Azadeh Moaveni writes about how Iranians are increasingly disenchanted with the failed policies of their current regime and are generally well-disposed to the United States. That said, "Starting in about 2005, Iranians' historic esteem for the United States gave way to a deep ambivalence that is only now ending." It seems to me that the ideal way for us to take advantage of this situation is for the United States to elect a president who thinks it's funny to joke about launching an unprovoked war on Iran, and who deems all efforts at diplomacy aimed at improving U.S.-Iranian relations as tantamount to appeasement.

People love being threatened with air strikes, there's no more endearing way for a nation to behave on the world stage than to threaten them frequently -- ideally in a light-hearted manner that involves a Beach Boys reference.

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