Jonathan Rauch of the Brookings Institute has an article in this month's Atlantic magazine, Containing Iran , that suggests that a nuclear confrontation with the demented regime in Iran is not as imminent as some pundits suggest. Why? The United States.
If Iran emerges as a nuclear state, one country in the world will be providentially equipped with decades of applicable experience and a proven strategic template. The country is the United States, the experience is the Cold War, and the template is containment.
Read the whole thing if you want some hopeful news out of the Middle East for a change.