It's Time to Get Serious about Iran

On CBS' 60 Minutes yesterday, Lesley Stahl interviewed Meir Dagan, ex-head of Israel's Mossad.  Stahl opened the segment titled "The Spymaster Speaks" by explaining that Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu had injected himself into the U.S. presidential election by calling on President Obama to establish "red lines" for Iran to prevent the mullahs in Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.  It was a thinly disguised attempt to embarrass Prime Minister Netanyahu and to enhance President Obama's standing in the eyes of American voters.  During the interview, Dagan said that Iran's leaders, including Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, were "rational," but he qualified his assessment by explaining that their rationality wasn't like "Western rationality."  According to Dagan, helping to bring about regime change in Iran is preferable at this juncture to an attack on Iran's nuclear facilities.  That position puts him at odds with Netanyahu who is preparing...(Read Full Post)