November 22, 2011 | Quote

Would Obama Use Military Force to Stop Iran From Getting Nukes?

It’s hard to tell the motive for leaking this information. Jonathan Schanzer of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies e-mailed me: “There’s one way to look at this positively — it can be viewed as psychological warfare, in an attempt to persuade the Iranians to stand down.” On the other hand, Schanzer warns, “Of course, it can just as easily be argued that U.S. officials are spoiling the surprises Israel has in store for the Iranians, which would help the mullahs make contingency plans. This would mean that US officials are actively trying to undermine an Israeli attack.” He concludes that it’s too early to tell which it is.