By Daniel DePetris
Bolton and Pompeo believe the United States and Iran are unable to coexist. In their minds, the only solution to the Iranian problem is to change the regime. Both of these beliefs are dead wrong. The United States can manage Iran and even improve relations with the country with the deterrence and hard-nosed diplomacy that has proved so effective for the United States in the past.
We don’t need a war, with all of its unintended and catastrophic consequences, to defend U.S. interests. What we need is a level head, reason, and the courage to engage in tough but necessary diplomacy with our adversaries.
This piece was originally published by The Federalist on May 16, 2019. To read this piece in its entirety, click HERE.