Let me stress that point. Obama’s strategy makes war–including the chance of an Israeli attack some day–more, not less, probable. Incidentally, forgive me for adding that my argument that Israel was never going to attack Iran at this time has been increasingly shown to be accurate.
At any rate, Obama’s strategy will fail to do anything but possibly look good to his domestic audience.
What then is the alternative? Not war, but a comprehensive strategy designed to contain and weaken Iran that goes beyond sanctions to political action. This means undermining Iran’s allies, Hizballah in Lebanon and the Syrian regime, and giving strong support to the Arab states of the Persian Gulf so that they feel the United States is really going to protect them. These people don’t want an American president who panders to what he thinks Arabs and Muslims want but a president who is tough in protecting U.S. interests – interests that include their own survival.