Our Irrational Iran Policy

Source: Eunomia
by Daniel Larison

“The hawkish obsession with Iran in this country is genuinely bizarre. The U.S. has fought major wars against some other states that are no longer vilified and distrusted to the extent that Iran is in our policy debates. The U.S. established normal relations with Vietnam twenty years after the fall of Saigon. The opening to China occurred less than twenty years after the armistice in Korea. Since the U.S. and Iran have never fought a war on that scale, it should be easier to pursue some form of detente with Iran than it was with the others, but as we all know there is no chance that any president could propose such a thing without being politically destroyed. This is completely irrational, but this is the reality.” (06/10/22)