attack, they might actually modify their behavior," Goldberg writes. "I believe Obama would use force -- and that he should make that perfectly clear to the Iranians."